The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #143863   Message #3334807
Posted By: ChanteyLass
06-Apr-12 - 11:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
I remember when I would take my uncle out of the nursing home to go to a restaurant. Each time he tried to get into the car I had to remind him how to do it. He wanted to put one foot in first as he had always done. I had to tell him to get in like a woman in a tight skirt, but he would have been insulted if I'd said that. I would remind him to stand sideways and lower his seat in to the car seat and then turn to bring his legs in. When I explained that, he could do it. What was harder for him was getting out because he had to have enough arm strength to pull himself up and out. The arm strength was also difficult for me when I got out of rehab.

This is something the therapists should teach him. My therapists worked with me on the arm strength and standing up. Then for a few days they took me out to practice on a real car.