Tiniree said that she was discharged from the hospital without having been taught how to more easily roll over and get up. This bothered me for 2 reasons………
1. It was obviously important to her and……..
2. Rolling over was one of the first skills that I was taught in PT school in my stroke unit
But I wasn’t taught this skill when I was in the hospital. I don’t know, I don’t think I know anything anymore. I couldn’t remember what they taught us in school, I had to e-mail a former classmate and ask. (Thanks MK for the detailed response)! Remember that I was an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist so I never did this in my practice. So that’s my excuse for not remembering this. Here’s my classmate’s awesome, detailed response……
2. Lying on his back, have him bend his right knee up with his foot on the bed.
3. While pushing with the right foot to roll the right side of his pelvis over towards the left, he should reach with his right hand toward the side of the bed, effectively rolling onto his left side by pushing with his foot and pulling on the mattress with his hand.
4. While holding the side of the mattress with his right hand at the level of his right shoulder, he should then move his legs to the side of the bed. If he is able, he could help his left leg with the right, but otherwise may need help sliding his legs forward to the edge of the bed.
5. He should then lower his feet over the side of the bed while pushing with his right arm to get his upper body up off the mattress. He may need some help with lifting his upper body and/or controlling the descent of his legs.