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6 Great Gifts for a Grandparent on Crutches

Posted by Brooke Williams

great gifts for the grand parent on crutchesIt’s strange! Your grandma is always the one making your cookies and your grandpa is the first one to tell the jokes and lend a hand, but now your grandparent is on crutches. You might feel a little helpless at first, but rest assured, there are plenty of things you can do for your grandparent on crutches. Here are just a few to consider.


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Topics: Retired & Active, Gifts

101 Things for Grandparents to do while on Crutches

Posted by Tom Schwab

1. Write down your memories from when you were a child to pass on to your grandkids.
2. Organize and label your photographs.
3. Plant a windowsill herb garden.
4. Ask for help without feeling guilty.
5. Request your favorite song on the radio.
6. Brush your pet.
7. Let your grandkids choose some decorations for your cast or crutches.
8. Go outside for some fresh air.
9. Watch the soaps you used to watch and see how much has changed…and what hasn’t.
10. Rent some movies you haven’t seen in ages.

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Topics: Tips, Retired & Active, Recovery

Navigating the Hills of New York on a Knee Walker

Posted by Tom Schwab

hills on a knee walker roll-a-boutWhen Jack P. of Brooklyn, New York broke his foot, he realized how hard crutches really were.  “Crutches are harder than I thought,” he stated, “going uphill is hard, but downhill is actually the more difficult direction.”  Because of where Jack lives, he quickly discovered that crutches were nearly impossible.  “I live in a hilly urban neighborhood,” he said, “and have developed a newfound interest in pavement consistency.”

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Topics: Customer Stories, Retired & Active, Dad recovering, Foot / Bunion, Knee Walker

Adults prefer Safe Mobility old fashion crutches can't provide

Posted by Tom Schwab

Seniors on crutches want safety and alternativesWhen people my age begin the day, it’s often started with the notion and reminder to stay alert and pay attention to surroundings. To be more specific, people over the age of 55, our eyes are glued to the path in front of us and our brain closely monitors the pace we keep. Why? Because our bodies are not as flexible as they used to be. We really have to be aware and pay close attention to what’s in front of us most of the time. I think some of the cautious paranoia comes from information and warnings we read online and in newspapers about “seniors” losing muscle, bone density, fat and changes in vision, hearing, reflexes, coordination and strength. It’s annoying when the little voice in my head turns up the volume to remind me, “Be safe and be careful.”  Annoying, yes, but I am grateful for the cues. It’s kept me free of injury - until this past Sunday; that’s when my little voice failed. Or maybe I failed to be alert.

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Topics: Guest Post, Tips, Retired & Active

How to Create a Perfect Thanksgiving Meal on Crutches

Posted by Tom Schwab

Cooking a thanksgving feast while on crutches after foot surgeryWhen you are on crutches, you likely want to spend most of your time sitting on the couch with your injured foot in the air.  However, with Thanksgiving approaching, you have a huge meal looming before you.  How are you going to handle creating that masterpiece while you have crutches hindering your every move?  Here are a few tips to help you create that delicious meal with as little trouble as possible.  No matter what, remember that this will undoubtedly be the BEST Thanksgiving Dinner you've ever made on crutches....and hopefully the only one.

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Topics: Retired & Active, Helping someone on crutches, Holidays, Motivated Mom

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