My mom is an extreme fall risk. Ideally, she would sit and read, watch TV, look at magazines, do some scrapbooking and so on, and then let one of us know when she wants/needs something or needs to go to the bathroom.
No. She promises us that she will stay put (while we run out to check the mail or step outside for a minute to talk to a neighbor), and then the second we step out the door, she takes off. Off to wash the dishes (that I will be washing when I get back). Off to take all the books off the bookcase and dust them. Off to do any of a million things that she doesn't NEED to do.
I finally told her today that this is unacceptable, and it has to stop. It's one of two things: Either she is unable to remember that she promised to stay put, or she is willfully being defiant.
She has fallen at least eight times this week. All of these falls could have been prevented if she would just have asked one of us to help. I am at the end of my rope.