4.3.1 Overview

Now that you have an understanding of how to assist clients to stand, you are ready for what comes next: ambulation. Of course, not all clients are ambulatory, but many of those who are require assistance from another person or a device like a cane or walker. In this chapter, you will learn more about how to assist your client safely and what sorts of assistive devices are available.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of safe practices for assisting clients with safe ambulation and mobility (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.

  • ambulation
  • mobility
  • gait
  • cane
  • walkers
  • prostheses
  • crutches
  • braces

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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