Most people get into a car by stooping to move sideways through the door. They put in one leg, sit down, and then bring in the other leg. But if you have problems with mobility or balance, getting into a car this way might be difficult or unsafe. It's easier and safer to sit down in the car first, and then move your legs into the car after you're seated. And if the ground is slick or icy, this method is safer for everyone.
To get out of the car, do the same steps in reverse order:
If your car seat has fabric upholstery, you might find that it's hard to slide around. Try covering the seat with something to make it easier to slide on, like a piece of plastic or vinyl. Make sure it doesn't get in the way of your seat belt.
If you still have trouble, ask your physiotherapist or occupational therapist to show you the best way to get in and out of a car. He or she can also tell you about tools that can make this easier for you.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: November 29, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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