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Mayo Clinic

Caregivers Corner: Make sure to keep yourself safe while providing care for others

Dear Mary, My mother is 82 and is currently undergoing rehab for a recent fall. Although she is progressing well, she is still frail and will need some assistance from me when she is released from the nursing home. I had back surgery a few years ago and am nervous about hurting myself when helping her. What should I do? Dear Reader, Before your mother is released from the nursing home, speak with the physical and occupational therapists and ask them to teach you the proper techniques of assisting your mother so that both of you are safe. Also, ask if there is any equipment that your mother needs at home (walker, transfer bathtub/shower seat, raised toilet seat, etc.) and make sure that...