My husband’s AD is definitely progressing but we are dealing with most of the changes quite well . He loves his recliner and has learned, with prompting, to push himself up from it with his hands to his walker . He does this from other chairs as well . We got a hospital bed as his Dr and PT feel he should not sleep in a recliner at night as a small pressure sore , which thank God with much work and attention is healing between his buttocks. (never thought at this stage in life I’d become so much more intimate with my husband’s behind )
The problem is that no matter how often he is shown how to get up from the bed he can not do it . They prefer him to sleep on one side then switch to another to get even distribution and not favor one area . He suffers from knee pain , back pain and neck pain and even though he can get off the bed when the PT is here during the day, at night , trying to coach him just as she does , he just cannot comprehend what I am telling him and it’s a nightmare for both of us . My heart breaks for him as he is doing his best and trying , as I am. When I finally get him up, after going to the bathroom we head back to the recliner where he gets a good nights sleep. We have purchased a roho cushion which he sits on and also place a pillow under one buttock then switch to another so pressure is not in any one area which has really worked quite well . I get him up and moving every hour or so during the day as instructed and that too has helped.
I admit to being horrified when I saw the mild pressure sore as I was convinced, until being reassured by home healthcare, that somehow I really messed up but now I’m wondering what I’m doing wrong that I just can’t get him to push up from the bed late at night. Was the hospital bed a mistake? I remember my mother as she aged couldn’t sleep in a bed at all and slept in a chair which I never thought twice about. As you can tell from my rambling I’m quite frustrated as all I want is his comfort and well being . Has anyone else had this problem. Any (kind) advice would be appreciated.