Second Assisted Walking Technique

Follow the guidance below to implement the technique which supports an individual to walk, using minimal support and will vary depending on the individual’s risk assessment.

Things to consider before using this technique are as follows: the individual’s height, weight and ability, whilst also taking into account your own capabilities.

Palm on Palm Technique

  • Stand at the side of the person when giving minimal support
  • Place your hand in an upright position showing your palm
  • Invite the person to place their palm on your palm, to create a palm-to-palm position
  • There should be minimal weight placed on you when guiding the person and remember to walk slowly


Do’s and Don’ts

Encourage the individual to do as much as possible
Ensure the individual has the correct aids to support them mobilise
Do not take direct weight of the individual when mobilsing as this can lead to injury
Do not grab the individual’s hand, wrist of arm when mobilising
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