Avoiding falls and staying safe at home can help our loved ones with Alzheimer's maintain mobility and comfort at home. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, including declining eyesight, poor muscle tone or balance, medication side effects, or general confusion.
On myALZteam, the social network and online support group for those living with Alzheimer's, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Fall prevention is one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some question-and-answer threads about fall prevention :
My mother has very restless nights, she wakes up between 1am and 5 am and tries to get up out of bed and wander. Our worst nightmare happened three weeks ago when she got up and fell beside her bed and had a displaced fracture of the pelvis.
Here are some conversations about fall prevention:
• "I know that leaving him alone for more than a couple of hours is not a good idea he gets into mischief. My fear is that he will get hurt. He has had several falls luckily I’ve been home. Time to look into having someone to call on and sit with him while I’m gone."
• "Finding I am second guessing myself....is hubby worse than I think he is....he's unsteady on his feet but no falls recently. I want to do things with him but second guess and dread what will happen during or after the trip....anyone else feel like this?"
Can you relate?
Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myALZteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.
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