She actually weighs less than me, but I still can't lift her up. I know to check for injuries before trying to move her, but after that, I'm stumped. She just fell (didn;t quite aim right when sitting down on her recliner chair, so it turned under her or she rolled off, not far from the carpeted floor, so she wasn't hurt. We have a guy living with us, and he is so strong he can heave her up like a sack of potatoes, but today I tried to figure out a way to do it myself, because he isn't always here, and I need to know what to do when he's not here and she falls. I tried blocking her toes with my feet so they wouldn't slide and holding both her hands and pulling her up, only got her inches off the floor. Tried sitting on the couch and having her scoot up so her feet were against the bottom of the couch and pulling her up by her hands. No good. Finally gave up and went and asked him to help, which he did by getting behind her, having her sit up and putting his hands under her arms and pulling her up. I think I would put my back out if I tried that. Any suggestions? If there are no injuries, can anyone tell me a position I should put her in that is best to lift from? Are ther any devices that could help lift her from the floor? I help her get out of chairs and cars all the time, but I just can't get her up when she is on the floor. Also, she is weak, and has difficulty understanding directions if I ask her to move a certain way, so she can't contribute much to the effort. Thanks for any suggestions!
ps. Makes me think, at the very least, I need to get more exercise myself! I doubt if she would be willing to do even the simplest exercises because she does not comply well with things I ask her to do, but maybe someone knows some psychological tricks or theraputic fibbing I could use to get compliance for exercises that could help her be stronger and more able to contribute some of her own effort in this situation.