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!
It is really too bad you cannot get her in a pool! I work with a lot of people who currently use walkers- although they are not as dependent on them as this woman is, the water has helped them greatly to make small movements away from using them all the time. (I mean this in a good way not bad, since most of them had a situation where they had fallen previously and rely on the walker on land as a sense of security).
I do have to say though I agree with some of the above comments. Since I work in a setting where I am surrounded by Physical Therapists I do feel like that would be helpful to her in order to get her mentally ready to not use the walker since it sounds like more of a mental thing vs. a physical need for it.