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Thread: New caregiver to be, need exercises to do to strength myself

  1. #11
    We often travel as well. For car transfers (if needed) we use a Beasey Trans board, and we have a travel lift that we use for cruises, staying in hotels, etc. The one we have can be seen at this website:

    There is also a more traditional looking travel lift that can be found on the site

    Mimimize your manual transfers. Your body will thank you for it.


  2. #12
    KLD, and Zilla -I agree with you both!

    KLD, I know firsthand that one's ability to do manuals diminishes over time; when Matt came home from rehab (almost 6 years ago now!) I could do a manual with ease; now, between him gaining a little weight (now he's 'normal' - when he came home he looked like a refugee camp survivor), and my lower back developing problems, I can't do a manual anymore. So, I agree that it IS important to have other means available.

    Zilla, I agree with you alo, that there are times when a manual is just 'easier' - and quicker, too, in an emergency.

    To get a PT referral, call the physiatrist (he doesn't have to like him to get a referral ), explain the situation, and ask him for a PT referral to teach you transfers, range of motion exercises, and wheelchair 'safety' (even tho you probably already know most of that).

    If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. - Mother Teresa

  3. #13
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    kenmore wa
    Sorry for the misinformation; I am using the same method they use at the VA. If the balance points are right it is more a matter of using a fulcrum principle than brute strength. I have used a Hoyer but found it most inconvenient and more painful with all the stooping required. We used to travel extensively; often taking three week road trips around the backside of the country. I guess we were lucky nothing went wrong.

    "We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us."~~Sartre

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