Perhaps this video will help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khTKRwoWqn4
It shows a safe method for helping someone get into a car, but suggests not to use the step-in-first method. I agree, that backing into the seat is best. And then you can help her with the leg lifting after she is seated. It will be easier that way. Make sure she can feel the car on the backs of her legs before she sits. This re-training can take a few times, so be patient.
My FIL has begun to forget how to do certain things, too. Getting into the car isn't an issue yet, but he has forgotten how to buckle the seatbelt, so we have to do that for him. I assist my MIL into the car in much the same way as described in the video, and it works very well, although she doesn't need quite as much help as yet. Although she did have to re-learn how to get into the car after her stroke because she used to use the step-in-first method and after her stroke and amputation that didn't work so well anymore.
Oddly enough my father taught me when I was very young that the step-in-first method was 'unlady-like' and that ladies should use the sit and turn method for modesty's sake. Funny, huh? I guess you could say my dad was kind of old-fashioned, but perhaps I'm better prepared for future problems should they occur in my own mobility.
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