Percentage of patients who get better at walking or moving aroundWhat It Means
Most people value being able to take care of themselves. In some cases, it may take more time for you to walk and move around yourself than to have someone do things for you. But, it is important that home health care staff and informal caregivers encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself. Your home health staff will evaluate your need for, and teach you how to use any special devices or equipment that you may need to help you increase you ability to perform some activities without the assistance of another person.
Why It Is Important
Many patients who get home health care are recovering from an injury or illness. They may need help from a person or equipment (like a cane) to walk safely. If they use a wheelchair, they may have difficulty moving around safely. Getting better at walking or moving around in your wheelchair may be a sign that you are making progress or meeting the goals of your care plan.
If you can walk with little help, you can be more independent, may feel better about yourself, and may stay more active. This can affect your health in a good way. Your ability to walk and move around yourself may help you live independently as long as possible in your own home.
Some patients will lose function in their basic daily activities even though the home health care agency provides good care.