Preventing Injuries in Your Home
- Avoid injury by eliminating obstacles: Have area rugs removed. Hide wires to avoid tripping over them. If necessary, rearrange furniture,
- Bed: Try different heights for easy, safer transfers. High bed is easier to sit down and stand up from edge without help. A bed too low places a strain on helper’s back changing your position or in transfers. Transferring: Lock wheelchair wheels, have bed pushed against wall.
- If mattress is too soft: Plywood placed between mattress/box spring helps lifting yourself easier to a sitting position.
- Wedge pillow can support your back when sitting up. Use pillows to support arm or shoulder to maintain proper body alignment.
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