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I am a carer and need advice about transfers

As a carer, looking after yourself and your wellbeing can help you to care for someone else. It is important to know how to safely move the person you look after, to prevent injury to both you and them.

Occupational Therapists can demonstrate correct moving and handling techniques and use of equipment such as stand aids, hoists and slings. They can also give advice on the different types of equipment to keep you and the person you are looking after as safe as possible.

To request an Occupational Therapy assessment, you can email [email protected] or call 01296 387024.

If the person’s ability to move around changes, an Occupational Therapist can review the equipment you already have to check the suitability of this.

The NHS have created a really helpful checklist of things to consider before you attempt to move someone else.

How to move, lift and handle someone else - NHS (

If you decide to buy equipment independently without seeking advice from an Occupational Therapist. The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has information on equipment you can buy to move or lift someone safely. See link below

Living Made Easy - Choosing a hoist and slings for lifting people