Floor Mat safety? He said "not to make a big deal, don't tell anyone he will just get one of those mats like at the nursing home by the beds". He said he was asleep and rolled out of the bed ..again. Again? I didn't know about the times before! He said it was before I stayed nights.
So, if he gets a pad for the floor, what about when he gets up on and off at night to go to the restroom? Will he trip getting that little step or slip?
Thank you in advance everyone ( I am soooo tired that I accidentally called someone out of town when I was trying to call a 800 number to check something for myself, ( not to do with grandpa)!!! I feel sooo bad!
Kedwards460, thank you for sharing, this is something I can watch for with him. Im glad your mom overall had no trouble for such a long time, that's wonderful! Im also glad your mom is ok and not hurt.
I agree with you, to keep him doing his leg exercises. And great idea on the bell and baby monitor. Sometimes I'm outside his house and I cant hear him, so I will get one. The pool I mentioned to him and he said no because he wouldn't know where he is at, his legs are too weak to even try and he would slip. He refuses an adult care center because of him being blind. I am his main caregiver ( he has another one a couple times a week who's suppose to stay 3 hrs each time. She doesnt take him anywhere. You have great ideas thank you :)
Im glad your still enjoying your job and benefiting physically from it! You shouldn't retire if you are doing what you love and can keep doing it :) No meds and only exercise is wonderful! Im glad your keeping active, I need to start being active myself.
which we usually call a long term care facility because it is for any aged adult who requires medical care that cannot be provided for in a non medical setting. We use bed and/ or chair
alarms that have audible alarms that go off when somone gets up for our high risk fallers. Also why is your loved one getting up ? If it is to use the bathroom than put him on a schedule where you ask him every 2 hours if he needs to go. This way you are there to assist him more. You can also become more aware of his toileting patterns and be there to help him to the bathroom. Give him a handheld bell to ring if you are not around or use a baby monitor so you can both hear him and he can call you in the middle of the night. Keep the bed alarm in place at night also. Do activities with him during the day. Mobility is important. Help him to stand in place and ambulate him during the day also. Make sure he is not bored.Does he have activities to do ? I know he is blind but if you are cooking let him mix the cake batter,fold things like clean towels. Empty out the dryer in the clothes basket. Bet you'll think of more things. Get talking books so he can keep up with his reading. Most men like sports sYo tune them in on the radio for him. Find those talk shows on radio or podcasts on the internet. There are so many of them. Try adult day care one or two days a week at first or have your home health aide accompany him to a senior center so he can socialize and do activities with them. The aide stays with him to help him to the bathroom. He may need a wheelchair for this type of outing. If he does not have dementia you may find lots he can participate in. Call also your local services for the blind to see what they have for blind seniors . Google services for blind seniors and see what you come up with on your county, state and federal level. Send him to college. Do you have one in your ares that allows seniors to audit classes for free or very low cost ? There is bound to be a subject he is interested in. Boredom tears you down fast physically and mentally. As a senior the MD says I have arthritis. I take nothing for it. My job keeps my bones in better shape than meds do. I have a lot of upper body strength from turning and lifting people. My legs are well conditioned from walking up and down the unit. My job is my gym.On my own I love to walk and to me to walk a mile or two is like a short walk. Next year will be 63 no plans to retire. Whatever your level is use it or lose it. Your grandfather has yet a lot of good times ahead.
pool he can make use of ? Swimming is a great way to stay in shape. Even being in the water has it's benefits. You should check with his doctor first to make sure it is okay for his medical condition to do this type of activity.
Hes had physical therapists and they gave him all the techniques and such to use. They finished last month. I do stay with him all night plus Im down there off and on all day to help. He does have a urinal and he uses it a little more often now. Its not always at night that he falls, its during the day as well. Im unsure if they can do anything more for his legs, I think at this point he is going to lose the ability to walk. Thank you for suggestions, and I will talk with him again.
Moms66angel- Im glad your mom is using it and its helping her! I think your right, once he uses it, he will like it.
lilgecko29- your right and I mentioned to him what you said. He says hes fine but I told him he WILL call his Dr period and get checked! He agreed! You make a good point about them being able to do it in the hospital so they can do it at home! I told him Im putting my foot down and he has no choice to do what I say/ Drs say...now if he wants to stay out of the NH!
blannie- thank you for the link, Im copying everything down so I know what to ask the Dr for and buy at the Medical store! Im glad its helping your mom. It seems more stable then him trying to rely on the walker to pull himself up!
lsmiami-you must know my grandfather! Yes, I plan on it!
bls0901- thats a great idea to put a recliner in his room so he has the option to sit in his room instead having to go to the living room! Ill bring that up :) Im glad you were able to find one for your mom. Good idea about being able to "hide" the bed rail.
WTDAM1stbook- I agree with you. I never intended on not telling his Dr, and your right, he needs to get checked now to see whats going on before he gets bed ridden. He is headed in that direction.
tiny450- very true! And he still wants to be independent but I told him he needs to get more help/ or medical items to help him. I will keep an eye out for him crawling over it, thats a very good point and I would of never thought of it!
Sodonewithsal1- No worries, your not being insulting but you bring up a good point for others who might have that problem. No, he doesn't drink, he hasn't in years because of him being blind, and can barely walk, plus the meds he is on. The bed rail is a good point. I hope your MIL boyfriend quits his drinking! For them to tell her that is straight to the point but true. Ill keep you all in my thoughts :)
FriendlyBedGuy- Your right, it makes it harder for the elderly incl my grandpa, and with him being blind and legs that are getting weaker, its a bad mix. We do not have many items made in the U.S. any more, it is sad. Good point about planning for the future needs. I looked up super poles and friendly beds, thank you!
Harsh, I know, but realistic.
Even if your grandfather isn't abusing alcohol, you should tell his doctor that he's falling. And definitely look into getting one of those nifty bed rail-handles to keep him safe.
My mom commented today that she loves holding on to it when she gets out of bed since she's getting so frail. Here's a description of something similar if you want to see what I'm talking about. Look for 'Adjustable Height Home Bed Assist Handle rtl15063-adj'.
I plan on telling them. They know about his previous falls, and told him he would need someone more if he keeps falling. I think that's why he doesn't want to tell anyone, he doesn't want more care? He sends his care now home two hours early! Then I need to go in and fill in if he needs me! Half the reason she is there beside cooking, light housework is company! Well, on that note.. lets see what the Dr says about all this. I agree! Thank you once again :)