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To most of us being able to move around is taken for granted. But, to many elderly people it is hard to be mobile. Some of them are confined to beds or wheelchairs. Others must use walkers and canes to help them get around.
For people who are bedridden the staff at Algonquin move the resident quite often in small ways – they elevate the head of the bed and use pillows to redistribute body weight. Residents in wheelchairs are encouraged to use the wheelchair themselves rather than have someone push them. This helps keep their upper body strong, and gives them choices of where they would like to go. People who use canes and walkers are encouraged to practice walking both inside and outdoors. This will increase their level of endurance and make them feel like they have accomplished something.
The staff at Algonquin are always trying to improve the residents level of mobility. Walking upright is the highest level of mobility while being in bed is the lowest. Being mobile promotes self-esteem and a feeling of physical well being which helps make Algonquin “A Place Called Home.
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