Improving your patient’s mobility is crucial if you want them to get better. A patient who can move is more likely to feel happier about their predicament. In addition to this, improving mobility can help to promote independence.
Improving patient mobility, however, is not always easy. Some patients require more help than others, some patients simply don’t want to try.
Below, you can find some tips that can help you to improve patient mobility slowly, but surely.
Use Mobility Devices
Some patients may need the assistance of some mobility devices. Devices such as these include:
- Walking frames
- Walking sticks
Devices such as these can help your patients to feel more confident when they walk. Other devices such as handrails can also help. Just make sure you only install rails that meet hospital handrail requirements.
Encourage Range Of Motion Exercises
If a patient is able to exercise a little, try to encourage them to do so. Some patients may need to work on the range of motion in their feet and/or legs.
The more exercises your patients do, the stronger their joints can be. This can help to prevent them from injuring themselves in the future.
Range of motion exercises can also help to boost patient confidence.
Give Your Patients Plenty Of Time
Some patients may need more time to work on their mobility than others. Just make sure that you give them enough time.
Try not to offer too much treatment in one go. If you do, they may feel overworked.
Don’t slow the recovery down by expecting too much of a patient.
Simply keep every patient busy enough so they can complete their tasks with little to no help from you. This is the ultimate goal, but it can take time.
Get Family Members Involved
If your patient has a good relationship with their family, getting them involved can:
- Help to improve their well-being as others will see their progress
- Encourage faster recovery as others will feel happier when they achieve something
- Help patients feel as if they’re making progress
- Ensure that they do not feel as if they’re on their own
Getting friends involved as well as or instead of family members can also help.
Talk With Your Patients
A good way for you to help improve your patient’s mobility is to talk with them.
Ask your patients what they are afraid of. If they are afraid of falling, for example, talk with them about whether using a walking stick or wheelchair will help.
Talking with your patients can help you to establish a good and open relationship with them. It can also help them feel more confident about the care they receive from you.
You can help to improve your patient’s mobility by using the above tips. While every patient is different, the above tips can help you to make a difference in their mobility. Consider using the tips in conjunction with the care you’re providing them.