Here are the issues. I have trained several seniors with all different ailments, surgeries, etc. However, this woman is in good overall health, previous dancer, no weight concerns but has become extremely dependent on her walker.
She apparently has fallen 4 times in the past, and suffered a broken hip, had a hip replacement, and has developed a great fear of being independent, however, would like to not depend on her walker and wants to work of course on balance, stability, coordination, strengthening, but how do I help her with exercises in her walker to slowly doing exercises without? She also suffers from Vertigo.
She begins training with me next week. I’ve got her for one hour a week and just need ideas, please! Advice, anything!
I don’t turn away too many clients, but in this case I probably would. I could be wrong but it sounds like she could use an Occupational Therapist at this stage. Once she gets over her fears and gets steadier on her feet, then I would think about taking her on – consulting closely with the Therapist. Good luck Dawn – I hope things work out.