Friday, 1 January 2010

TEACHING SAFE USE OF A WALKER

Sitting down
  • First, tell the patient to stand with the back of his stronger leg against the front of the chair, his weaker leg slightly off the floor, and the walker directly in front.
  • Tell him to grasp the armrests on the chair one arm at a time while supporting most of his weight on the stronger leg. (In the illustrations, the patient has left leg weakness.)
  • Tell the patient to lower himself into the chair and slide backward. After he's seated, he should place the walker beside the chair.



Getting up
  • After bringing the walker to the front of his chair, tell the patient to slide forward in the chair. Placing the back of his stronger leg against the seat, he should then advance the weaker leg.
  • Next, with both hands on the armrests, the patient can push himself to a standing position. Supporting himself with the stronger leg and the opposite hand, the patient should grasp the walker's handgrip with his free hand.
  • Then the patient should grasp the free handgrip with his other hand.