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Assisting with Mobility: Proper Use of a Handling Sling

This guide outlines the correct use of a handling sling for supporting and steadying individuals during the process of standing from a seated position.

Purpose of the Handling Sling

The handling sling is not a lifting device but is used for steadying and supporting. It is particularly useful when full arm support is not possible.

Assessment of Individual's Mobility

Assess the individual's level of mobility, typically using a film score ranging from four to three, to determine the level of support needed.

Applying the Handling Sling

Guide the individual to move forward in the chair and place the handling sling around them, ensuring comfort and proper fit.

Communication and Comfort

  • Ask the individual, like Di in our example, for feedback on the sling’s fit and comfort.
  • Adjust as necessary to avoid discomfort or tightness.

Support Techniques Using the Sling

There are several techniques to safely assist someone to stand:

  • Palmer Hold: The individual places their hand on top of yours, with the thumb tucked in for a secure grip.
  • Shoulder Support: Place a hand on the individual’s shoulder for additional stability.

Assisting with Standing

Use a gentle rocking motion and verbal cues like "ready, steady, stand" to assist with standing. The sling provides support, but should not be used to lift the individual.

Walking Assistance

Once standing, guide the individual to walk, maintaining support and alignment with their movements.

Using Equipment Appropriately

If lifting is required, this indicates the need for additional equipment beyond a handling sling.