Transferring a disabled spouse and problems getting the proper equipment
Saturday, March 02, 2013
I had a tiff with a health aide this morning. I have wanted to use the Hoyer lift that we own. She has never wanted to use it. I hired someone from a different agency to come once a week in the evenings. (Very long story.) I required her to use the lift and she in fact is unwilling to transfer him without the lift.
The morning aide admitted that she needs a lift because DH is heavier and does not stand as well as before. She hates the lift we have. I tried to help her use it. We ended up in a mess. DH was safe but he got in the act and made things even worse.
the new evening aide has been here twice. The first night, I transferred him myself. Oh--the lift sling pad from the lift was not under hubby so the lift could not be used. The second time she came, I had demanded the morning aide put the sling pad on his wheelchair no matter what hubby said. He has been refusing that! Great--more frustration for me. OK so the second Sat. night the new aide used the lift and did a terrible job! She should have gotten the motorized wheelchair out of the way. I talked to her after she got all done. I will assist her tonight. I sure hope it goes better!
In 2 weeks we have a meeting about the lift. The OT,PT, doctor, and a salesman and me and DH will make a plan and from that Medicare will be asked for better equipment. I sure hope that results in something usable!
That office has been the best help we have gotten. The OT and PT have researched lifts and even bathroom equipment for us. They ordered a new wheelchair--twice!-- and have been ironing out problems there. DH had the stroke 7 years ago! I am really sick of spending most of my time dealing with all this.
The doctor has to start the process of getting things like this from Medicare. BUT.... doctors don't even know what to ask for! That is how we got the first unusable Hoyer lift. I was the one who asked the doctor and he signed the paper. But I had no idea what I was asking for. We ended up with the cheapest sling available and a very manual type lift. It is not adequate at all.
What is the simplest way to get the proper equipment from Medicare? I have not found the way!