I'm looking for advice as I think through possibly buying my mom an electric bed and/or electric recliner. I'm curious if anyone here has had any experience with either.
My mom is petite 4'11 and she has arthritis, incontinence, and moderate dementia.. She has trouble getting in an out of chairs because of the arthritis in her knees. I want to get her an electric recliner, but I worry about not being able to clean the urine out of a chair - she has near daily accidents. I'm curious if anyone here has figured out how to set up an electric recliner for accidents. I put down bed pads for her, but I'm afraid of her sliding out of the chair when the chair is moving to a standing position. Also, I am concerned that, as the dementia progresses, she might make errors in working the lift controls.
In addition, I'm considering buying an electric bed that raises and lowers (so I can figure out the ideal height for her for getting in and out of bed by herself). She needs a bedside bar to grab to help her get out of bed. I'm thinking the reclining feature would help her rest her back. She often sits on the side of her bed (her room is very small) to read and pray and sometimes her back hurts - there isnt any back support for her on the bed. We are going to try a stadium chair for her to sit on in the bed to see if that helps until I am able to figure out an electric bed.
I have tried so many different chairs for her, and none are at the perfect height with the perfect back support. Her legs dangle off the side of the chair and it digs into her thighs. I have found a nice queen anne chair with arms that help her to get in and out, but the height is still too tall. sigh.
Thanks in advance for any advice!