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A tale of terrible woe - Page 2 - Carers UK Forum

A tale of terrible woe

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Mum paid bills, walked every day and cooked for herself at 94. She worked out which utility company and plan was better for her quicker than the utility guy with computer could! Surprised the heck out of the new graduate!!!

She had a dear neighbour who did a weekly shop, and someone to mow the grass.

Within a couple months in hospital, she was described as having 'acopia'!

I need to see if I can find the paper i read on bedrest. Sounds innocuous but soon has profound and lasting effects on mobility, strength, agility AND psychological wellbeing!!
Even for those of us relatively "fit and well", we are now being told that we shouldn't sit for longer than about an hour. I try to get up a couple of times during TV-watching in the evening, even if it's just to go to the loo, make a cuppa or get the washing.

Also I now try to do some of the things I would previously sit down for (folding washing, for example) now standing up.

About a year ago I was visiting a physiotherapist because of a dodgy knee. Apart from a prescribed set of exercises she gave me, she also said that one of the most important things you could do to maintain mobility as you got older was to never use your arms to help yourself up out of a chair - not always easy, but I'm trying!
I can't understand why patients in hospital are not encouraged to move about
as much as they are capable of doing. Take walks at least twice a day. or even just sit
and move arms legs about within their capabilities.
I walk an hour each day, including a hill climb. Also do some exercise
indoors too,
Putting on fat around the tum is dangerous.
Right, Albert. With two assistants, Mum fell down ( or was that a slide? which didn't need investigation). She soon lost confidence and the nurses, pt, took that as an excuse to leave her in bed.....
Just imagine when a doctor goes on his ward rounds he is heard saying to a nurse,
"When did this patient last do any exercise?"
"Why is she in bed when she could be sitting in a chair moving her arms
and legs about. I've told you about this before. Get it done, nurse!" :)
Although I agree completely that staying immobile is terribly harmful (I've had two major operations in the last 18 months and the staff have encouraged me to mobilise as soon as I possibly could, even when I was in intensive care for 8 days I could transfer to an armchair at the side of my bed and do seated exercise to prevent blood clots), there can be another side to the coin.

My 95 year old aunt has been in hospital for just over a week after collapsing at home and lying on her bedroom floor for possibly up to 48 hours (she lived alone and would not accept carers going in), has been treated for an infection and responded well to antibiotics, is now much less confused and agitated. Prior to this incident she was able to walk with difficulty in her own home but was really struggling to rise from a chair or get up and down the stairs, and had not been outside her own house for over 5 years. She had never been willing to seek treatment for her arthritis (possible knee or hip replacements might have made all the difference if she'd had them years ago, maybe).

Now she cannot weight bear at all, the nurses and physios have repeatedly tried to get her to stand or transfer to a chair but she is physically fighting them so they cannot use force to get her to do it. She doesn't have dementia, it is just another form of her lifelong tendency to make stubborn decisions which aren't in her best long term interests. Luckily the social worker whom my brother met with today agrees. She is to have a 12 week placement in a care home to see how she settles in - if the staff there manage to cope with her they will have my undying admiration. My brother and I are so relieved, we were dreading the social worker deciding that she still had capacity and could insist on returning to her home.
Hi Albert, again. That's pretty much what happened when I took mum to A&E with what turned out to be a provoked DVT. Her consultant ordered the head nurse to find out why mum was bedbound with no PT. That's when they said the request for PT had gone to the wrong district. We'd been waiting for nothing!!

The consultant didn't take mum's age as a reason because her father in law was still gardening at 102!!! There are some good consultants out there, but others are satisfied with confining patients to bed.
As my Aunt had never owned a car and was cycling into her 70's it was awful to see the lack of mobility,I dread to think how bad it would have been if she hadnt been as active before being taken into hospital!!
As she loved cycling we have managed to get her interested in using one of the small pedal exercisers.She can sit and watch TV and do a bit off pedling which is ideal as its non weight bearing,although sometimes she does seem to use it as a footrest when your out of the room and only start again when you comeback!she loves singing so some "cycling songs" can help get her motivated too so shes not thinking about what shes doing,it is hard to get her motivated as it all seems such an uphill battle to her for nothing and we have had tears over the shock she feels having lost the ability to even stand in such a short time.
The pedal exerciser seems like a good way to keep moving. Mum had an Homedics walker exercise thing, electric powered. Very gentle but it did help with blood flow. Sometimes, every little helps..... :(