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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
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    Quote 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! :- >

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    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.
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    Quote 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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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?
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