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Any tips on lifting my elderly father to transfer him?

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I cannot lift my father to transfer him, yet the tiny lady who gives him a bath does it easily. She said she is just used to it. I know it is in the leverage, but, he works against me.

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Also, a safety belt - not sure what they call it officially - makes it easier. Just last night I got the call from the home care agency that my mom had fallen out of bed. Went over, put the belt around her waist, and was able to pick her up from the floor with no problem. Don't know why but it makes a big difference. Otherwise, she's like dead weight and I don't know that I would have been able to get her up myself otherwise. Psychologically, it also might help everyone feel a little more secure.
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There are lots of YouTube videos that demonstrate various transfers.
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CNA classes do teach how to transfer from bed to wheelchair etc. it's one fluid motion.
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A lot depends on the patient who needs the lifting. I remember watching an EMT trying to get my Dad out of the front seat of the ambulance which had transported my Mom to the ER. I don't know how the EMT was able to do it, as Dad was flapping around like a fish out of water, I thought for sure that both would fall backwards as the front seat of the ambulance sits up very high.
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Maybe it's her training. I don't know much about that. Maybe some here will chime in with help. I have considered going to those classes to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. I'm not sure if they would train in how to assist in transferring a wheelchair bound person or not. You have to be so careful, because you and your dad could get hurt.

I know that when my cousin is being transferred by the Memory Care unit staff, they seem to have little difficulty, however, if she sees me standing nearby, they seem to have a horrible time doing it. It's like she can't cooperate with them. I'm not sure if I distract her or what. I started stepping away and out of sight when they transfer her and it makes a big difference.
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