Generation Hip problems
I remember my grandmother driving to the supermarket twice a day to get a few items for each meal. It was her way of having a reason to get out of the house and to feel active. She was 85 and still driving around somewhat safely but since it was on the outskirts of the town, the roads were empty. One day she got out of bed and broke her hip. That was the end of her mobility. Life would never be the same after that but with daily care she shifted from going to the supermarket to getting her lady friends over to her lovely house and playing bridge.
As of late in the next generation down, my mother just had a hip replacement due to a heavy fall in the shower (it seems to run in the family so I better be careful and stay healthy and strong). On average, the rate of hip replacement increased by almost 30% between 2000 and 2011 according to the OECD. This is an issue that families should think about as well as help prevent by just a few house changes such as; baths, that are impossible to get out of with the water suction, showers are hardly equipped with handles and seats, anti skidding materials, lack of rubber protection can be lethal to the older population. It is important to think about how to make showers completely safe so that nothing too dangerous happens.
Meanwhile, after mom’s hip replacement, we immediately got an army of physiotherapists to help her recover quickly. Otherwise, it would have taken ages to heal and get all the muscles and ligaments functioning again. It is important to realise that the cells can atrophy and shrink the older you get and getting better can take forever if at all. If we had not organised daily physiotherapy, she could have never been able to continue her own activities feeling free and mobile just like my grandmother.
We discovered a great way to find very professional therapists recommended to us by the hospital in charge of the hip replacement. They told us about a certain website that has worldwide coverage of home care professionals. Wherever anyone may be in the world, you can find a great therapist through this Internet site. It gave mom the extra support and confidence whilst she could go visit her friends anywhere and still feel comfortable getting stronger and stronger with the right homecare.
This year, we are all going on vacation together to the South of France and we have already been interacting with several Physiotherapists for every day care. My dad also found a nurse to monitor his diabetes every day as we will be eating a lot of rich French food!