Sunday, March 03, 2013
I am so frustrated with this lift problem! It brings me to tears. Everyone says I should not be transferring him without a lift. For the past month or more I have done my best to use the lift we have. I don't try alone--always when an aide is here. I hired an aide for Sat. evening and demanded she use the lift. It was a disaster 3 Sat. nights in a row, After it was obvious we where getting no where and getting physically and mentally exhausted (both of us), I just transferred him myself with no lift. Yesterday (Sat.) in the morning, John again refused the sling on his wheelchair. He came out without it. I told the aide we had to put him back in bed and get the sling on the wheelchair first. She was really mad at me. I did most of the work. Sat. evening the other aide would be arriving and she'd need the sling on the wheelchair. Alas! Even when the sling was on the chair, when she arrived we again tried to use the lift. It was impossible! The sling under John was not positioned right and it was unsafe. We tugged and did everything possible (with him yelling) but we could not get it hooked up correctly. The top of the lift almost scrapped his head and I tried to raise it and the whole thing tipped from the floor! He was seated firmly so he was fine.
The aide in the morning(Sat.) almost walked out, saying she never would have accepted this Hoyer lift and the sling with it! I said Medicare paid and they won't just buy a different lift!
It has been at least 3 years on and off of my struggling to have a lift for him. A team is now working on it! I hope the result is better . What a long haul. Medicare does not take the caregiver into consideration only the patient. They say that very clearly!