Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

Mr MacDonald 3

3. You assist him to the toilet

Before you get there his legs give way. In your attempt to help him, you feel a pain in your back and he falls to the floor and injures himself.

Mr MacDonald is lying on the toilet floor and someone is with him

More information

  1. Giving assistance may seem like the right approach. However, if you attempt to help people without knowing what factors are affecting their mobility, and the type of help that they might need, you risk injury to the person and/or yourself
  2. You may need another person, or special equipment to move people safely following stroke. You should ensure that you are adequately trained in appropriate moving and handling techniques

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Page last reviewed: 21 Jan 2020