Friday, February 29, 2008
Today Mom and I met with Nicole from Senior Abilities Unlimited. Nicole is a physical therapist who owns her own business. Her specialty is working with seniors including those with dementia, to help them keep moving and to create 'muscle memory' so that even though the brain might forget the muscles remember how to work. She was great with Mom, I was impressed. She got Mom up and walking and she observed her very closely as she walked. She observed that one of Mom's legs is shorter than the other, she recommended a lift in her shoe for this. I asked her why no one else had noticed this and she said it's most likely from her hip replacement surgery. She said that this explains why Mom's left hip is in so much pain , (it's been compensating) and also why her right ankle (remember that?) has been hurting. Nicole's services are private pay, but she came highly recommended so I think it's worthwhile to try her out and she what she can do for Mom. She would come twice a week and work with Mom for 45 minutes each day. Mom was feisty, but Nicole had a knack for getting Mom to do what she wanted her to do. Afterward Mom said she liked Nicole. I guess we will give it a try.