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    Does anyone out there live by themselves?

    Are you able to turn on you're own to avoid pressure wounds?

    What are you're techniques?

    I am asking because I am thinking about returning to independent living. I will have a caregiver but she won't be there for me 24/7.

    Michael
    Last edited by michael5462; 10 Apr 2011, 12:37 PM.

    #2
    Originally posted by michael5462 View Post
    Are you able to turn on you're own to avoid pressure wounds?

    What are you're techniques?

    I am asking because I am thinking about returning to independent living. I will have a caregiver but she won't be there for me 24/7.

    Talk to me or you are going to be in Big, Big, Trouble! :- >

    Michael
    yep, c7 since 1978, always lived aby myself, once you get out there, you'll love it
    We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
    Ronald Reagan

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      #3
      You don't have to turn in the night if you have a pressure relief mattress. I haven't turned in bed for many years. I have a tempuric one only, it is at least a lot cheaper than the electric ones.
      TH 12, 43 years post

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        #4
        Originally posted by woman from Europe View Post
        You don't have to turn in the night if you have a pressure relief mattress. I haven't turned in bed for many years. I have a tempuric one only, it is at least a lot cheaper than the electric ones.

        i just have regular cheap mattresses, after the first six months or so of checking, and sleeping a little longer, etc you build up to where you don't need to flip. or thats me, but i'm not boney either
        We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
        Ronald Reagan

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          #5
          I have a pressure relief mattress and a bed with bars at the side which I use to hook my wrists under and turn myself when I want to.

          It's nice to give your ass a breather even if you don't struggle with skin issues.

          I'M C5/6.
          C5/6 incomplete

          "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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            #6
            What is your level of injury? It would be helpful to add this to your profile.

            Turning is still recommended (although many get away without doing this for a few years) both for your skin and your lungs. If you are able to turn, it is highly recommended. There are also turning mattress/beds but getting funded for these can be difficult.

            Where are you living now? With whom? How much attendant care do you have? Have you considered a roommate situation, perhaps with caregiving being partially reimbursed by room and board?

            I am moving this to the Caregiving forum.

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              I'm wondering the same thing. I live w/ my parents now, Parents are moving to another country, and I don't want to. I'm C5-C6 Complete. I wouldn't have any problems in paying rent. Right now I dont have a caregiver or P.A because I still have a 1 bdroom condo that has been vacant for almost 2 years since my accident... I haven't made any payments on it either, but the government wont give me a caregiver because they see the condo as an asset. So I decided to file for bankruptcy on the condo as well as the medical bills.
              C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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                #8
                Michael, my son is 27 and 7 yrs. post. A c6/7. He moved out almost 2 yrs ago. He has a caregiver for 2 hours every morning and that's all. He takes care of himself the rest of the day and nite. Right now he has one roommate, but will be alone in a few weeks which is fine. He has no problem being by himself at nite. The standing frame is a huge help in keeping his skin in good shape (circulation). He doesn't really turn himself at nite, but has a memory foam mattress topper on his bed which, we believe, is a big help and also provides lots of comfort. Being out on his own again has made a huge difference in his life - he's much happier! Good luck!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Mac85 View Post
                  I'm wondering the same thing. I live w/ my parents now, Parents are moving to another country, and I don't want to. I'm C5-C6 Complete. I wouldn't have any problems in paying rent. Right now I dont have a caregiver or P.A because I still have a 1 bdroom condo that has been vacant for almost 2 years since my accident... I haven't made any payments on it either, but the government wont give me a caregiver because they see the condo as an asset. So I decided to file for bankruptcy on the condo as well as the medical bills.
                  I'm a C-6 and have lived alone for a long time. I do have sensation still though and when my butt gets to sore, it usually makes me wake up. Then i just flip myself over by using my arms and shoulders mainly. It also helps by having the gloves i wear which prevents the palms of my hands from slipping on the sheets as i role over.


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                    #10
                    Originally posted by woman from Europe View Post
                    You don't have to turn in the night if you have a pressure relief mattress. I haven't turned in bed for many years. I have a tempuric one only, it is at least a lot cheaper than the electric ones.
                    Thanks W-f-E, this info helps - will begin my search for an affordable pressure relief/tempurpedic. Do you know if a mattress topper or eggshell (could be called egg-crate) mattress (a topper of sorts I think) will reliably do the same as the tempurpedic you have?
                    Do not confuse silence with consent or fatigue for indifference.

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                      #11
                      21 years on my own, i cross my feet and just twist, roll right over.......i use a waterbed and never had a red spot......

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                        #12
                        Hi invacare has decent gell cell pressure relief matress toppers that I like and use .
                        good luck
                        Sincerely ; GL

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Jonna View Post
                          Thanks W-f-E, this info helps - will begin my search for an affordable pressure relief/tempurpedic. Do you know if a mattress topper or eggshell (could be called egg-crate) mattress (a topper of sorts I think) will reliably do the same as the tempurpedic you have?
                          No, it wouldn't. I have tried the eggshell overlay and it didn't work the same way. But you can get a good memory foam mattress that are cheaper than the tempuric and works the same. The reason I don't turn is because I don't turn in my sleep and I never wake up in the night because I take all my medication at night time. It is heavy to turn on a tempuric, I have a low complete injury, I can do it, but very seldom do. I lay on the side and sometimes I am turning over to the back in my sleep. My tempuric is a mattress topper, I have a cheap foam mattress under. I think IKEA has a cheap memory foam mattress or mattress topper, I have the pillow from there and it work fine. I don't have an idea about the prizes in other countries. We don't buy a lot of the equipment, we get it for free.
                          Last edited by woman from Europe; 23 Apr 2011, 4:12 AM.
                          TH 12, 43 years post

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                            #14
                            I live alone for the most part. I have a caregiver come in the morning who helps get me fed, give me out of bed and run whatever errands I have to run inside of 3 1/2 hours, then later in the night I have someone else come in around 8 PM to get me in bed, give me fed and get a shower a few days a week. As far as turning, I do what I can to would around on my mattress and keep my head as low as possible and sleep on a low air loss mattress. During the day, if I'm up in my chair, I have someone set a half a sandwich on the door in the refrigerator before they leave, but I always eat lunch before someone goes. I keep one of those life alert necklaces on me which is really saved me a couple of times when I lost my balance and fallen over to the side or fallen straightforward. It's just a matter of getting set up for the day and night and keeping what you might need around you.
                            C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                            Scottsdale, AZ

                            Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Jonna View Post
                              Thanks W-f-E, this info helps - will begin my search for an affordable pressure relief/tempurpedic. Do you know if a mattress topper or eggshell (could be called egg-crate) mattress (a topper of sorts I think) will reliably do the same as the tempurpedic you have?
                              Everyone is different, but i've used an egg crate foam pad over my mattress for 15 plus years now and never get any pressure sores.

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