What is a “Transfer,” Anyway?
Transfer is a term used in the homecare industry referring to helping a client move from place to place: out of bed, down the stairs, into a chair, through the garden. It essentially refers to the extra pair of eyes, and arms, and hands necessary sometimes to assist a senior in moving independently throughout their day. With the falls being the number one cause of death among those over 70, it’s an essential part of what we do to keep our clients healthy, happy and as mobile as possible!
No one deserves to be trapped in their bed or in a chair because it’s too painful, scary, or difficult to move. Our physical and mental health depend upon our ability to get around, inside and out of doors. Frequently the senior citizen won’t admit to reduced mobility because they don’t want to seem like a burden or incapacitated in any way, and yet it happens, little by little, day by day, to senior citizens who live alone or even in residential care facilities, where busy nurses and other attendants are consumed with taking care of “problem cases.”
In contrast, the in-home caregiver is focused on providing services like transfer to facilitate independence, and nurture self confidence. It’s one of the special benefits of aging in place, and we would speculate one of the nicest things about having someone around the house or apartment as an in-home caregiver.
Wheelchair? Cane? Walker? No problem! There’s absolutely no reason clients can’t enjoy community events, restaurants, even walks in the park with whatever apparatus they require, as long as the in-home caregiver is there to help. Families and clients often remark upon this increased sense of freedom and the mood benefits it brings to seniors, to know they can get out and get around again with their special helper.