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    Help with turning in sleep

    Hi

    Apologies if this is a repeat question but I couldn't find an answer going through previous posts

    My Dad Is unable to turn in his sleep so sleeps on one side which has now given him pain on one side and I am worried about pressure sores although I have ordered a special sheet which is meant to prevent them

    Does anyone have anything to help them turn or if not how do you cope with sleeping as we do not have night carers and my Dad isnt keen on having any

    He also cannot get a good sleep laying flat on his back

    Appreciate any tips

    Thanks

    #2
    Aadam I'm not aware of a sheet that prevents pressure sores?

    Has your dad been assessed by an occupational therapist or nurse for a pressure relieving mattress?

    I have difficulty turning over in bed, I have a bed lever on both sides of my bed which I can pull on to assist in turning and a Wendylett base sheet, which is a silky material sheet that reduces friction & makes it easier to turn. All supplied by my occupational therapist.
    Started limping 2017, diagnosed August 2021. Wheelchair user and reduced shoulder and hand function. Trying to be positive 😺.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Aadam View Post
      I have ordered a special sheet which is meant to prevent them
      What have you ordered?

      I cannot move in bed but sleep comfortably all night on an alternating air mattress.

      Your dad's nurse or OT can assess your dad's risk of developing pressure areas and supply a suitable mattress and profile bed, if necessary. xx
      ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
      Significant bulbar impairment - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV - Eye gaze user
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        #4
        Hi

        Thanks everyone

        I ordered this overlay : https://danmedicasouth.co.uk/product...B#&gid=1&pid=1

        Not sure how much it will help but the OT takes very long to come and do an assessment and each time we need something I have to do a new referral from the GP which just isnt quick enough

        Tabbycat could you please provide the link or make of the bed lever ?

        Thanks ​​​​​​​

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          #5
          Mitcheak Because your dad is in the same position all night and doesn't move, he does need something which actively removes pressure off his joints and skin, so hound his Community Nurse/OT for an alternating air mattress xx
          ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
          Significant bulbar impairment - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV - Eye gaze user
          .

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            #6
            Ellie Thanks I will try

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              #7
              Aadam there are lots of different designs of bed lever. Not all fit on every bed.
              I have this one, as I have a profiling bed. Screenshot_20221027-110236.png
              Started limping 2017, diagnosed August 2021. Wheelchair user and reduced shoulder and hand function. Trying to be positive 😺.

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                #8
                Tabbycat Thank you - we have one of these but unfortunately he cannot actually move his arms far enough to grab it anymore

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Aadam View Post
                  Tabbycat Thank you - we have one of these but unfortunately he cannot actually move his arms far enough to grab it anymore
                  In that case I second Ellie's advice, without delay.
                  Started limping 2017, diagnosed August 2021. Wheelchair user and reduced shoulder and hand function. Trying to be positive 😺.

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