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Her home is so small though there's no way she can use it on her upstairs floor- where the only bathroom is- without some serious modifications (and we don't know how we could widen her bedroom door because it would affect the wall). For her bathroom, the solution would be to remove the wall in between her bed and bath as long as it isn't load-bearing. For her main floor, she has virtually no muscles left, so it was a bit hard for her to move herself in her chair across the carpet. She had just had that put in a few years ago and threw a fit when I suggested we should remove it and go with the hard wood underneath. :)
Fast forward a bit and she was in rehab shortly after we ordered the chair and then it was recommended she not be home alone. So, she's here with us now. We have a bathroom on our main floor that she can get in with her chair (but not able to close the door). We have hardwood on our main floor where she stays that she can easily manuever around and she can manage in the carpeted areas as well. She was trying to use her rollator but PT determined she was not able to get around all the time on that and was not going to improve beyond the wheelchair unless she gets knee replacements (her knee joints are very unstable, but she refuses surgery). So, the chair is where she'll stay. We are currently looking at moving and she will have her own area accomodated for her use.
On the other hand, you can have a wheelchair made. A friend of mine whose young adult son has Ewing's sarcoma had a wheelchair made just for him. She said it wasn't terribly expensive (I can't remember the cost, thinking around $700) and I think their insurance covered most of it. Fitting through doorways was one thing taken into consideration. Something else to check out.
Best wishes on the solution that works for your mom!
What is worse - being somewhat bedridden or trying to walk in a weakened state and breaking a hip? I say “somewhat” because she still exercises her arms and legs and did a month of PT in bed to keep her abdominal muscles strong enough to sit up a little when pillows or bed linens are being adjusted. She assists by rolling and grabbing the bed rails during changes. She sings songs in bed and makes her own choreography which I sometimes do with her. Most of all - she does NOT spend the whole day in bed. We get her up in a upholstered chair with armrests almost every day for a few hours. We use a Hoyer lift with a cloth sling. She was terrified of it at first but now looks forward to it. I sometimes use the Hoyer to place her in a full size wheelchair so we can go outside on nice days and walk up and down the driveway and front walk outside. We have a ramp to get her out of the house to the garage and out the garage door. A yoga teaching friend of mine works with her for free inside the house in the chair and in bed. She doesn’t do any “downward dogs” but she enjoys doing what she can. We pass a ball back and forth and do anything else we can think of to keep her moving. We will keep doing these things until she can’t or doesn’t want to. At that point she will truly be “bedridden” and probably not long for this world. I do have to do a lot of caretaking because she cannot get to the bathroom and has to be changed in bed. That is another subject, but even that can be made into a routine that gets easier once you find the things you need to make it so. I have help coming in during the week for a few hours every day. I take most weekends. No sisters - so it is me or a nursing home. Home care is our choice for now.
There is one mobility skill that my mother cannot do that is worth preserving if you can. That is the ability to stand and pivot to a wheelchair and chair. Even if she can’t walk, the ability to stand and pivot with assistance is valuable. However, it does present a transfer risk for falling if improperly done. Have a PT specialist train you both before doing. Best of luck.
Good advice, too, about not forcing more mobility than is safe for the person with weakness and instability. This should always be considered when choosing devices to assist mobility.
Keep her moving! Wheelchairs are horrible. They slide in them and lean.
My mother was in a wheelchair for several decades in our 1950's vintage house. Her chair fit through doors and hallways without any modification. She needed to be pushed over carpeted areas b/c she was not strong enough to move the chair over carpet by herself.
There are some combination wheelchair/transport chairs where the large wheels can be popped on and off as needed.
If your mother is not strong enough to move herself, would she be safe on a mobility scooter? Those are a lot more expensive than wheelchairs, but a possible option.
Just Google small wheelchairs and see what comes up.
If the wheelchair won't fit thru the bathroom door, you could have the door removed for easier access.
When someone is there, we push her. When she's alone, she uses her feet to scoot herself around quite effectively.
It’s small scale, comfortable, easy to push with shock absorbing wheels, folds up easily and fits into a car or taxi.
We have the ERGO-lite series.
Regular wheelchairs are 18in wide. Go to a Durable equipment store. They can help you pick the right one.
wishing you the best for one for your mom as well 💕
If your Mum is weak she may not have any strength to propel herself.
My brother is looking at getting Dad a Rollator, because of the seat. Dad is using a walker now, but his legs are very weak and he runs out of energy quickly a seat is needed.
I used a transport chair for my husband, before he became bedridden, when I would have to take him out and about. I had to do the pushing of him, and I have weak arms from different surgeries, so it was challenging at times.
If she needs a wheelchair have her doctor order one. The smaller transport chairs are easier to get around they are lighter to pick up as well. The question is though how weak is she getting will she be able to push herself in a wheelchair?