Enter The Machine

Hoyer lifts, Sit to Stand lifts, ceiling lifts. Because sometimes, we all need a little help. These machines are used for residents who can no longer stand and maneuver on their own anymore. If using a sit to stand lift on a resident, they must be able to weight bare. There is only ONE thing I need to say about these machines and it is the single most important thing you must do.

NEVER. USE. THESE. MACHINES. BY. YOUR. SELF.

Do I need to make this clearer? When used properly, they are a Godsend to a PSW because  they make transferring so much easier. But when not used properly, you’re in for a shit load of trouble. Not only are you putting YOURSELF at risk, but you are putting your resident at risk and they are your priority. I’ve seen people get fired ON THE SPOT for using these machines without another PSW or nurse present. I don’t care if you have to wait an extra 10 minutes for someone, you will wait.

While at work a couple of months ago, we had some students come in and work with us. I was so thrilled, here I was a successful PSW in the field teaching and working with students the same way other PSWs did with me. And the above paragraph is exactly what I told them. I told them to repeat it adnausium until it stuck.

This is a hoyer lift.

This is a sit to stand lift:

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