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Supporting a patient during ambulation.

Supporting a patient during ambulation.
Supporting a patient during ambulation.

Aides should place one arm under that of the patient, gently grasp the patient’s forearm, and lock their arm firmly under the patient’s axilla. Thus, if the patient starts to fall, aides can provide support at the patient’s shoulder. If a patient is wearing a waist belt, aides use their free hand to grasp the belt.