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    bar to help turn in bed

    Just wondering if any of you use a bar to help turn in bed ? My son's mattress overlay makes it difficult for him to turn independently (C 6/7 incomplete).

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    Side rails can be used for turning at this level, if he can hook his arm over them. Avoid trapezes. They are really hard on the shoulders over the long term.

    (KLD)

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    I have a bar on the side of my bed that helps a little. It is shaped like a elongated 'M' shape, but with rounded corners. I don't remember who made it, but the top is covered in a black foam rubber which is not slippery, the rest of the bar is white. It has two arms on the bottom that slides in between the mattress and box spring and has straps that can be fastened around the box spring to make it virtually impossible for it to accidentally move. To be honest, I never have had the straps fastened because my weight lying on top of the mattress seems to anchor the thing just fine.

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    Eileen-
    That's the kind of was thinking of. He has full function of both hands so grabbing a bar isn't an issue.

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    Hi Gary's mom,
    I found a link for you for the bedrail that I use. I like it because it doesn't take up too much room on the side of the bed, can be placed wherever it is most convienent, and doesn't get in the way of transfers. Here's the link:

    http://www.allegromedical.com/daily-...l-p197982.html

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    i have a bed ladder which is a canvas strap with loops sewn in it tied to the frame of my bed. Thats what I use to turn.
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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    Emi2-
    I have never heard of a bed ladder. Is this something homemade? If you have a picture that would be great.
    I like your bar Eileen- wondering if I might find one that collapses during the day. My son is sooo self consious about anything adaptive ( He's 23 and well ......
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary's Mom
    Emi2-
    I have never heard of a bed ladder. Is this something homemade? If you have a picture that would be great.
    I like your bar Eileen- wondering if I might find one that collapses during the day. My son is sooo self consious about anything adaptive ( He's 23 and well ......
    Thanks
    Its like http://www.pelicanmanufacturing.com....Ladder%20Strap this one - but tied to the side not bottom.
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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    Bed ladders can easily be removed or tucked under the mattress when not in use. Here is another type (you can hook an arm through these without needing to grip, as you can with Emi's):

    http://www.senioremporium.com/index....ROD&ProdID=442

    http://www.freedomlivingdevices.com/...ellaneous.html

    http://www.medical-supplies-equipmen..._prod_full.asp

    (KLD)

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