betty765 Asked July 2011

Should an elderly parent go to a rehabilitation center because they cannot lift their feet when they walk?

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Subject slids her feet more then taking a step, right knee being treated for arthoritis..

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CaraMia Jul 2011
Is she safe in her home with her foot shuffling? Might a walker provide support that would help her to walk with greater ease?
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195Austin Jul 2011
If she can not lift her feet due to weakness rehab probably would help-my husband would not life his feet high enough when home but when out in public he usually did lift-in our state medicare will only pay for rehab after a hospital stay of at least 3 days and the cost per day is 450 dollars-that was over 2 years ago-and the rehab would have to do the paperwork and medicare only porvides PT while a person is making progress-if it can be arranged it would be worth it to look into rehab but often a person forgets how to walk properly so it depends but I would give it a try as long and medicare picks up the tab.
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vstefans Jul 2011
PS age is just a number...my mom quit walking in her late 70s...other folks I know were still golfing at 93...if it would improve her quality of life, go for it!
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vstefans Jul 2011
well it depends - often excercise will irmpove arthritis, I know my mom' shoulder's cleared up and quit "crinkling" (medical term = crepitus) so much when they got her to move them more. the shufffling could also be Parkinson's which will respond more to medication though I think they've shown therapy to re-develop mor normal patterns of movement in the trunk, etc. can help.
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