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What should I know to care for someone with mobility impairment?

When caring for someone with impaired mobility, you should manage both their physical and mental health. The inability to move in their usual way can be a shocking and depressing realization for someone, so make yourself available for emotional support. Listen to their concerns and encourage them by emphasizing what they can do, not what they cannot. On a physical level, you should help them maintain as mobile a lifestyle as possible. This includes aiding them in therapeutic exercise and helping them become accustomed to any equipment designed to improve their mobility (wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, computers, etc.). Emphasize movement throughout the day. Being stationary for too long causes a variety of negative effects on the body, including muscle deterioration,  bed sores, decreased circulation, and mental depression. Also, because of their limited mobility, you should make sure they have essentials like food, water, clothing, and restroom access.

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