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Discharge Instructions: Using a Walker to Get In and Out of a Car

Your healthcare provider has prescribed a walker for you. To use your walker, you need to learn new ways to get around outside your home. A walker can help you when you get in and out of a car. (Note: If you have had your hip replaced, you may need special instructions. Ask your healthcare provider or physical therapist to show you the best way to move safely.)

Guidelines for use

Tips to follow include:

  • Watch for obstacles such as pebbles, potholes, or uneven surfaces. Avoid these, if possible.

  • Keep your hands free by using a backpack, fanny pack, apron, or pockets to carry things.

  • Try to park your car on a level surface.

Getting in a car

  • To sit down:

    • Back up to the open doorway of the car.

    • Hold on to the side of the car or the dashboard for support.

    • Lower yourself slowly onto the seat edge. Watch your head.

  • To bring your legs into the car:

    • Slide back onto the seat so that you are not sitting on the edge.

    • Lift your legs one at a time into the car.

Getting out of the car

  • To bring your legs out of the car:

    • Slide to the edge of the car seat.

    • Lift your legs out one at a time. Be sure your legs can reach the ground.

  • To stand up:

    • Place your walker directly in front of you.

    • Hold the crossbar of the walker with one hand and the car seat with the other. (Never try to use only the walker to stand up—it could tip over.)

    • Raise yourself slowly out of the car. Watch your head.

Follow-up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by your healthcare provider.

 

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