We just had a visit from a Occupational Therapist who painted a discouraging picture of what it was like to use a Hoyer lift to transfer a family member to the commode. However, she readily admitted to not being an expert with the Hoyer lifts, so I would like to hear from others about their experiences.
We plan to get a Hoyer lift soon, and I wonder if it is possible to successfully move an elderly, continent man to the commode and back to the bed using a commode sling. Do you have any recommendations on which sling? The OT was completely unhelpful with this. If we only get one sling through Medicare, I would think the full body one with commode opening is the best. My husband does not get out of bed often, so mostly it would be used for the commode once a day for BM and to move to the recliner. Can someone transfer and then sit fully dressed on the commode sling in a recliner for a few hours a day without getting a pressure ulcer?