As a caregiver you try to do what’s best, but sometimes your good intentions are declined – or blatantly rejected. This happened to me recently when my mother’s doctor ordered hip protectors for her – understandable because my mother has broken her hip twice in the last six months.
My mother was not on board with the plan. She not only refused to wear the hip protectors, which cost close to $200 for the two pairs, but she wouldn’t allow them in her room. They now sit, carefully folded, clean and unused on the top shelf of her storage closet – outside of her room.
While this may put her at risk for yet another broken hip, she has made her decision. When you think about it, we all take risks in our lives – dashing across a busy street, walking on slippery ice, climbing on a wobbly stool. I’ve had to accept that my mother has the right to refuse those hip protectors.
“What is already known on this topic
Hip protectors have been advocated to prevent hip fractures in elderly people
What this study adds
Early randomised trials on elderly institutionalised people suggested that hip fracture incidence was reduced in those using hip protectors
Subsequent randomised studies found hip protectors to be ineffective for those living at home and questioned their effectiveness in institutionalised people
Compliance with wearing hip protectors is poor”