Ugg boots - soft boots made from sheep skin with the wool inside?
The trouble is, John's so tall, he just can't get comfortable in a chair. I'm waiting till after Christmas, then I'll talk to them about getting him a recliner. /QUOTE]
Hello Hazel, the height thing is an often over-looked factor. In my mum's home, the bed is barely long enough for her: the carers have to be sure she is well up at the top end of it when they put her to bed. She also had difficulties with the chairs in the home and would slip out of them or look incredibly uncomfortable. She has a tilt and /or reclining wheelchair which we bought specially for her and which is comfortable enough for her to doze off in for a short while, but we had to make sure that the size was right for her because she is so long in the leg. We got a local firm to bring display models to the home for her to try out. The other issue related to height was that the baths are not big enough for her except on the top floor of the home. And there is definitely one hoist which is better for her than another. Also, with a bigger wheelchair you have to be sure it will fit into lifts, and in my mum's case would not draw up close enough to equipment in the hospital when she attended an ophthalmic O/P appointment. You'd be thinking that my mother is some giantess from reading this but she is not really. Just taller than average. I can foresee the same issues possibly arising for John, who I recall from previous pictures is a proud height for a man.
Good luck, as ever, love Deborah
Dear Hazel-I'd imagine that the NH would have access to suppliers of this kind of thing and naturally would buy in enough to ensure a change or two when it was necessary. I'm back at work on Monday and will see if any of our medical supply catalogues have anything helpful-alternatively if I get time I'll google it!I'm also goimg to ask about a sheepskin mat under his feet in bed, but I'm not sure if that would be possible, they'd probably have to wash it every day.
No wonder you feel despondent. You are obviously getting advice re chairs and you are so right - you can only do your utmost to make John as comfortable as possible.even the 'essence of John' seems to have gone now