I asked for time to get the room ready for mum but even I underestimated what was involved. It has been a real panic trying to getting new non-slip flooring measured, ordered and laid in just one week (my carpet was moth ridden I am ashamed to say), furniture delivered and all the supplies ordered. But the room is I hope more or less ready.
The hospital agreed to provide mum with an adjustable hospital bed. I couldn’t believe it – this would be such a great help. Strangely she was not entitled to one before, despite the fact that she was not able to turn over in bed or sit up. I had tried a grab bar but it made no difference. Clearly having a stroke ticks the right boxes. They even offered to provide a small over the bed table and a pressure cushion for the chair. The only problem was they needed to deliver straight away. I did manage to delay it but only until the day after I returned home from visiting my brother, so the flooring now became critical and the thoughts I had of redecorating had to go out of the window. Probably just as well as it was a bit ambitious.
I had to buy an arm chair which had to be a certain height and obviously need to get that in before mum came or she would have nothing to sit in, so that took lots of research and phone calls to get it delivered in time and also new single bedding and a baby monitor for the nights. I acquired my son’s bathroom stand (from uni) for her pads and toiletries and splashed out on a video doorbell so she didn’t become anxious if anyone knocked as I could answer remotely.
I was unable to get a wardrobe and chest of drawers in time, so she still had to live out of a suitcase for a few days but now they are here but there is still nowhere to put everything!
I can’t believe she needs so much stuff and we haven’t even brought her personal things from home yet! She needs towels, flannels, soap free toiletries, a bowl, telephone, waste bin, commode, frame, footstool, doorstop, extra bedding, waterproof things plus old towels, tissues, incontinence pads and sheets, toilet rolls, wipes, medication, pill cutter, creams. disinfectant, air freshener, television, non slip bed socks plus somewhere for visitors to sit. The room is fairly big but I really need to be better organised as everything is all over the place!