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My grandmother just got out of the hospital for minor Congestive Heart Failure. The doctor told us that we needed to weight her every morning to monitor the fluid retention since she is unable to communicate when she is feeling symptoms. We will not stand on a scale, I have looked into chairs with scales on them and they cost any where from $600-$1200, anyone have any tricks or cheaper alternatives. I did look on Craig's list for a possible used one but no luck, are there second hand medical equipment out there?

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I put the scale for my mom in front of her bathroom vanity. She can hold on there and feels secure to stand and I can see what her weight is. You might try that. Or you could do it at a kitchen counter, but the bathroom may be closer to where she is.
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Call her doctor and ask what he suggests. What it suggests to me is that she needs a higher level of care.
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We try to stand her up in the morning (before I leave for work) and she will not stand up straight or on her own for that matter so we get a EEE on the scale. I don't think its an 1" but it's not as big as the doctors in the office. I was hoping to find some kind of mat that she might be able to just walk over, we also need something that will turn on and stay on so if it takes us a little time to get her to stand on her own it wont turn off.

She has a prescription for as needed. The retention she gets is more in her abdomen, I measure too since we can't get her weight.
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Will she step on a scale if it is low to the floor with a walker around it to support her if she feels wobbly? There are scales that are only about 1" tall, so easy to step on to.

Does your grandmother take Lasix every day or just as needed for water retention? My mother takes it as needed. I can tell by looking at her ankles when she needs to take it. My mother doesn't have CHF, just hypertension and the swelling that comes with the condition, the medicines, and diabetes.
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