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Mom, age 69, has advanced alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. While she is completely out of her mind, her body is very healthy physically and she is very ambulatory! She is having at least one and sometimes 2 falls every day. The problem is that she confuses objects for what they are used for. So for example, a few days ago, she tried to sit on one of those yellow "Caution Wet Floor" signs in the middle of the hall. She thought it was a chair. Unless an aide is with her 24/7, she is just always getting herself into trouble. Anybody have suggestions about how to help reduce the falls?

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These type of problems happened with dementia people but you don't worry. She is strong lady and even dementia person will know how to protect her.
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Well, the degree of alarm might be a little less if she has good bone density and at least sort of catches herself. You hate to make her quit waking, and you probably can't do one on one aide full time either. Has she had an injuries, or any history of fractures?
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My husband fell once or twice (or more) a day when he first developed dementia. The walker was useless for him. He perked up considerably when he got a wheelchair. He could propel it with his feel and not worry about falling.

I'm not sure if that would help your mom. Her issue is a little different. She might see something interesting and get up and fall anyway. Also, at her age you certainly want to maintain her mobility. But maybe she could walk when an aide is present, for example to the dining room, and use the wheelchair when she is on her own. A wheelchair made my husband's life much happier and safer, so I mention it as an option, but I think your mother's situation is somewhat different.

If you find a way to reduce the falls, do share here. This is an extremely common issue.
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Wonder if your Mom would still be able to use a rolling walker, one that has a seat, using the brakes might be tricky. That would help lessen the falls, and the seat is right there for her to use.
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