Helping someone to move
This section is written for a family member or carer to help them to assist you with your mobility.
Do not try to physically help someone to do things they can manage by themselves. It is safer for them, and for you, for them to be as independent as possible. If a manoeuvre seems very difficult, or you are in any doubt, don’t attempt it – get help.
- Make sure you and the person you are moving both know what you are trying to do, and how you will go about it, before you begin the manoeuvre.
- Using a good technique will often enable someone to retain independence for a long as possible.
- Ask a professional, such as a physiotherapist or district nurse, for tips on how to move someone – some of the techniques are not obvious until you have seen them demonstrated.