|Helping with lifting and
moving the person with Parkinson's disease
"It's the physical part
of caring that I find most difficult - I had to be taught how to lift
for someone with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may often involve helping them
to move round. It is important that you are fully prepared and do this the
right way. Moving someone who is unsteady or immobile can be potentially
dangerous for both of you.
is very important to ensure that you are handling and lifting the person
you are caring for correctly. Inappropriate lifting techniques can easily
lead to back strain, falls and accidents. Whenever possible try to
get someone to help move the person with you, rather than doing it just on
are some general rules that you should always follow:
warn the person you are helping what is going to happen.
sure the immediate environment is safe - remove any obstacles.
to ensure the height you are working is suitable - a higher chair, or
extra mattress on the bed may make it easier.
the person you are moving to do as much as possible themselves.
to move by rolling, tilting, or turning and lift as little as
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you must lift, stand close to the person, spread your feet apart so that
you have a stable base, always bend your knees and/or hips and not your
back and tense your stomach muscles.
Community Nurses (who can be contacted through your family doctor) or
physiotherapist can demonstrate safe lifting and moving techniques and
practise them with you.
occupational therapist may be able to advise you on suitable aids and
equipment that make moving easier and safer. These include transfer
boards and hoists.
some areas there are short courses for carers that teach good handling
and lifting skills. Your family doctor or hospital specialist services
should be aware of these.