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Mr. Peters and His Walker

Mr. Peters is an elderly resident of an assisted living center. He was quite healthy and had good mobility until he became dizzy and fell down recently. He has to use a walker now because he can bear his weight but needs support on both sides. Mr. Peters is stubborn and doesn’t like to use his walker yet even though he values his independence.

Today his CNA Tina says, “Mr. Peters, why don’t we go down to the TV room? I think it’s almost time for your favorite local news show.” Mr. Peters continues to read and says he’s not feeling well. Tina knows that she must encourage Mr. Peters to use his walker as his physical therapist suggested. Mr. Peters loves to watch TV with other residents, so she decides to use that information to help persuade him to use his walker. Smiling warmly, she says, “I think you’d really like spending some time watching TV with your friends, Mr. Peters.”

Mr. Peters sets his book on his nightstand. “Oh, all right. Just to see how my friends are doing.” He attempts to get up from his chair but is too unstable to stand. Tina reaches for his walker, but Mr. Peters shakes his head and angrily waves his hand at it.

Wheeling the walker directly in front of him, Tina says, “Remember, your physical therapist said that the walker will help you keep your balance and independence.” Mr. Peters tries to stand again and relies on Tina to steady him. He grasps his hands onto the walker in front of him, and Tina watches to make sure he uses it correctly as he puts it down about six inches in front of him and steps into it.

Tina says, “The walker is here to help you with your mobility. Now, let’s go find your friends.” She leads him slowly down the hallway, closely watching in case he requires assistance. Mr. Peters walks safely to the TV room.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners