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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. January 11, 2020 at 11:13 pm | Posted by Vera Jones

    The hoyer lift was the best thing ever happened to me for my mom I learned how to fit it under her to get her out the chair ,in the chair,to the potty since it want fit in my bathroom.I slowly let her down over her potty and but it back under her when finished until I widen my bathroom which I'm doing.The lift will work for you if you learn ways of using it but can become heavy pushing when one is in it.It pushes better when they're in the he air than down lower , make sure they're in the strap good and all colors match up .She can't walk on her legs just happened in one day she's been to rehabilitation and continue to do therapy,my sisters want to put her in the nursing home because they don't have time to help,I can't see that she has function of her hands and can scoot out her lift chair to her transport chair and I push her in the bathroom now but make sure it's locked and she scoot on the toilet.Good luck and keep the don't lift to high it can turn over with you use your feet to help push the wheels.


  2. June 30, 2019 at 4:47 pm | Posted by ozioma

    my mum is having similar issue , she cant even push out her feases, is their any solution?


    • January 11, 2020 at 11:18 pm | Posted by Vera Jones

      Let her mix fiber powder in her drink it will help her read direction for it.My mom took stool softener which did nothing but the powder works good Good luck I Know it's not easy and get in contact with the department of aging they'll send you some help and hospice can to it's not all about the dying


  3. 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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