Dad Is Now Back Home
This did not post earlier (and I didn't save it either) so I'm having to start again. This isn't the first time I've had to do this (not with this article but with others in the past) and if it carries on, I'm off!
Anyway, at least Dad is settling down back at the house. Mum told me on the telephone earlier that he has his grumpy moments but - on the whole - he's been great. He loves his new bed in the front room but some adaptations work more than others. I will tell you more about these once they are sorted out by Occupational Therapy.
The best thing he's been given is a back rest so he can sit up in bed. With it being a normal, wooden framed bed, there is no adjustment on it like he had with the hospital bed, so this back rest helps him in sitting upright whenever he wants so he's not lying flat all the time. John actually bought himself two pillows like the Dorma ones Mum bought for Dad and they're brilliant. British made too which is always an added bonus.
I guess the main thing Dad has to get used to is space..or lack of it. The ARC was (obviously) geared up for wheelchair use with wide corridors and everything on the same level, plus the massive bathroom of course. Dad is a determined character as we all know and he's not easily beaten, so yes, it can be tight moving his wheelchair around at times but he makes the most of it and it's certainly not deterring him from trying. Once the weather improves (it has gone colder this week, unfortunately) Mum's determined to get him outside, even if it's a little trip down to the shops. They're all missing him down there!