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She sleeps on a heavy duty absorbency pad that I can pull (with her on it), but it is almost impossible, and I always hurt my back. The bed is about 24" high, so that she can touch the floor in and out. But I find myself constantly bending over to adjust everything for her, and it's taking its toll on my back.
I always put those traction socks on her, and she does make feeble attempts at bridge posing herself over, but it's hardly helpful. And let's face it, one day (could be any day) she won't be able to do even that much.


Bedtime has become an agitated and nasty episode every night, instead of the cool and peaceful experience you'd want to have before slumbering.

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Tiny dancer,
You mentioned "Tricare" insurance on your profile. That is only slightly indicative of military or military spouse. Could she qualify for "home aid and attendance benefits" through the V.A.?

That way, she would receive an income benefit to pay for in home care.
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Slide sheets are magic. You could pretty much get a grand piano into place on the bed with one of those.

If the hospital bed is prohibitive you can compromise by getting a reliable joiner to make sturdy "feet" for your mother's bed that would raise it; but only if she's not getting up, or attempting to get up, unaided.
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Thank you so much, CWillie. Good suggestions... YouTube is always where I look for how-to info, but I think I wasn't searching the correct description terms.
Regarding the hospital/adjustable bed, I have looked into it, but they are so expensive! Perhaps my mother is eligible for one through Medicare. I know nothing... I'll have to look into it. Thank you!
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First, go to youtube and look at videos on patient repositioning.
Second, get yourself some slide sheets, you can also see these on youtube and order from amazon.

Oh, and a hospital bed that is  height adjustable would be a good investment as well.
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