Getting to the toilet
Question: My husband had a stroke and can't use his left arm or leg. He also had a colectomy and has numerous loose stools. He wants to use the toilet, but can not yet safely do so. Diapers are difficult because he needs to not be siting directly on his bum The pressure does not allow for elimination. He's a big guy.
There must be some type of assistive device for someone in this position. Please help. His quality of life would improve drastically if we could figure this out. We can't be the only ones facing this dilemma. Answer
: There are many devices out there to help with transfers and/or toileting. In order to know which one would work for your husband, you need to have a home visit done by an occupational therapist to evaluate his need. Let them know the specific goal of being able to allow your husband to do a toilet transfer or find a way to toilet easily. Not all therapists are aware of the different devices out there, so the therapist may need to do a little research to find the right device for your husband. Many lifts are expensive, so you would have to see if anything would be covered by insurance or not. Many stroke patients (even when large) can learn to transfer to the toilet even with paralysis of one side, so the therapist may just need to work on transfer techniques with you. They even have transfer boards that have holes in them to go over the toilet. Also, there are adaptive clothes that are more easily removed, so that may be something he needs as well.
Here is a link with info on adaptive clothing: www.buckandbuck.com
Here are some Google images of various toilet transfer assistive devices (make sure to scroll down as the top ones are mostly ads and not as relevant to your situation): toilet transfer assistive aides