Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Second Advisor

Quinn Junghans


There are many informal caregivers providing support to loved ones in their homes. Hiring a trained professional is often a financial barrier, leaving no choice but for a spouse or close relative to assume the role of primary caregiver. Many of them risk injury due to improper body mechanics when helping the patient transfer from one position to another. A four question survey was created to ask the public if they had any caretaker experience, felt comfortable performing a patient transfer, if they knew what a gait belt was, and finally if they were interested in learning a technique that would prevent physical injury to self and patient. Since 77.3 % responded, “yes, they would want to know more,” the need was then established. A step-by-step instructional tri-fold brochure with colored photos on how to prevent injury on a transfer was created for the Visiting Nurses Association-Hospice (VNA) in Salinas, CA. The goal is for VNA to provide this brochure, as a preventative tool, to hospice caregivers.