Preventing Back Pain and Injury Among Family Caregivers

Caregiving comes with certain risks. One of them can be back pain. It is not uncommon for caregivers to experience pain or injury as a result of their duties. It often comes from lifting and transporting the loved ones they care for. Below are some simple tips for preventing back pain.

• Admit to feeling pain when it first comes on: Acceptance is the first step to problem solving. The pain signals that something needs to be adjusted about what you are doing.

• Know your limitations: Oftentimes, injuries result from overexertion. If you are experiencing back pain, do not try to lift heavy people on your own. Also, if you are unsure about how to safely move the person, do not try to move him or her on your own.

• Use proper lifting techniques: Improper form while lifting is a major contributing factor to pain and injury. For example: Keeping your feet shoulder width apart and keeping your back straight while lifting can help reduce risk of injury.

• Keep yourself fit: Regular exercise helps improve muscle strength and endurance. See a doctor first before beginning any new fitness routine.

• Get an in-home consultation about techniques and devices that can help with lifting a person.

Seeing a physical therapist who specializes in back pain might also be a good idea.

    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care

Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.

Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.