Making adjustments as needed

For those who have dementia, they may have been unable to walk. That was my case; my mom stopped being mobile and ambulatory in early Oct., 2009. A wheelchair was required to take her out of the house. Doctor appointments, for example. Her house had two sets of stairs… 12 steps leading up to her bedroom and 2 more steps leading toward the lowest level of the house (the house has three levels).

A neighbor assisted me bring her down the long staircase. For the smaller staircase, I used a wheelchair and had a ramp built. This helped quite a bit. Just rolled the wheelchair down the ramp and into the garage which led outside. (There was a small ramp to enter the garage.) The photos show how the ramp was positioned… during and after installation.

Another handy item to have is a baby monitor. I used two; one upstairs and one downstairs. The image on the screen is nowhere near as clear as on a TV but it does serve the purpose. I could monitor/watch my mom while performing tasks such as preparing meals or washing dishes.

This photo shows the sensors I had in the bedroom. I had two monitors. One was in the kitchen and the other in the downstairs den.

And this shows the room as seen on the monitor (photo is the room from my camera, not from the monitor).

This is a close-up photo of the sensor. Very small so easy to move.

Next up is how to add a clean sheet without removing the patient from the bed.

This first photo shows the first step. Here is a blue sheet and a mattress pad on top of it.

Using myself to demonstrate, both the sheet and pad are pushed under me as far as possible. Note I am laying on my left side.

Then, the patient (in this case, myself) is turned to the right side…

Once the patient is on the opposite side, the sheet and pad can be pulled out from under the patient and now the bed has a fresh sheet and mattress pad..