I found out from my parents that my mom’s outpatient PT that she is making my mother walk up and down their driveway that has a pretty steep incline. Of course she is with her and guiding her with her walker, but I feel this is far too aggressive. And since she has dementia, I feel once PT is over, she might take this upon herself to get the mail, which would be disasterous. She also wants my dad to help her with an awkward two step down onto a tile floor to do laundry.....which is where she fell to begin with. My sister and I do the laundry, but has to be done according to our schedule which apparently isn’t good enough. She also expects him to take her outdoors that is grassy and uneven. My dad is 90 and shakes a lot due to the beginnings of Parkinson’s. Mom has severe osteoporosis, PMR, and compression fractures. Needless to say she is a high fall risk. She is also on meds that could compromise her balance. With her dementia I feel she is being encouraged to do physical activities that will lead to another fall.
All things considered they should be in an AL facility, but both refuse....their home is too large and they would never spend the money on the renovations (bathrooms, ramps, etc.). I am going over to speak with the PT, but I am getting resistance from my parents. They both like her, but I’m afraid she is setting up unrealistic goals that will put my mom in jeopardy. Am I overreacting? Or should I speak with her and see how the PT orders were actually written?