As usual, the hospital screwed up on my elderly uncle's release and sent him home without proper information about transfers. My uncle broke his foot/ankle/leg and isn't supposed to put any weight on it. The physical therapist was supposed to come talk to my cousin and I before my uncle was released, but they didn't. Everything was messed up because my cousin wasn't sure he wanted to take his father home or if he wanted to send him to rehab. He needed info from the therapist first.
When the nurse transferred him from the hospital bed to the transport chair, she picked him up, but had weight on his foot. When the transport people put him in the car, they had him with full weight on his leg.
We can do (but haven't tried) transfers to/from the chair and bed with a board, but that doesn't work for using the toilet. His adult diaper pullups need to be pulled down/up. Even if we use a traditional tabbed diaper, it wouldn't be much better. We thought about having him go without a diaper and just loading up the chair with pee pads, but then were worried he'd make a mess with bowel movements.
Even if home care sent someone out, they would have the same problem. Anyone would, I would think.
So how do you lift a patient who is not supposed to put weight on their leg? The doctor said he shouldn't be in the bed all the time.
We don't know how much longer we can do this. We didn't want to send him to rehab and the doctor doesn't think it's a good idea either. He has Alzheimer's and the doctor thinks it would be better for his mental health if he stayed at home. I know how those places are, especially considering how bad the hospital was.