Good Evening Peter,
My mother is 79 years old and is in the early stages of developing full-blown Parkinson’s. Currently, she has tremors in her hands only. However, she also is not very physically fit.
I received an emergency phone call from my sister-in-law, who is the live-in caregiver for both of my parents. Last night, my mother fell while trying to climb back into her bed. We need some assistance!
The bed she sleeps in is an absolutely gorgeous antique canopy bed, probably 150 years old. It is lovely to look at, but dangerous for a senior as you need to climb up a set of little steps.
Mom slipped on the step and crashed to the ground. Again, we are fortunate that my sister-in-law was asleep in the adjoining room.
I’ve been researching furnishing needs for senior living and we will replace the bed ASAP with a simple platform bed. I’ve read that it should ideally enable my mother to sit with her feet on the floor.
We should also get a new, firm mattress. I understand that memory foam is especially deleterious for someone with Parkinson’s. We are also thinking it would be useful to have elevation at the head and feet.
Please provide me with any suggestions that you think would be useful. Also, my mother has Crohn’s disease and sometimes has difficulty making it to the bathroom in time.
I know we would obviously have a heavy-duty mattress protector but I thought her Crohn’s condition might be useful information for you.
With kindest regards, Mary
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