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how can I help my brother to be safe as he keeps falling all

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how can I help my brother to be safe as he keeps falling all the time
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry that your brother is falling

Dr. David :

he is 71 years old

Dr. David :

does he have weakness in his legs?

Dr. David :

has he seen a doctor to get his strength and nerves checked?

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has he had a stroke before?

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hello?

Customer:

he has had therapy but he hasn't the strength to do it any more he is gradually getting worse all the time he has never had a stroke

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

it sounds like he might have many different health problems

Dr. David :

arthritis?

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heart problems?

Dr. David :

lung problems?

Customer:

he has none of the above

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

is he not eating well?

Dr. David :

is he able to get enough protein in his diet?

Customer:

.no he is not eating very well at this time he lives in a care home so I am not there all the time

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

this is a tough situation.

Dr. David :

if he is not willing to do more physical therapy and strengthen his legs then there is not much which can be done.

Dr. David :

he should be placed on fall precautions at the care home

Dr. David :

I'm sure the nurses there know he is a risk for falls.

Dr. David :

it sounds like he just wants to sit all day

Customer:

as far as I can see they do try their best but I wondered if you could advise a certain kind of chair he could be safer in

Dr. David :

what type of chair is he in now?

Dr. David :

is it a recliner rolling patient chair?

Customer:

also he does try to stand as often as he can manage the chair he sits in is just a chair that you would sit the table but it has arms on it

Dr. David :

he should only be standing with the assistance of physical therapy aids to watch him.

Dr. David :

and he can stand and walk with a walker with wheels on it if he wants to walk and exercise for therapy.

Dr. David :

but he should only be doing this with a nurse or therapist at his side.

Dr. David :

to make sure he doesn't fall again.

Dr. David :

does this make sense?

Customer:

He does have a walker so it would seam he needs to call on someone to help him when or before he tries to stand up would this be rightor make sense

Dr. David :

yes, he needs to call the nurses before he tries to stand.

Dr. David :

best of luck to you and him.

Dr. David :

I hope he doesn't fall any more.

Dr. David :

talk to his nurses at the home to make sure they understand he shouldn't be standing on his own.

Dr. David :

and that he should have regular assisted physical therapy and walking to try to help him keep some strength.

Dr. David :

best of luck to you and him.

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let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer:

thank you for this information it would seem that the chair he sits in is alright for the moment

Dr. David :

if he stays put in the chair

Dr. David :

he might need a seat belt in the chair to make sure he stays in place

Dr. David :

so he doesn't get up without assistance.

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like the seat belts they have in cars

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for his safety

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good luck

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