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Osteoporosis

Help for Taking Care of Person with Low Bone Density and Dialysis

02/05/2007

Question:

My mother, 84 years old, has been treated for dialysis about three weeks ago. She is very weak and her back could not be straight since about two year ago because she lost a lot bone density because of poor kidney function starting about 15 or 20 years ago. Her one kidney was removed when she was 24 years old because of kidney stone. She has mental problem and refused to go to hospital for her kidney examination until we sent her for emergency for Dialysis three weeks ago.

How I could help her with daily activities, espcially many bathroom activities such as sitting and standing for the toilet, without break her wrist bone or any bone on her body?

Are there any medical centers that could offer me free training classes or advice on these in Sacramento, CA or Acadia, CA or nearby? If so, please offer me their telephone number.

A Dialysis center will offer me a free training class how to take care of Dialysis patient but not the class for helping patient who has a weak bone.

Answer:

This question has been forwarded by Kidney Diseases:

1)  A social service consult could be of help to you and your mother.

2)  Also, check with the office of your mother's primary doctor.

3)  A medical supply store might have a bedside commode or other equipment that could be helpful.

For more information:

Go to the Osteoporosis health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati