Mom fell and broke her hip last Christmas 2014. She recovered in record time. Now, because she won't use a walker, she fell again in May 2015; this time resulting in a broken pelvis. She is currently in the last days of rehab and will return home to her 24/7 caregiver this coming week. But she refuses to participate in exercise and physical therapy to strengthen the weak leg, and she says the therapists just want to "fatten their pocketbooks".... ugh.
Mom has a walker coming when she gets home but she will refuse to use it. Hell she will barely accept the live-in aide. She has fired her many times. This "aide" is more like a gem from heaven. She goes above and beyond for my mom. She takes her out daily on little excursions, makes home cooked meals, and keeps the house spotless. Yet mom doesn't "need" anyone and often tells her she needs to find a new place to live. Mom is under the impression that she is doing the aide a favor by letting her live there and "eat her food"... :(
My mother is getting increasingly confused and agitated.
I know she is going to fall again. Physically she is in great shape for 92 years old, but mentally; well - she thinks the toothpaste is a skin cream and forgot dad (her husband of 68 years) died in 2009.
She is in the moderate/severe stages...guessing like a 5/6 at this point.
If she doesn't get her way (i.e. if you try to help her get to the bathroom, etc) she will hit you with the remote and say "leave me alone!"