Hi there! I’m new to this site so apologies if I’m posting incorrectly!!
My Dad suffered from a stroke in June and finally returned home last Wednesday. It was incredibly rushed - just two weeks from the day that my parents’ home was assessed - and everything that could go wrong seems to have done so. My Mum, 80 years of age, has a heart condition and I’m worried that all this stress won’t be doing her any good. I won’t go into all the problems as I took a day off work last Friday and started to make some progress at getting things on track, but the main area of concern at the moment is that Dad is being difficult and keeps taking off his wrist alarm and undoing the seatbelt on his wheelchair. He suffers from ‘trunk control’ issues which means that he keeps slipping down.
The first time it happened Mum had to call an ambulance out to sort him out as he’d got himself stuck in the chair. Last night it happened while Mum was preparing dinner in the kitchen and he slipped onto the floor. Mum hadn’t wanted to be a nuisance so instead of calling the emergency services she asked her neighbours to help! My sister and I have tried to drill it into her that the emergency services are trained and paid for this…her neighbours aren’t…plus it’ll get logged and Dad will get checked which is important.
In addition, Dad keeps removing the personal alarm around his wrist. This will be of no use to him if it’s on the table and he’s slipped onto the floor.
If anyone has any suggestions on how we might be able to tackle either of these issues, it would be much appreciated.