This week I was allocated a referral from a GP wanting an OT assessment for hoisting a lady in a care home. She has been a resident at this home for a number of years, but all of a sudden the care workers are finding it hard to hoist this lady due to very stiff joints. I’ve not been to see her yet so no idea what this looks like.
Apparently her joints creak a lot when trying to fit sling & general movement of her body for hoisting.
My first question was, does this hurt? To which they replied, No!
So the problem is the joints.
I am an OT but I really struggled with what to suggest because regardless of what they do her bones are going to creak, but I was very unsure about the stiffness in her joints. Therefore I suggested the care home get a referral for Physio.
My reason for that was because I was thinking if she had exercises (passively moving her joints) prior to any moving and handling could this reduce the stiffness??
I’ve never worked in Rehab or an Nhs setting or anywhere other adult care so exercise knowledge is low/non existent.
What do you guys think?
What would you have done?