My wife's head flops to the left when she's in a wheelchair and when she's in bed on a pillow, making it hard for her to eat in bed or sit straight in a wheelchair. I saw several neck pillows on Amazon, but have no idea which one is best. Does anyone have a recommendation after using a neck pillow? Thank you.
As others have suggested, consult with experts for long-term solutions, but in short term I highly recommend “Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow & Neck Pillow” (here is link to Amazon $29.95 — https://www.amazon.com/Travelrest-Ultimate-Travel-Pillow-Neck/dp/B002P8YW54?th=1 —I bought mine in my local ‘Bed, Bath & Beyond’ store for same price. The pillow inflates and deflates with just a few easy breaths, and slings over either side of body to stabilize head and neck, and can be attached by its back strap to a chair or wheelchair, or just looped behind one’s own back.
For years my job required me to fly economy class 6,000 miles each direction at least four times per month, and I tried innumerable travel pillows trying to find one to allow me to sleep sitting straight up without my head lolling to one side. This pillow proved itself best for me, and I genuinely believe it helped me keep my health with such grueling weekly travel.
This inflatable pillow is kind of like a bandolier, and my personal preference is to sleep while putting one or both hands and arms under the crosswise bandolier to almost “hug” myself cozily while sleeping on freezing international aircraft. I prefer the pillow underinflated, so if you and your wife try this pillow, please experiment until she finds the inflation level most comfortable to keep her head erect.
I will be saying a prayer that you and your wife find a good solution to her discomfort.
I also used in her bed and chair at rehab just a beaded airplane travel collar (the ones used to sleep on the airplane - I got it at like cvs.
I would also suggest getting a script from her dr for a custom wheelchair - my moms did have the head mobilizer (in the early days of her stroke) that helped a lot. Best wishes