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A few days ago I did a post about guarding someone when they walk. Jo left a comment about holding onto clothing and gait belts. Absolutely, if it’s an all of a sudden thing grab onto a belt or shirt or something to try to lessen the injury from the fall. However, when you’re guarding someone when walking, don’t hold onto clothing, clothing can fail. Now, gait belts are a thing of the past – I think. I could be totally wrong about this but I was not trained to use a gait belt nor have I seen one used since I started PT school in 2004. But maybe some people still use them.
This is what I was taught when someone starts to fall and you know they’re going down. So if you’re guarding someone properly you will be very close to the person and your hands will be near their hips. Whenever you’re guarding someone, you should be a little bit off to one side – the weaker side. So if your right side is all messed up from the stroke I would guard you on the right. When the person you are guarding starts to fall and you know that it’s gonna happen, you know that you can’t prevent the fall here’s what you do. Your INSIDE leg should go between the patients’ legs. If I’m guarding on the right, my left leg would be my inside leg. Take a humongous step forward with your inside leg – PTs can’t wear skirts to work – and put that inside leg between the patients’ legs, lean the patient back against your body and slowly lower to the ground.