Inventing for mother, a necessity

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  1. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

    Nov 25, 2005
    Huntsville AL
    2017 Prius Prime
    Prime Plus
    Taking care of my home-bound wife often presents challenges. So yesterday the challenge was how to get her off the floor where she was sitting without putting unnecessary stress and strain on her frame. This is a real challenge as some of my wife's maladies include arthritis. You can't just wrap your arms around her shoulders and lift her up . . . way too painful.

    After making sure she had blankets and pillows, I ran down to the 24-hour WalMart and bought four, 'ratcheting straps', and the largest, padded toilet seat:
    Back home, I secured the 'hook end' of the four straps around the seat, closed the lid, and laid the four straps outward. I had my wife scootch over the seat and then put her walker around her. So she was sitting on the toilet seat lid with with her legs out the open end of the walker.

    I hooked the four rachet latches around the top; threaded the four straps, and; started ratcheting up the seat with my wife off the floor. Once it was high enough, she could hold me and the walker and stand up. Not a perfect solution, it is 'good enough' to solve the problem.

    I had also bought a rug to fabricate a thinner, mat-seat to lift her if the toilet seat did not work. I may still go that way if we need to do something like this again in the future. But the problem is a flexible seat would 'compress her legs' and make transition to standing out of the sling more difficult. Then I noticed these fishing boat, plastic, seats . . . hummm.

    We typically have a choose between: GOOD; FAST, and; CHEAP. I am finding many medical devices are available on the eBay 'gray market' at prices strangely equal to the 'deductable' portion of prescribed, medical devices. Often these eBay devices have better characteristics than what is available in the local, medical supply stores where one might take a prescription . . . for example, her walker.
    The key technical specifications:
    • automatic braking action of rear legs - put weight on and the spring-loaded sliders let the high-friction legs 'brake' to hold the walker in place.
    • the seat folds up but can be lowered so the user can turn around, sit, and take rest.
    • an optional clear plastic tray (not shown) that fits on the seat so it can function as a "TV tray".
    • an optional, wire 'purse' basket (not shown) that fits below the seat to carry loose items.
    The local medical equipment markup means they pocket the insurance payment for medical for a less capable walker. But the buyer pays the deductible for what is often a technically, inferior unit. The folks at the therapy center called this one 'the Cadillac' of walkers.

    Bob Wilson
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  2. hkmb

    hkmb Active Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Other Non-Hybrid
    That sounds like some excellent inventing. Well done.

    But I can see your broader problem.

    There used to be a TV programme here called The New Inventors, where people would show off things they'd invented. It was often a way for them to attract investment and stuff.

    Anyway, I read your post, and I remembered an episode from years ago.

    Here's a link to part of it.

    New Inventors: M.U.M.A.

    And here's a link to the manufacturer.

    MUMA Multi Use Mobility Aid

    It's a multi-use device that can help patients lift themselves or help carers lift patients. It's more useful for beds than the floor, and it doesn't solve the specific problem you had today. But I thought it might be useful for your wife when she wants to get herself out of bed, or when you have to get her out of bed.

    I never thought I'd be discussing with a man a strategy to get a woman out of bed. I always thought that was the easy bit.