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Mobility issues and limitations

Why is Mobility Important?

Mobility is closely tied to our sense of independence, but also our social connectedness, activity and security (Health.Vic 2018). A person’s wellbeing can be considerably compromised by a mobility restriction.

Mobility issues become more of a concern with age, and in many cases, the older adult must face a period of adjusting from complete independence to sudden reliance on another for even minor tasks, such as brushing their teeth or basic grooming.

Mobility issues become more of a concern with age, and in many cases, the older adult must face a period of adjusting from complete independence to sudden reliance on another for even minor tasks, such as brushing their teeth or basic grooming.

A mobility impairment can range from limitations of stamina to total paralysis 

(Ferris State University 2019).

Often, a lack of functional mobility can contribute to additional health issues. For example, limited functional mobility in an older person could prevent them from maintaining continence (Health.Vic 2018).

The Effects of Facilitating Mobility and Self-Care

By encouraging and helping a patient to achieve or regain mobility, the risk of the following decreases:

  • Depression;
  • Delirium;
  • Under-nutrition;
  • The chance of falls and fall-related injuries; and
  • Loss of confidence due to fear of falling.
(Better Health Channel 2015)

In a situation in which drastically reduced mobility results in bed rest, there is a heightened risk of additional health complications.

 

www.ausmed.com.au/cpd/articles/mobility-issues-and-limitations-aged-care