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    Recliner Chair

    Albert can no longer stand so does sideways shuffles using a banana board - that's ok from the bed as I can raise it to the required height so he shuffles on to his commode or wheelchair, he can shuffle off his wheelchair to the recliner but is having problems getting off the recliner.

    Pulling the banana board from underneath him is getting my back, neck and hands.

    He's a tall chap so we need something suitable, at the moment he has the "Grande" riser recliner so that's a big one and it does rise high but he needs something else now, I've been looking at some with drop sides/arms.

    Does anyone have any suggestions moving forward with a suitable chair? - He sits in this chair for at least 14 hours a day.

    Thanks

    Sue
    Husband Albert diagnosed PMA Feb 21

    #2
    Have you discussed with your OT

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      #3
      No Phil I/we have not, I don't find them very helpful to be honest, 3 weeks ago they came and quickly discussed hoisting..........but then left as fast as she came.........I thought he had been talked out of it to be honest, perhaps I'll give em a call when he's on the floor.
      Husband Albert diagnosed PMA Feb 21

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        #4
        What about the Neuro Rehab team?
        Doesn't seem fair to have to buy your own.
        Initial diagnosis 7-4-2021 'suspected MND' confirmed by 2nd opinion 4th June 2021 ALS. Began with R foot limp and lots of falls. Generally weak. Mostly terrified.​​​​​​

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          #5
          Hi Linda, Never heard of the Neuro Rehab team.........I don't mind buying it I just need to get the right one, I think his option at this point is to await his MDT appointment.............manana............and see what they can recommend,

          Sometimes I think they just don't get it

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          Husband Albert diagnosed PMA Feb 21

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            #6
            Suefromwakey I know we're all a bit hot & bothered atm Sue, but Albert's OT has a duty of care to him once they're made aware of his issues, which may mean you have to deal with that (seemingly incompetent) OT and get a sit-to-stand hoist (aka a standing hoist) to transfer Albert on and off his armchair - the days of you manhandling him are gone.

            You know me by now, you know I shoot from the hip, but one or both of you could end up injured and the sooner Albert is given a hoist, the better.

            Could his hospice help by ringing the OT for you, or maybe the MDT would? xx
            ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
            Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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              #7
              Hi Sue,

              So sorry youre having to argue for this but you can't wait for one or both of you to get injured. My OT was reluctant to get me a mobile hoist as I transfer sideways like Albert. I use a banana board for " uphill" transfer for example onto my powerchair. When I went to clinic they said i should have one in the home for if I was struggling or if Stuart had a bad back. They also said if I needed carers they would want a hoist because they wouldn't be allowed to do the lifting he does. The hoist has arrived and is resting in our spare bedroom whist we await training.

              My OT also got me a new riser recliner which rises horizontally to the same height as my powerchair and the arms go up ! Its not as comfortable as my squishy older one but thats probably me being very picky and I've not dare tell them.( I still have both !)

              Its a shame its such a battle to get things sorted because its not as if we want to need this equipment.
              Good Luck,
              Love Debbie x

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                #8
                Suefromwakey my bad....assuming every area has the same sorry Sue. Maybe where you are it's called something else - or it's the MDT that you mention?
                There must be a team that take responsibility for Albert's OT..Physio...needs.
                Does Albert have a social worker....helpful to have to chase up all other professionals. Takes the strain off you.
                Good luck & as others have said you shouldn't have to fight for necessary equipment.😏
                Initial diagnosis 7-4-2021 'suspected MND' confirmed by 2nd opinion 4th June 2021 ALS. Began with R foot limp and lots of falls. Generally weak. Mostly terrified.​​​​​​

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                  #9
                  Our OT provided us with a 'Careflex' high dependency chair. It was great for a period of time and they even managed to connect it up to the POSSUM environmental control system where he could recline and adjust settings by a soft touch button.

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                    #10
                    Tess thanks for the response re the chair - I have looked it up and it does indeed look like an option,

                    I thank you for your response as I note that your other post with the sad loss of your partner I thank you for thinking of us at this particularly lousy time for you, I send my best wishes to you,

                    Sue

                    Husband Albert diagnosed PMA Feb 21

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