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Wheelchair safety in the home means:
When providing care, allow the person to help as much as possible.
The principles of body mechanics include:
Slight reddening at a pressure point may be an indication of a pressure ulcer.
The correct way to lift is:
Older adults need more light to see well compared to younger people.
The natural way to move from sitting to standing includes:
When lifting, bend at the waist.
When maneuvering a wheelchair down a hill or ramp:
Pressure ulcers can develop at pressure points that include:
To prevent pressure ulcers make sure that:
When helping a person who uses a walker, crutches or cane:
When you lift an object:
When setting up for a stand pivot transfer from bed to wheelchair:
Proper body mechanics includes bending at the knees and hips not at the waist.
Transfer means moving a person from one surface to another.
Slippers and stocking feet are proper footwear for wheelchair transfers.
Never place a gait belt over drains, feeding tubes or wounds.
Anyone using crutches, cane or walker should look down at the ground for safety reasons.
A cane is used on the opposite side of the weak leg.