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This is Dr. David
I am sorry that your brother is falling
he is 71 years old
does he have weakness in his legs?
has he seen a doctor to get his strength and nerves checked?
has he had a stroke before?
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
it sounds like he might have many different health problems
he has none of the above
is he not eating well?
is he able to get enough protein in his diet?
.no he is not eating very well at this time he lives in a care home so I am not there all the time
this is a tough situation.
if he is not willing to do more physical therapy and strengthen his legs then there is not much which can be done.
he should be placed on fall precautions at the care home
I'm sure the nurses there know he is a risk for falls.
it sounds like he just wants to sit all day
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
what type of chair is he in now?
is it a recliner rolling patient chair?
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
he should only be standing with the assistance of physical therapy aids to watch him.
and he can stand and walk with a walker with wheels on it if he wants to walk and exercise for therapy.
but he should only be doing this with a nurse or therapist at his side.
to make sure he doesn't fall again.
does this make sense?
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
yes, he needs to call the nurses before he tries to stand.
best of luck to you and him.
I hope he doesn't fall any more.
talk to his nurses at the home to make sure they understand he shouldn't be standing on his own.
and that he should have regular assisted physical therapy and walking to try to help him keep some strength.
let me know if you have other questions.
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thank you for this information it would seem that the chair he sits in is alright for the moment
if he stays put in the chair
he might need a seat belt in the chair to make sure he stays in place
so he doesn't get up without assistance.
like the seat belts they have in cars
for his safety
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