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How to Help A Person Change Position Safely

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about helping a person change position?

A change of position can take pressure off the skin and keep blood flowing. The person's risk for bedsores and blood clots is lower if he or she moves often. Examples of a change in position is shifting weight in a wheelchair or scooting up in bed. A bedridden person may be independent (needing minimal help) or totally dependent. Safe techniques can help protect the person and you from injury and falls.

What general safety precautions do I need to follow?

What do I need to do before I help the person change position?

What do I need to do after I help the person change position?

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