How Lift Chairs Can Benefit Nurses and Caregivers

Using a lift chair is one way in which seniors can increase safety in their home and improve independence. These lifting aids are used to make it safer and easier for the senior to stand-up on their own, while also making sitting safer. However, it is often overlooked the benefit these devices can have on the caregiver.

It is common knowledge that caregivers, including nurses and workers at nursing homes, are at an increased risk for developing joint issues and back pain. Back and neck injuries, as well as hip, knee, and wrist issues often result and are more common among those that provide care for the elderly. These are many times long term concerns, such as an increased risk for osteoarthritis, but can also manifest in disorders like carpel tunnel syndrome.

The increased risk for mobility related disorders among nurses and long-term patient care providers can be caused by many factors, but are often as the result of directly moving and lifting a patient. These factors not only put the caregiver themselves at an increased risk of injury, but also increase the risk that they will injure the patient during lifting or other movements. Preventing these factors and improving the health of caregivers is, therefore, quite important.

The most significant impact that a lift chair can have on a caregiver is that it reduces stress on the back, legs, and other joints, as the care provider can use the lift chair to raise the patient to their feet. As a result, the main part the care provider will preform is steadying the patient as they transition from sitting to standing position, usually until they are safely using their rolling walker. Removing the stress that can be placed on leg and back joints by lifting or otherwise raising a patient can have a major impact on long term health.

In many cases, the senior is even able to operate the lift chair on their own, without requiring any major help. This offers a variety of advantages, largely involved with reducing the amount of time the nurse must focus on moving the patient, allowing them to use their time on other aspects of patient care.

However, this strictly depends on the abilities of the senior, mainly whether they can safely stand on their own, but in instances where the senior is capable of operating the lift chair without assistance, it can have major impacts on the seniors mental health as well. This is because the elderly patient feels more independent and can move about their own residence, without needing to wait for a caregiver or other helper to stand or sit.

Protecting the health of a care provider, such as a nursing assistant, is a very important task, more so because people in this industry are at an increased risk for developing illnesses later in life. An often unreported advantage of using lifting aids like lift chairs is that they benefit not only the person who has difficulty getting around, but also those that provide care, which can include loved ones.