My Mom broke her hip about a year ago and it seems she is uncomfortable when sitting. Can anyone recommend a cushion to help? - AgingCare.com

My Mom broke her hip about a year ago and it seems she is uncomfortable when sitting. Can anyone recommend a cushion to help?

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Maggie's post reminded me that we looked at foam at Jo-ann's Fabric when we were planning on wrapping Dad's walker in foam to protect him if he fell.

Jo-ann's has soft cushions used for pillows but also has more sturdy foam that can be purchased at size or in larger sizes, cut, and doubled to make extra sturdy cushions.

You don't even need to sew it together; put plush fabric over it to help keep Mom's tushy warm. Subsitute for lighter weight fabric if it becomes too warm.
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Don't ignore her discomfort. Have the doctor or visiting nurse carefully examine her butt for the beginnings of a skin ulcer. Believe me!!! You don't want her to get those. Lordy. Don't skimp on a cushion. You can buy them for $30 or so -- but they're less than worthless. Buy a high-end cushion. If skin ulcers are the problem, you need to act quickly.

If the problem sitting is from bone pain or joint discomfort, then make an appointment with the surgeon. She may need more physical therapy. Very important.
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I assume she had PT and follow-up x-rays by the doctor who performed surgery? If neither, she should get an x-ray pretty soon to ensure that the surgery resulted in proper healing.

Is she uncomfortable when sitting on padded seats or just thinner seats?

As Pam points out, the area in which she experiences discomfort is important as well, especially to determine if there's residual pain from the fracture or some other issue totally unrelated to the surgery.

Does she exericse, even a little? Get up, move about, go out for walks? Sometimes stiffness from inactivity can cause discomfort to the point that it's painful.

Does her diet include anti-inflammatory foods, such as the red and blue fruits and veggies? Grapes are in season now; they've helped me a lot.
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Check for bedsores or bruising. Find out the area of pain, is it tailbone, lower back or in the hip joint? I think you might want some input from the MD who repaired the hip. He can write an Rx for the appropriate style of cushion.
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