Falling is easy to do

Accidents can happen to any of us, but for elder individuals falls become a frightening reality. I remember worrying greatly about my first client, Mira. Right after she had acupuncture for her severe spinal stenosis, she was still independent and did not want to bug me all the time to do the simple tasks, like bringing in her garbage cans, so she decided she could do it on her own.
The next day when she told me what happened, I almost lost my marbles. First she goes out with a pair of clogs on and a rolling walker. She is dragging her huge recycle bin up the driveway when it gets stuck in a crack. She lets go of her walker for just a second to get the garbage can out of the crack and her walker goes careening toward the street. In that same split second, Mira seemed to forget that she had so much pain and ran for her walker – in her clogs! The whole incident could have been an accident of mass proportions! I just thank God that it wasn’t!
But things happen like this all the time. As people, we hate to believe that our normal, everyday reactions will someday get us into some physical trouble, but many times they do. People break hips, get concussions, and/or break their backs or ribs. Of course these are simply accidents (many of which could have been avoided), but they happen nonetheless.
There are many things that a caretaker can do to help avoid these so-called “accidents.” For the next blog or two I will explain how. And when you learn about them, you, too, will be able to show that With Age Comes Respect.

About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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