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Resident Positioning and Alignment - Lateral/Side

Step 1 Knock before entering the room. Identify and greet resident. Explain procedure. Perform hand hygiene. Provide for privacy. Ask for consent.
Step 2 * Raise bed rails. Raise the bed to best level for good body mechanics.
Step 3 Lower rail on side where you are working.
Step 4 . Place a pillow under the resident’s head and neck. Move the Resident towards you in segments (head 1st, then trunk, then feet)
Step 5 Roll resident to side away from you. Now they will be in the center of the bed.
Step 6 Place the upper leg in front of the lower leg.
Step 7 Support the upper leg and thigh with pillows.
Step 8 Place a pillow against the resident’s back.
Step 9 Place a small pillow under the upper hand and arm. Provide for comfort.
Step 10 * Raise side rail. Lower bed. Lower side rail. Attach signal light within resident’s reach.
Step 11 Perform hand hygiene and report & record observations.
Created by: na3