Changing position regularly can help someone to feel more comfortable and prevent pressure sores.
If you regularly lift or move someone, it's best to get training or have someone demonstrate the correct techniques to avoid injury to yourself or the person you are looking after.
The GP, district nurse or occupational therapist can give information about suitable equipment. You might find it helpful to ask about:
- bed guards and rails
- electric or adjustable 'hospital' beds to help someone sit up
- ‘active’ mattresses with air pockets that inflate and deflate to help prevent pressure ulcers
A Carer's assessment from social services can help you plan what support you need. Your local Citizen's Advice can guide what practical and financial support you can access. Please see our service directory for contact details.
The video below from Hospice in the Weald shows you how to use an electric bed as an aid, how to turn someone onto their side to wash them or to change bedding or pads and how to move them the bed and reposition pillows.