Lois is one of the first patients in our balance program at HPT. She came to us after multiple falls with injuries that landed her in the ER more than once. Here’s how she describes the journey so far: “I fell back in July, breaking a rib that punctured my lung. More falls landed me in the ER again twice, then I ended up having my shoulder replaced. I came here for that and the shoulder was getting better, but I kept falling.”
Lois came back in for physical therapy for balance after that last fall. When she started out, she described herself as afraid to be by herself, depressed and anxious, and more fearful about trying to do basic chores around the house. In therapy, we got her fitted for a rolling walker and she started using it at home all the time but confesses she was reluctant about it at first.
We also encouraged her to get a rollator (a type of walker with a seat). Lois really took off with her snazzy new wheels (as pictured)! She was encouraged by seeing herself get stronger from working out in PT and states it took a while to mentally shift gears and “get onboard” with needing to use a walker.
Now that she is used to it full-time, here’s how she describes it: “I feel real stable with the walker. I have one upstairs and downstairs at home. I’m able to dress myself again and load the dishwasher. I’m not as afraid to be alone anymore and my family isn’t as worried about me either. I haven’t fallen at all since starting therapy and I feel like I’m getting my life back. It took me a while to be ok with using the walker but now I feel so much safer getting around.”