Deb Knight is focused on maintaining the safety of Suncare staff and customers.
Joining Suncare from the Royal College of Healthcare in May 2021, Debbie trains staff to do their work without compromising themselves or the safety of customers.
Debbie is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge and her key message for all of us is to ‘stop, think and assess’ before doing any activity. She also reminds us to look after ourselves mentally and physically and to get enough sleep and eat well.
Deb’s tips for getting in and out of vehicles safely
Accessing transport is an important aspect of staying mobile and independent, and here Deb shares her tips for getting in and out of vehicles safely.
1: Sit on the car seat with both legs on the pavement, then swivel both legs in together. This places less strain on your body and allows even pressure if you use a mobility aid. When exiting the car, swing both legs out together and stand up, resting on the open window frame, your carer’s hands or mobility aid, with your balance evenly spread.
2: Ask your driver to park on a flat area, half a metre out from the kerb. This enables you to regain your balance or use your mobility aid before you step up on the kerb.
3: The front passenger seat should be as far back as possible. This enables you to straighten your legs when you swing them in and out.