- Oct 27, 2016
My mother-in-law was like this. She had falls at home, but she was referred to the falls clinic who actually made a couple of home visits . But mother-in-law refused to engage with the physiotherapist and couldn't follow directions. Eventually, the visits were abandoned, due to her steep cognitive decline . I'm sorry to say, that eventually she needed someone with her constantly to prompt her to put one foot in front of another. This was one of the factors that led to full time care.An odd one. My dad went to the falls clinic the other day, it was slightly more helpful than I first expected. He seems to be having more problems with the left side of his body, they went through a cognitive few tests, he would struggle with lifting his left leg, raising his left hand to his nose... things like that, but would be far more able with his right side of his body. He hasn't had a stroke. They have also suggested that the physio home visits may not really be helpful for him, as dad struggles with following the directions for the exercises. They seemed to think that physicaly dads body was fine and that his issues stem more from his rapidly falling cognitive function (this is what I had suggested to the GP, who dismissed my suggestion at the time - the same one who didn't rally want to see my dad walking....).
They also said that from looking at his CT scans that his brain looked like what they would have expected from someone 20-25 years his senior. The memory clinic had told us that his brain looked fine though... maybe they were just looking for different things? The falls clinic also said there wasn't really anything they could do.
The physio team called to say they would be taking away his new 3 wheel mobility aid, as they felt it wasn't safe for him, so that sucks. But yeah, the physios also confirmed that they wont be coming back after next week.
So feel a little lost now, as I'm unsure what happens now....