My OH has SPMS. He has difficulty with walking and balance and has deteriorated quite rapidly over the last couple of years. He is a stubborn and determined man and there is no doubt that this has kept him upright and working for as long as it has. Life definitely has had to be adjusted to accommodate his needs and we have just moved into a bungalow last week.
Last night he fell again. His knees don’t bend so when he goes it’s like a tree falling. Having struggled to get himself up for a few minutes he called for help and my daughter and I ran to help him up. It was so stressful and difficult and he was so angry with himself and the situation, made worse by the fact that he needed the toilet and didn’t want to wet himself in front of our daughter. Eventually we got him up and out of the room but not to the toilet in time. It was all very upsetting.
I am only 5ft2. My OH is 6ft and 13 stone. I need to know how to help him up when he falls so that I both help him and protect myself from injury. Last night my wrists were throbbing where he had grabbed onto me so tightly. Does the MS Society offer workshops for carers maybe, should I speak with his nurse, or does anyone know of any other agencies/companies that offer something helpful. We’re in the London Borough of Bromley, OH is under Kings College.
Any advice would be very welcome.