My Dad needs support to get out of bed. Is a bed assist, like a bed cane, enough?
My dad just had knee surgery and I feel the first thing he needs is a bed assist, like a bed cane. Will this bed cane help him? He’s 70 years old and lives alone; he really values his independency. However, the doctor has told me that I should get a few gadgets in order to adapt his home for his recovery. Not only will he have limited mobility and trouble getting up, he’ll also be taking strong medications for the pain that will most likely cause dizziness and make him feel weak. So, my first thought is he’ll probably need help getting in and out of bed.
A Bed Cane might not be enough, at least at the beginning. It’s hard to assess the situation from your description but it sounds like he might need Power Leg Lifters, which of course range from very sophisticated contraptions that cost as much as three thousand dollars to simpler versions.
From what you’re saying it sounds like your dad will need a few pieces of equipment to help him get around his house. Of course, getting in and out of bed is a top safety priority and a bed cane is great. Your dad will have something to grab on to when getting up as well as a firm support in case of dizziness.
On a different note, I’d like to add that the bathroom is a space where people want to install safety products for someone who, for whatever reason, is having trouble moving in general; lots of accidents take place in the shower/bath or getting in and out it. Also, he may need help standing up from the toilet. So, in all these cases, grab bars would be the most common and helpful.
Similar case. I had knee surgery and had the same problem getting up from bed, so I considered a bed cane. It turns out it was the best solution! It wasn’t too bulky, it was portable, easy to adjust and it gave me the support I needed without having to ask anyone for help. I’m sure your dad will feel the same, especially if he’s experiencing dizziness and lightheadedness. I live alone and don’t like to bother my family, so what I loved about the bed cane was that it allowed me to feel independent.