Mom is 94 with dementia has had same caregiver for almost 2 years 24/7. The woman is absolutely wonderful. A few months ago mom attempted to get out of bed on her own and the caregiver just couldn't get to her fast enough and mom fractured her wrist. Mom refuses to have a hospital bed and when she did she managed to work her way around the rails. Now, the caregiver pushes a love seat up against the bed and that works for the most part.
This past week, the caregiver set mom up with her breakfast (she sits on the sofa or a wing chair in the living room with a tray table) which prior to this occurrence always has kept mom occupied while eating which is when the caregiver takes a few minutes to go to the bathroom and clean herself up. Mom attempted to get up and fell and fractured her shoulder. Caregiver felt awful but there's no way anyone can be with anyone 24 hours a day without moving. This brings me to my question. Are there any comfortable type restraints that can keep mom safe while she's sitting in her chair or on her sofa that will free up her caregiver to take 5 minutes to take a shower or prepare something in the kitchen? Neither she nor I want to keep mom restrained but for those 5 or 10 minutes when she can't be sitting next to mom watching her, a product that can do this would be helpful. Thanks.