Brief Medical History Overview
CVA stroke patient: getting out of bed
My father suffered a stroke 5 yrs ago which affected his left side. He can speak but doesn't have good control of neither his left leg nor his left arm. He took intensive physiotherapy for most of the 5yrs since his CVA with limited success.
Our main problem now is that he cannot get out of bed by himself. Someone has to pull him up from the lying down position to the sitting down position. He is overweight and his stomach muscles are weak because of the lack of exercise. He sleeps on his back all night but occationally turns onto his left side (albeit with assistance). He sleeps in a king sized bed with his right side on the edge of the bed (ie his left side is on the wide side so that he doesn't fall out).
Can anyone PLEASE provide us with information about the correct technique for how he can get up from the bed by himself? what kind of exercises can we help him do to strengthen his upper torso to enable him to get up, etc.
We have asked the physiotherapists that he has had over the years but none of them have been able to get him to get up by himself.