Percentage of patients who get better at getting in and out of bedWhat It Means
Most people value being able to take care of themselves. It is important that home health care staff and informal caregivers encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself. If you can get in and out of bed with little help, you may be more independent, feel better about yourself, and stay more active. This can affect your health in a good way. 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. Your ability to get in and out of bed yourself may help you live independently as long as possible in your own home.
Why It Is Important
You need certain physical abilities (motor skills) to get in and out of bed. Your physical abilities can be developed or maintained by managing your symptoms or through physical or occupational therapy. Getting better at getting in and out of bed may be a sign that you are making progress or meeting the goals of your care plan.
Continued weakness or a new medical problem that makes it difficult for you to get in and out of bed may require changes to your care plan. For instance, you may need extra services or assistance.
Being able to get in and out of bed by yourself may be necessary before you can do many other things to care for yourself, like getting dressed or getting to the toilet. It is especially important if you don't have informal caregivers who can help you when your home health caregiver is not there or your home health care ends.
If you stop taking care of yourself, it may mean that your health has gotten worse. In addition, your health and quality of life may get worse in the future. Some patients will lose function in their basic daily activities even though the home health care agency provides good care.