The moment Stephanie went to visit with her mother, she was completely surprised to see her condition. Stephanie lived on the other side of the country and wasn’t able to get away from work long enough to visit more frequently. The last time she had seen her mother was about a year ago. The difference in her mother’s physical strength and ability to get around was significant.
Stephanie worried about her mother’s safety.
She watched her mother have extreme difficulty getting up from a chair. She labored just to walk down the hall to the bathroom. Her hand was constantly looking for places on the walls as support.
When she sat in the living room to watch some TV with her mother, she noticed how worn out she looked at the end of the day. When the television program was over and Stephanie was planning to retire for the night, her mother said she would be going to bed before too long.
That’s when she started noticing serious safety concerns. Her mother was trying to hide from Stephanie just how overwhelmed she was with the simple act of getting up, getting into bed, or even getting out of bed.
Thankfully, Stephanie checked on her mother in the middle of the night.
She didn’t know why she did it. She knew she was concerned about her mother’s safety at home, especially seeing firsthand what was really going on with her physical capability, but this night something told her to go in and see if her mother was okay. She looked in on her mother just in time to see her clinging to the edge of her bed, just about to fall out.
She had turned over, not intending to get out just yet, and had miscalculated her position in the bed. That’s when Stephanie started looking into safety accommodations. One of those accommodations was to install bed rails, or at least a bed that could accommodate those rails.
Her mother was a bit reluctant at first, wondering how it would be perceived, but ultimately realized safety was far more important. The bed rails were easy to use, easy to lift up and down, and they would keep her from accidentally tumbling out, potentially leading to life-threatening injuries.
Bed rails can be beneficial for seniors from all walks of life, even if they don’t yet feel as though they have serious mobility concerns. Just shifting the wrong way and falling 2 or 3 feet to a hardwood floor surface can lead to broken legs, arms, hip, and other serious injuries that are readily avoidable with these and other potential modifications at home.
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Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency.With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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