You might recall that a few weeks ago I was asking (on Ryan’s Wish List) for wheel casters for use on Ryan’s equipment and furniture. The idea was to not only make this stuff easy to move about throughout the day, but also to allow easy cleaning underneath. This has been working wonderfully!
There was a third reason I wanted these casters. It was to allow enough height underneath several items to allow the hoyer lift base (legs) to slide underneath. This would make it possible to get Ryan onto the couch or a recliner so that he could doesn’t need to spend as much of the day seated in his wheelchair.
Last night was the first time I put it to use for that purpose. It was Superbowl Sunday, so I modified his daily routine to free-up as much time as I could for Ryan to just relax while we had the game on. It meant getting up earlier than usual to make this happen, but I’m happy I did! At exactly 6:30pm — game time — Ryan finished his HBOT treatment.
We lifted him out of the chamber and wheeled him directly over to the sofa. I crossed my fingers that everything would work. Turns out, it worked perfectly! The hoyer legs went underneath with room to spare and we lowered Ryan into the overstuffed cushions. I positioned the ottoman under his legs. We placed a neck pillow and a bed pillow behind his head and he was golden.
I should tell you, I did make one mistake. It was the location on the sofa where I placed Ryan. I thought having him near the armrest was the smart move since it would support him on one side. Turns out, he didn’t need it. Not with Sue there. …and the dogs!
They moved right in. That meant I was delegated to only being content to watch the cuddling. Sure, Sue offered to let me sit next to him… but how could I? She was in her glory and there was no way I was going to take this away from her.
Now, I did learn one thing though. The next time I get Ryan on the couch I’ll place him in the center. This way I’ll be able to get right next to him too.