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Can a nursing home force you to use the Hoyer Lift process?

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James, I hope that you'll come back and talk to us about your mother's fears. 

 When you say "the Hoyer Lift process", it makes me wonder if your mom knows what a Hoyer lift is; a rather benign piece of tubular steel that makes it possible to safely transfer folks who might otherwise be injured in the process.  The way you word it, it almost sounds as though someone might be thinking, mistakenly, that it's a kind of surgical operation. 
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Are they using the hoyer lift to get someone out of bed who has limited mobility? Too heavy for the staff to transfer thus for everyone's safety they choose the Hoyer lift?
Is the person fearful of using the lift?
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James, your mother has dementia and lives in a nursing home, right?

What is the status of your mother's mobility? Can she walk? Transfer herself from the bed to a chair?

Is the situation that the NH wants to use a Hoyer lift, and that your mother (or you) don't want it to be used at all? I believe a lift must be prescribed by a doctor. Have you tried discussing this with the doctor, explaining why you don't think it should be used?

Or is it the case that sometimes Mother does not want to be moved from where she is, and she is forced to be moved using a Hoyer lift against her will?

Is this about all the time, or specific cases?

Explain a little more and you'll get some specific replies.
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What do you mean, James?

Are you: the patient? The patient's loved one? The patient's primary caregiver?

And what's the problem with the Hoyer lift?
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