Dwellness • Evacuation Chair

Evacuation Chair

Dwellness customization for:

Your Patient

General Principles

[NOTE: Before you undertake this routine, please study and practice the principles of Safe Body Dynamics for your patient’s transfers and ambulation.]

→ Breathe! Never hold your breath and bear down when exerting yourself ←
→ Stretching helps prevent injury… stretch before work, and stretch every day ←
→ Keep a low center of gravity during transferring or lifting ←
→ When not transferring or lifting, stand and walk fully erect with abdominals engaged ←
→ Think carefully about each move you make ←
→ Prompt your patient's movements, prepare, and wait for a response before moving yourself ←
→ When in doubt, pause and reconsider your next move ←
→ If your patient decides to go down to the floor, do not resist; gently lower your patient ←

[NOTE: The evacuation chair is for us only in an environmental emergency, such as a tornado. The evacuation chair enables a caregiver to get your patient down into the basement, but it requires two people to get your patient back upstairs again.]
[NOTE: Be aware of the weather in the moment, and the weather forecast. Here is a link to your local weather information: Weather Forecast.]

→ CAUTION: Because the evacuation chair requires two people to return up the stairs from the basement, always be sure you have your mobile phone with you if you have to go down into the basement with your patient. ←

Emergency Procedures

→ CAUTION: Before using the evacuation chair, become thoroughly familiar with all of the instructions for its use. Go through all the training, watch the video, read the instructions, and practice. For instructions, CLICK HERE... ←

Clear the path to the basement
  • During any season that has potentially threatening weather
    • Regularly check that there is room in the basement
    • Regularly check that the path from the evacuation chair storage site and the stairway is clear
Unfold the evacuation chair
  • Remove the storage cover and lift the chair off its storage rack
  • Unfold the chair and prepare the belts before seating
Seat your patient in the evacuation chair
  • Use The Safe Walk
    • Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the Evacuation Chair Instructions
    • Practice, review, and refresh your memory often — especially as dangerous weather season approaches
    • Always remember to narrate cheerfully as you move with your patient, even in a tense situation – this helps ensure that your patient will stay calm as you move your patient

→ CAUTION: Before going downstairs, be sure you have your mobile phone with you.  ←

[NOTE: After using the evacuation chair, please clean and replace it in its storage rack.]

HPCA Input

Dwellness input from HPCA and family caregivers can serve to improve the ongoing support system. Feel free to speak up!