Chapter 3: Help with mobility and movement

Getting ready for the move

As Jasmine became less mobile, she needed me to help her sit up and to get out of bed. I was doing it all wrong, so I got the visiting nurse to show me a better way to do this. Those techniques help me, and it is a little easier this way.

Sometimes a person who is ill finds it uncomfortable to be moved, but staying in the same position for more than a couple of hours may lead to even greater pain or discomfort. Changing positions is important, except in cases when someone may not live more than a few hours. Below are some general tips for moving someone in bed.

Before you start

Below are several points to consider before you begin to help the person who is ill with movement when they are in bed. Click the arrows to view.