Chapter 3: Help with mobility and movement

Helping with walking and movement

It was hard for him to move, but we would take a short walk down the corridor when we could. It was a slow process, but we did it. Each one of those short walks was a personal victory for him.

As the person’s illness progresses, they will need assistive devices to help them with walking and movement. It’s important to observe the person’s changes and request supportive devices such as a cane, a wheeled walker, or wheelchair, if available, to prevent falls or injury to yourself while assisting the person with walking. Click the arrows below to read some considerations.

If they fall

If they start to fall and lose their balance, don’t resist the fall. Try to go with it gently to protect both of you from injury. Once you reach the floor, calm yourself and the person who is ill and check for injuries. Click the switch button below to see what you can do next, after you are both calm and you have checked for injuries.

If they are strong enough to get upIf they are NOT strong enough to get up

Position a chair close by. Have them kneel on the floor and then slowly raise themselves using the chair for support.

Position them comfortably on the floor using pillows and blankets, and stay with them until help arrives.

As the illness progresses, your healthcare team will recommend some equipment or aides to help you safely assist the person with movement.

Watch the video for a demonstration and tips on how to help with walking and movement.