Care recipient (cr) with obesity has trouble using a wheeled walker due to balance problems affecting standing and walking

Try: #improve stability while the cr rises to stand by making sure the bed or chair being risen from is sturdy and either braced against a wall or immobilized so it won’t move backward when the cr gets up #a caregiver can help stabilize the cr by using a gait belt to help the cr stay balanced while the cr rises and walks #a gait belt is a strong webbed belt that fits around the cr’s waist the caregiver holds the belt from the back or the side to give some guidance and improve stability gait belts are available by doctors’ prescription and through physical therapy departments and catalogs for a cr with significant obesity look for a bariatric gait belt one that is designed for a person with obesity

Materials: Gait belt wheeled walker sturdy chair or bed helper

Categories: Medical Physical, Personal, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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