Why do we turn people in bed
Why do we turn people in bed?
Due to a variety of often complex medical conditions, a service user may be or become unable to transfer independently, reposition themselves in bed or manage their own care tasks; Often this is due to a restricted range of movement, weakness or poor cognitive function and understanding.
In these circumstances, a minimum of one carer is required to assist with many tasks whilst the service user remains laying in bed. These tasks include:
- Carrying out personal care tasks such as washing and dressing
- Placing a sling for hoisting transfers
- Repositioning the service user for comfort or relieving pressure on certain body parts.
Each of the above tasks will require a service user to be turned in bed; they may need to be turned in both directions. This task may require a considerable amount of strength and agility and very often requires more than one carer to manage due to the likely difficulties involved.