Caregiver Bed Transfer of Ventilator-Dependent Quadriplegic

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Written by
Kristen Sachs
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AbleThrive Original
Written by
Kristen Sachs

“When Jeff was in rehab after his injury, it took four people to transfer him from the bed to a wheelchair,” shares Kristen, wife and caregiver to Jeff, a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. “One person was in charge of the vent, one would hold his legs, and the other two would secure him on either side.”

“I remember thinking I would never be able to do this by myself.”

But it turns out she was wrong. Now Kristen is able to transfer Jeff on her own with the help of an overhead lift, and lots of practice.

“It took us over a year to get the transfers down smoothly,” she says. “I think the key to a smooth transfer is finding what works for you, then doing it over and over until it becomes routine.”

Now, the transfer itself takes Kristen about six and-a-half minutes to complete. “We do some additional adjusting once Jeff is in the chair, but from the time I lift him up to when I pull out the sling, it’s a pretty quick process.”

“We made this video with AbleThrive to help others who find themselves in a similar situation. This type of video is what I would have loved to have seen while Jeff was in rehab to give me the confidence that I would eventually be able to handle a transfer like this on my own.”

Watch the condensed three and-a-half minute video below as Kristen narrates her and Jeff’s bed transfer routine.

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