"barn/horse safe" ideas for person post stroke and with other strength/balance issues
My mom is relatively young, just 61. She has a-fib and has been hospitalized for complications with CHF as a result this summer. She's also had several TIAs. The latest has left her with some weakness in one of her legs after very moderate exertion. She has difficulty picking up her toes/foot on that side.
She is going to have cardioversion done after the holidays so that should help with her stamina. But they really don't think that the stroke related weakness in her leg is going to improve. It's been 2 mos since the last stroke and there's been no change. I would call my mother's gait a "shuffle"--not as bad as a Parkinson's shuffle, but she definitely shuffles. She's also fairly heavy right now--though that is getting much better since the CHF symptoms have been better managed. (she lost 70 lbs of FLUID during her 5 day hospitalization. Can you imagine????)
Anyway....My mom has two horses. She is currently boarding them at a facility where her horses are in a paddock together. No other horses in with them. So she can fairly safely get in and mess around with them which is GREAT for her mental well being and for exercising a bit.
But I'm concerned about her leg issues when it comes to walking and riding. More specifically, being able to get on/off the horse and making the walk back from the paddock to her car if she's become tired. She still has challenges with her balance and with the combined leg weakness, I worry about her falling.
I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for tools like some kind of nifty cane that periscopes so she can carry it with her until she needs it, have it while riding. Or some kind of portable small chair so she can at least take a break if she needs to without having to sit on the ground.
Basically, ANY kind of tips or tricks would be much appreciated. She really wants to be out and about and independent but it makes her nervous to push very hard because she's afraid she'll get too weak or fall.