Care recipient (cr) forgets to keep feet on the footrests of wheelchair during travel or transfers increasing the risk of injury

Try: #don’t begin pushing a cr in a wheelchair until you have made sure the cr’s feet are on the chair’s footrests #when pushing a cr in a wheelchair push at a slow speed and stop the chair immediately if you feel a sudden drag against forward motion check to see if the cr’s feet are both still on the footrests #if not remind the cr gently to keep both feet on the footrests while the chair is moving #if the cr does not comply with your request try pulling the wheelchair backwards instead of pushing it to your destination moving the chair backwards prevents the foot from getting caught or twisted under the wheelchair while it is moving even if the foot touches the ground while the chair is moving backwards it will simply be dragged harmlessly along rather than pushed dangerously forward #this idea also works well when entering or exiting a building the caregiver can back up to the door and push against it to open it once the door is being held open by the caregiver the wheelchair can be swung in through the open doorway

Materials: Caregiver who is adequately mobile wheelchair

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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