I distinctly remember the day I heard the news that my nana was rushed to the hospital because she slipped on the kitchen floor while cooking.
I was at school and I couldn’t wait to leave class so I could rush to the hospital.
By the time I got there, everyone was already there - my parents, my sisters, my cousins. My nana had undergone a hip surgery because of the fall. She was 72 years old that time.
Since then, she had never been the same. The nana I used to know who would cook different scrumptious meals whenever we came to visit, couldn’t stand up without anyone assisting her.
We all tried our best to make things easier for her. From eating to bathing, we were always at arms ready to help her perform tasks.
At the same time, we made sure the house was safe so that it won’t ever happen again.
The first thing we did was to provide her with a wheelchair so she wouldn’t have the need to strain herself in trying to stand up all the time.
Second, we placed a lot of non-slip mats all over the house so that no one else could slip and fall - especially there were little kids who kept running all over the house.
Nana loved having his great grandkids around.
Third, we equipped nana’s bathroom with a shower stool that can easily swivel. My nana loved to twist around especially when the first drops of the icy cold water touches her skin.
We also put up grab rails near the door so she can hold onto something while she’s being dried off.
Last but not the least, we made sure that she always feels happy. Falls are not only physical, it can also be psychological. A happy mind is a strong mind that can withstand even the psychological barrier - fear.
My nana never fully recovered but she did get better. So you see, falls are preventable. I just wished I knew sooner so my nana never had to go through that pain. But, as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.