Just bought a ROHO bed cushion for hospital bed for mom. Do you still turn the patient every 2 hrs or can the patient sleep uninterrupted?


See a lot of likes? Mom is coming out of rehab next Thursday and I bought a ROHO softflex cushion as I have heard great reviews. Question is, do you still have to turn the patient every 2 hours or can the patient sleep uninterrupted for 4-5 hours? I have been told they can. They also get out of bed and sit in a chair and on the sofa during the day. Any additional feedback would be helpful.



It is important to be aware of what physicians are prescribing, but in a general statement on bedrest I would say it really doesn't matter what the person is laying upon the complications of bedrest will still exist. There are many issues that complicate life in bed. Moving as much as possible within the realm of designated treatment will reduce these complication.
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Reply to pearyb

Sorry I can't really help, I didn't even know ROHO made mattress pads. I know the company makes products with many different levels of protection so it's effectiveness is going to depend, the cushion I got for my mom's wheelchair was in the $650 (cdn) range and she hasn't had any problems with her coccyx since we got it.
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Reply to cwillie

I would talk to the nurses at her rehab and to her doctor about what would be best for your mom's condition and to ask them to specify what they think you should do and for how long. Does she have any pressure sore issues now? I would guess they would recommend turning every two hours if so, but definitely get some clear advice about how to proceed.

Your mom's situation may be totally different, but when my quadriplegic dad came home from spinal cord injury rehab, he was ordered an alternating pressure air mattress and a hospital bed and we were advised to turn him every two hours at night. A pressure sore issue soon surfaced anyway (apparently from his wheelchair cushion, which wasn't a Roho at that point) but as it healed we very gradually started to increase the time of turning dad and now we don't turn him at night at all. We advised his doctor of this and she advised us that while every 2 hours is the standard recommendation for paralyzed folks, she understood that families and patients don't want to be up all night if they don't have to be. My dad loves his unbroken sleep and my sister and I like ours as well! Of course we would start turning him again if any problems arose.

I should note we have home health nurses that check my dad's skin for issues every two weeks, so there is oversight there as well for the very important issue of skin integrity.

Anyway, that's what we're doing (or rather, not doing) for my dad's care and it is working for us at this time. Hopefully with medical guidance and supervision you can find a good solution as you care for your mom. Good luck!
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