My 87 yr old mother snapped her femur in half two weeks ago and just got out of hosp/phys rehab today.
She wasn’t home 30 minutes when she tried to remove her leg wrap. My brother couldn’t get her to stop. She smacked him a couple times with open hands and told him and his girlfriend, who tried to help, to “Get out of here. Leave me alone.” Mom isn’t ‘officially’ senile, but has trouble understanding things at times and she is very forgetful. (No weight on the broken leg!!)
She tends to listen to me and when I told her if she didn’t keep the wrap on the doctor would put her back in the hospital. That did the trick…this time.
I’m hoping a calm, firm voice ‘endlessly’ repeating “the doctor will put you back in the hospital” will get her to comply. I have my doubts.
What can I do to get her to comply with the wrap and keep the leg immobile?
Needless to say, I’ll be very grateful for any and all advice.
signed: Sleepless in San Francisco