OT: Your Opinion On Anti-Fatigue Mat

I'm looking to buy this for my Mother who has two artificial hips. It would go in front of the sink in the kitchen to hopefully make standing easier.
It's the only one I can find that doesn't look super-industrial, like with yellow and black stripes, and is the size I need. The soft mats that are made for consumer level sales are too small and expensive.
http://www.theonlinecatalog.com/castersofoklahoma/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID 15&DEPARTMENT_ID5
Here's another pic:
http://www.bigdogwarehouse.com/catalog/images/apache/armorstep1.jpg
Do you think this would still make the kitchen look like a warehouse?
Thanks for any advice.
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Who cares what if looks like if it helps mom's hips. What you show is similar to what I have in my workshop. There are better, thicker, more expensive ones, but this will help quite a bit.
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Victor U. wrote:

http://www.theonlinecatalog.com/castersofoklahoma/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID 15&DEPARTMENT_ID5
change to the weight that might stress them. Throw rugs and other uneven surfaces are notorious hazards for falls in the elderly. If she is uncomfortable using the kitchen sink, she may just be standing too long at a time. Weight, exercise and safety are primary issues..make sure there are no obstacles, good lighting with night lights, no slippery floors, etc. Mebbe a gift certificate for comfortable shoes would be a better idea.
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check with her surgeon for recomendations.
my brother had back surgery, and eing a machinist is on his feet all day.
so he got a new pair of 300 buck workboots with special insoles.
they promptly made his back worse and he is out of work again. his surgeon said the plush insloles caused the problem.
call her surgeon and consider the mats edge may be a trip hazard:(
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On Wed, 04 Jul 2007 12:23:08 -0000, " snipped-for-privacy@aol.com"

Absolutely. They deal with this all the time.

I have a carpet runner that I put in front of my workbench. It's synthetic so it doesn't get harmed when it gets when. It's heavy enough and long enough that it never pops up. I didn't get it for comfort. I came across it and tried to find a place to use it. I'm not at this work bench long enough to get tired, but if I were, I would get a stool to sit on.
The carpet isn't there to take the weight off one's legs or hips. It's there to be like a padded dashboard, that slows you down gradually, so there is no great impact when one steps. But why would the sink be more important than anywhere else she walks.
Certainly if one has a job in a warehouse with a cement floor, that can be very tiring and lots of extra impact too. For that matter, why do people jog on paved sidewalks when it's better for low impact to jog on dirt or cinders, or even I think asphalt rather than cement.
All said, Hallerb is right, Ask the surgeon. It's included in the original price, and this is his specialty, not ours.

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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Feet can cause back pain, but not generally from standing. Standing for long periods without moving about can make a good back hurt......being overweight, out of shape has more to do with back pain. I spent a few years as an occupational health nurse, so I'm familiar with lots of back issues and workstation issues.
No back surgeon is going to readily admit that his surgery didn't help a bit, which is often the case (more often than not). If shoes make his back worse, perhaps he should see a good podiatrist. If his shoes wear out quickly, that could also cause problems.....kind of like driving around with tires too soft.
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wrote:

Whether true or not, she didn't have back surgery. She had artificial hips put in.

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my point was its best to ask the surgeon, who is experienced in what helps and doesnt,
my brother in cushioned shoes got much worse in a single day
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On Thu, 05 Jul 2007 22:47:18 -0000, " snipped-for-privacy@aol.com"

I said the same thing. It's funny though that Norminn brought up back surgery out of nowhere.

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I will pass this along, THANKS.
The surgeon told him BEFORE surgery that only a percentage are helped,,,, today if surgeons arent open about results they get sued:(
In my brothers case he was rear ended years ago, and has had troubles off and on for years. then he had a long period of doing well till hurting himself at work.
his discs ruptured, they did a partial spinal fusion.
his surgeon told him to find a new job, trouble is he has a learning disability with reading that will make it hard to replace his current income.no impossible to replace his current income......
basically he is screwed, and recently divorced too.......
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might be better to carpet the kitchen till she is feeling better.
she probably doesnt want carpet but saying till your better may make it more acceptable.........
even though for practical reasons she may never get really better............
i have cared for too many elderly family members............
you try to makew them feel better about themselves while accomodating their troubles as much as possible
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Ok thanks for all replies.
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Victor U. wrote:

That's a good point as is particularly the one about a potential trip hazard (I'd _REALLY_ worry about that one though I didn't look at the picture -- the LAST thing you need is a fractured pelvis or breaking one of the replacements).
Are these relatively new so she's still recovering or is this probably as good as it's gonna' get? Reason for the question (and no answer is necessary, it's rhetorical in a sense for context) is if this is probably longterm, you may want to consider modifying the sink instead to allow her to sit rather than stand, even if it is a high step-stool sort of thing. Again, of course, you want something that isn't a fall hazard.
Also like haller, "bt,dt, got the t-shirt". :(
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I have had my hip replaced twice. Cushioned floors are not high on my list of favorites; a total lack of tripping hazard is.
Any irregularity which could cause her to trip or even catch her foot as she steps over it could cause severe pain. You don't have to fall or do any damage to the hip, just give it a sudden stress.
You may go to all that trouble to install the best cushioning available only to have her ask you to remove it after the first time she trips or catches her foot.
-Jason
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