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My mom can't walk anymore and we use a Hoyer lift to transfer her into bed. However it's hard for her to get centered on the bed. Do you have any suggestions?

 

Question:  My mom can't walk anymore.  We use a Hoyer lift to transfer to the chair or bed. Once mom is in bed it is hard for her to get her body more in the center for a comfortable position.  I was having her sit on a towel and then once she lay down I would pull on the towel. I no longer can do that. Mom weighs close to 300 pounds. Is there another tool I or mom can use so that she can shift her body around to get comfy in bed? Thanks.

Dr. Amy:   I wonder if you have tried using the sling (in the Hoyer lift) to help your mom get centered in bed? I made inquiries on your behalf and am told that this is how hospitals and nursing homes solve the problem. Let me know if this works for you!

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  1. July 1, 2011 at 10:59 am | Posted by JOY BENSON

    My mom weighed 300 pounds and I weigh 125. I had no trouble moving her in bed with the Hoyer lift if I put her over the bed and slowly moved her in the sling a lil at a time, moving the entire lift. You can actually get her perfect in the center of the bed if you move the Hoyer in the center; then holding one hand on the lift, you can ease her down in the perfect spot. Mom didn't walk for 8 months and I got pretty good at it! Best of luck.

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