I know a lot of nurses and medical people live on this board, so maybe you can help with this. I am living with my mom and taking care of her. She is 82, had a broken hip (06) so trouble walking, and bad knees that she can barely bend. She is also a heavyset woman (about 5.5; 210). The other night she fell asleep sitting at the table and basically slumped over and fell on the floor. Thankfully she did not hurt herself. But then we had the problem of getting her up! She cannot just roll over like you or I would if we fell, get on her knees and stand up, because she can't bend her legs like that. I tried lifting her from behind and front, but couldn't even budge her. How do you med workers manage to move elderly people around and pick them up when they fall, need help getting up, etc.? Is there some trick to lifting a person properly when the person can't help you lift themselves? Reason I ask this is because about a year ago, we went to a tribute dinner for my dad, and my mom had trouble getting up from the chair because it had no arms for her to leverage on. A woman at our table (a nurse) came over to her, stood in front of her and just pulled her right up with no effort! And this woman was tiny and maybe 100 pounds soaking wet. I don't know how she lifted my mom so easily, so was wondering if there was some trick to being taught how to lift a person?