I take care of an 84 year old lady. She's on blood thinner so bruising is a problem. Is there a safer way to pull her up? - AgingCare.com

I take care of an 84 year old lady. She's on blood thinner so bruising is a problem. Is there a safer way to pull her up?

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My name is Carol. I have her put her hand in my not using my fingers, and holding her shirt, she pulls herself up by grabbing the bed rail. I then have her scoot her legs to side of bed and then pull them around using my hands under her heels. She then can sit up and I put her shoes on give her medicines and she pulls herself up and uses her walker to the bath room for cleaning and dresses. Is there a safer and better way to do this, I was told how to do this by other person I work with.

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Carol, I think I would ask her if she could contact her doctor, or if you could do so on her behalf just for this one time, and get a script for home care, including an occupational therapist and/or physical therapist. They would be able to offer suggestions to you, such as having her scoot to the edge of her bed, put her hands on the bed and push up using the strength of her arms (if she's able to).

Your pulling her up avoids touching tender skin, but it can't be good for your back.

It might also be that some strengthening of her legs and arms would help her mobility and thus avoid touching her thin skin.

One thing I've seen often is elders who don't scoot to the edge of the chair and push up with their hands at the side of their hips. Some literally try to hurl themselves like cannonballs out of their chairs rather than get to the edge of the chair. I cringe every time I see someone doing this.

You're considerate to be aware of the issues with older skin and blood thinning meds.

I've been thinking about this if I ever reach this point. I think I would design and make (if I'm still able to use tools), a set of collapsible steps that I could put in front of or to the side of a chair or bed. They would be like a stepladder but with locking wheels and handrails. I could pull myself up with them.
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