Why is bed mobility important for seniors?
The word “bed mobility” is related to actions such as scooting in bed, rolling (shifting from lying on one’s back to side-lying), side-lying to sitting, and sitting to lying down. It also involves scooting to sit on the edge of the bed when readying to stand or transfer. People with limited movement due to illness, weakness, harm, or disability may have trouble moving in and out of bed. There is an augmented risk of injury for the caregiver when helping patients with restricted mobility. For the protection of the caregiver and the senior, good body mechanics must be constantly maintained.