1. * Tell the person what you are going to do. * Before starting a move, count with the person, 1,2,3. 2. * To feel in control, get close to the person you are lifting. * While lifting, keep your back in a neutral position (arched normally, not stiff), knees bent, weight balanced on both feet. Tighten your stomach and back muscles to maintain a correct support position. * Use your arms to support the person. * Let your legs do the lifting. 3. * Pivot (turn on one foot) instead of twisting your body. * Breathe deeply. * Keep your shoulders relaxed. When a lot of assistance is needed with transfers, tie a strong belt or a transfer belt around the persons waist and hold it as you complete the transfer. Encourage independence: Let the person assist as he is able. Its okay for the person to stand up partly and sit back down.