Improve Caregiving For Those With Limited Mobility

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When we are injured and have limited mobility, we look to someone or something to help us get around. As a caregiver, it is very important to know the limitations and ranges of motion that your patient has. One accident could lead to permanent inability to walk or stand. Here are a few things that you can do to improve their lives.

  • Get information from the doctor – Knowing what the person can and can not do is crucially to a speedy recovery. Know what medicine they should be taking, their range of motion and how much rest they should get.
  • Have the proper equipment – If the person is unable to stand or walk for a few months, be sure to obtain a wheelchair or other device that allows them to move, independently or through assistance. Getting out of bed will be difficult as well as using the toilet, bathing and maintaining hygiene. It is your duty to assist or provide the necessary equipment so they can do it themselves.
  • Keep them moving – Being immobile for long periods of time will lead to atrophy of the muscles and make it even harder to recover. Take them outside to get some sun and move their limbs around for them to get the blood flowing.
  • Talk to them – When someone has limited mobility, it is common to feel isolated since you cannot visit your friends or family as easy. Have thoughtful conversations that do not revolve around their rehabilitation so it does not become monotonous. Get in contact with their family or friends and encourage them to visit. As long as it is someone they want to hear from, this can allow them to feel connected to the outside world.
  • Improve your education – If you are still limited in your knowledge of helping someone with their mobility, there are Physical Therapy Schools that can get to that next level. Additionally, with that extra education, you can boost your salary income dramatically. The more you know, the better care you will give.

This information is for educational purposes only and does not replace the medical advice, recommendation or orders from your doctor. Please consult your or their physician.

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