- Dec 27, 2013
My husband wears satin underwear because it makes it easier for me to slide him into his power chair from his bed by way of a transfer board. The problem begins when I transfer him from the power chair to the toilet seat and I have to lower his underwear. He use to be able to use the palms of his hands on the handles of the toilet seat riser, lock his elbows and use his upper arms to push up on about an inch and I could slide his underwear off and on easily. He is now losing arm strength and can't push up so I am having a hard time with his underwear! He cannot push himself with his feet anymore either. Going to the bathroom now has become a very exhausting experience for him and takes him awhile to recover from this common natural situation. He has a hoyer lift that I'll probably have to use very soon but the slings also get in the way of removing and pull up underwear. I've looked on the internet and have called several companies for a vest type harness (with no crotch straps) and shoulder loops that could attach to the lift and lift him about an inch and I could lower and pull-up his underwear but have not found anything. My husband can control his bowels so it is important to him not have to start wearing adult diapers. What can I do right now and what can I do after he needs to use the hoyer lift? Does anyone have a solution this underwear problem? Does any know of a vest-type shoulder harness without crotch straps that could lift him about an inch for future use?