The use of mechanical lifts, however, does not eliminate staff injury; even more importantly, it does not take into account the benefits of weight-bearing
transfers for frail older people in long-term care facilities.
This way you can phase back into full weight-bearing
Along with weight-bearing
exercise such as running, walking or a session in the gym, calcium is vital to protect against osteoporosis in later life.
The walker component provides partial weight-bearing
exercise, and the lift portion has a capacity of up to 400 lbs and allows for bed-to-chair, seat-to-seat, and floor lifts.
Running and other weight-bearing
exercise also help maintain bone strength.
It is essential that the proper number and types of equipment be purchased, allowing the correct mix of total lifts (used on non-weight-bearing clients) and sit/stand lifts (for weight-bearing
clients) to be available for use in each care area.
But while most people know the benefits of a balanced, calcium-rich diet, few are aware of the important role of weight-bearing
Biodex Medical Systems introduces the Unweighing System to offload patient weight and reduce stress on weight-bearing
Faaborg Transfer Systems are available in several models and styles as full-person lifts (capacities to 550 lbs.) or stand-up lifts for partially weight-bearing
Was the patient walked, or at least helped to perform adequate weight-bearing
activity to maintain bone calcium?
As a further potential complication, without weight-bearing
exercise, calcium tends to "leak" out of the long bones into the bloodstream and is filtered by the kidneys, which could lead to weakened bones and renal calculi (kidney stones).
Unloading of the body weight reduces pain level caused by weight-bearing