4.2.1 Overview

This chapter begins our exploration of how to support client movements in this chapter. First, you will review general guidelines for assisting with any movement. Then, you will take a close look at how to assist clients out of bed. Finally, you will gain an introduction to assistive technologies that will support shifting, standing, sitting and pivoting, as a first step prior to ambulation or patient transfer, while avoiding injury to your client or yourself.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of safe practices for assisting clients to sit on toilet, transfer in and out of bed, in and out of a vehicles, in and out of seating/resting options (with and without assistive devices).

Key Terms

When learning about supporting mobility, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this book, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.

  • log-rolling
  • dangling
  • lunge/stride stance
  • slider
  • transfer belt
  • pivot disc
  • sit-to-stand unit
  • weight-bear

Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.


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