- Oct 28, 2008
- Loved one DX
Hello. I am new to these boards and this is my first post. My mother has suffered from progressively worsening loss of muscle control in her limbs for about two years, but was just diagnosed with ALS in the last 6 months. She lives at home, but has lost use of her legs and is now bedridden. Until last week she could scoot herself to the edge of her bed, place her feet on the floor and stand just enough to get into her scooter and go to/from the bathroom. But last Friday she had a fall and sprained both ankles. Now she is 100% immobile. My 65 year old father and I are simply not strong enough to lift her into her scooter, so we have been trying bed pans and Depends when she needs to use the bathroom. However, this has been messy and very stressful for my mother. We've heard about equipment that may be availble that can hoist her from bed to scooter so she can move to the bathroom. Has anyone used these before? I'd appreciate any info you can give. We are also considering a hospital bed for her room. Has anyone had a positive (or negative) experience with them? Thanks!