Moving and handling

Moving and handling

You may physically help the person you care for, for example getting them in and out of bed. We have specialist support to make sure you can do this safely.

As a carer, your role may include helping someone move about.

Action for Carers Surrey’s Moving and Handling service provides safe solutions for carers who carry out moving and handling as part of their role. We offer information, advice, training and support to help carers prevent potential injury to themselves or the person they care for – adults and children. Like all our services, this support is free.

Moving and handling tasks can include:

  • Helping someone get into or out of a chair or bed
  • Dressing
  • Wheelchair transfers
  • Car transfers
  • Using a hoist or other equipment

Avoid the risk of damage to your own health

It’s important that you watch out for your own health. We are vulnerable to injury at any age. It’s not dependant on how capable or strong we think we are.

The effects of poor moving and handling can potentially build up over time and result in some of the following problems:

  • Increased tiredness
  • Reduction or loss of mobility
  • Injury or strain to joints, ligaments, or your back
  • Sharp or long-term pain or discomfort
  • Potential damage to you or the person you are caring for
  • Inability to work, be active or care

How we can support you:

We can offer a lot of help and information that will help you in your caring role, and ensure you get the right support in how you move the person you support.

We can
  • Visit your home or the place where you do your caring
  • Provide tailor-made solutions to your individual caring situation
  • Give short-term loans of small handling equipment
  • Train you on the use of handling equipment
  • Give support at a pace which enables you to feel safe and confident
  • Refer you to other support services, as well as signpost you to other sources of help
  • Advocate on your behalf
  • Liaise with other professionals

Your advisors were a lifeline – excellent advice and supply of useful equipment. We wouldn’t be managing without them.

Support where you live

Action for Carers works in partnership with charity White Lodge to provide Moving and Handling services in Surrey.

In Guildford, Waverley, Mole Valley, Tandridge, Reigate or Banstead…

If you provide care in Guildford, Waverley, Mole Valley, Tandridge, Reigate or Banstead, the support comes from Action for Carers. For help, call us on 0303 040 1234 or drop us an email at MovingAndHandling@Actionforcarers.org.uk

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In Epsom & Ewell, Elmbridge, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking or Surrey Heath…

If you provide care in Epsom & Ewell, Elmbridge, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking or Surrey Heath, the support comes from White Lodge. Call them on 01932 577993 or send an email to MHadvisors@whitelodgecentre.co.uk

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About White Lodge

White Lodge provides services that enable those with a range of disabilities, their families and  carers to lead fulfilling lives.

For more details of White Lodge’s services, call 01932 567131, email them, or visit www.whitelodgecentre.co.uk

Thank you for the sensitive and professional advice.  The advisor was very helpful.

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