Tips to cope with reduced mobility
Remove the hazards
- Try to keep things uncluttered around the house.
- Make sure doorways are not blocked by things jutting out.
- Make sure the floor is clear of hazards.
- Remove flimsy items that could be easily knocked over.
- Make sure the flooring is secured, e.g. no loose rugs to trip over, no carpet edges or tiles lifting.
- Remember to change position frequently and to take short walks. Even walking to the lavatory and back is good exercise.
- A simple walking aid, such as a stick or frame, may help to maintain mobility and improve confidence. It is much safer to use an aid than to clutch on to furniture – or people! The Hospice occupational therapist can advise on what aids are available.
- It is much easier to get up and down from a firm base than a very soft one. Try to ensure that the bed has a firm base and the mattress does not sag and that a firm and comfortable armchair is available (not too low or soft).
- Make sure clothing is not hindering mobility or safety. Clothing needs to be loose and comfortable, but not too long or it may cause someone to trip – as can often happen with nightwear, dressing gowns and trailing belts.
- Footwear needs to be comfortable but secure. Avoid ‘sloppy’ footwear without backs. A slipper that cradles the whole foot is much safer than a mule type.
- Make sure that the soles of shoes or slippers are not shiny or slippery.