As a newcomer to the world of care, I have found that, like every organisation, there is some jargon. We try to fight against it but inevitably, some creeps through.
This is the first in a series definitions of jargon terms.
Phrase 1: “independently mobile”.
When we are talking to clients as they first ring us, we’ll ask them “Are you independently mobile?”
What does this mean?
- It means “can you get up, move about without needing the carer to use her muscles to help you.”
- It means you are able to transfer into your wheelchair by yourself and manoeuvre it independently
- It doesn’t mean “do you use a stick or zimmer frame”
- It doesn’t mean “do you like to hold someone by the hand or arm as you walk on days you feel shaky.”
Why do we want to know?
Because we want to know as much about our clients as possible; to know about any risks (to client or carer) so that we can work out how to enable carers to help clients do what they want to do, yet at the same time to minimise any risks.
- If a carer is going to have to help someone stand up, several times a day, every day, in the end (after a few years of doing this), if she isn’t careful how she does it, the carer is likely to suffer some damage to her back.
- Also, if a client is going to be helped to stand, several times a day, if this isn’t done carefully, there is quite a high chance that the client will suffer some damage to e.g. her shoulders if she is pulled by the hands out of her chair.
So there you go, hopefully you now understand what we mean if we ask “Are you independently mobile?”. Are there any other phrases you wonder about? Why not join in the conversation over on facebook and let us know.