My friend is a health care worker who assists an elderly woman with dementia. She has already fallen twice and fractured her pelvis. There have been no falls the last 6 months due to careful supervision. The patient should use a walker, with the worker following her to assist as necessary. My question is where should we position ourselves when walking with a frail elderly person? If we walk behind them, isn't this useless if the person falls forward? My husband fell in this way when I was walking behind him. He was using a walker and tripped when the walker encountered a step. I was useless to prevent the fall since he fell away from me.
What if the client doesn't use a walker? Should you walk next to them? Should you hold their arm?