Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Slips, Dips, and Falls

One of my biggest fears is Muddear falling. She is heavily dependent upon her wheelchair to ambulate throughout the house; however, she is able to transition from wheelchair to bed, toilet, etc. Whenever I am sitting in Muddear's room, chatting her up at the end of the day, I frequently remind her to put the breaks on her wheelchair before standing. I realize that if I am reminding her daily, who reminds her, when she is in her room alone. My fear magnifies.

Of course, Muddear's reaction is not what I would expect. When I remind her, she always starts to laugh! My alter ego immediately begins screaming, "THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!" In my mind, I want to shake some sense into her. However, the rational part of me speaks firmly but with care, explaining repeatedly the dangers of falling. I explain the potential to break a hip or other body part. I explain that the wheelchair is unable to support her weight if the breaks are not applied. I explain and explain and explain.

Muddear just looks at me with sweetest smile and says, "You are right, I do need to put my breaks on. I always do, I just forgot this time. I'm glad you were here to remind me this time, because I don't want to fall. That wouldn't be good."

She sounds convincing, but I know we will repeat this same conversation tomorrow. I considered posting signs on the walls that say, "Flossie Put On Your Breaks!"


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