Care recipient (cr) has trouble understanding how to properly use a wheeled walker

Try: #buy a gait belt at a medical supply store a gait belt is a strong webbed belt that adjusts over the cr cr’s clothes and that the caregiver holds onto to provide stabilization and support to the cr during transfers and movement #fit the gait belt around the cr cr’s waist while the cr is seated adjust it so that you can fit a couple of fingers between the belt and the cr cr’s clothing #move the walker into position in front of the cr hold onto the back of the gait belt while the cr stands up at the wheeled walker #when the cr is ready to move forward instruct him or her to push the walker the way you would a grocery cart this direction is generally helpful to crs most of whom have pushed grocery carts many times in their lives and don’t have to think much about the movements involved #if the cr does well for a bit but then gets confused give a simple prompt again push it like a grocery cart to help the cr focus again

Materials: Gait belt wheeled walker

Categories: Personal, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, 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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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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