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Greetings, I am writing this out of desperation in all honestly, I'm hoping the good people of the internet will be able to come to my aide.
Two days before Christmas last year my 97yr old Grandfather suffered a heart attack. He was admitted to intensive care where he remained for several weeks, it was very touch and go and we were told to prepare for the worst. However, Three weeks after his admission, he was deemed fit for release. Things were different with him however. Although he survived the heart attack, my Grandfather now requires almost constant round-the-clock care. He can no longer dress himself, wash himself, feed himself, he is now fully incontinent, he can no longer manage stairs of any incline or number and he is almost entirely deaf. Needless to say he is miserable.
Upon his discharge we were handed lots of glossy brochures containing all the equipment we would need to care for him at home. So I handed in my notice at work and officially became his full time carer. One thing however was made abundantly clear on the first night back at home. His newly kitted out downstairs bedroom has everything someone might need - a TV, Radio, DVD player, many books and a nice view of the garden. With one small problem: His current bed was purchased in haste and is woefully inadequate for his needs. As it stands he cannot even sit up in bed to watch TV, reach for his panic button, grab a tissue, or even eat his food unless a mountain of pillows supports him on all sides. That one simple act of being able to sit up in bed is something we all take for granted and is something my Grandfather cannot currently do. A once proud man who fought in WW2 has been reduced to the level of helpless infant.
We desperately need a proper hospital-style bed for him to both sleep in and to relax on (for the days on which he has insufficient energy to even get out of bed), not to mention the need to restore a little bit of dignity. At present we have a metal frame bed with springs that have frankly seen better days. So we turned to the glossy brochures and quickly realised there was no way in hell we would be able to afford what he needs. We also made enquiries with the NHS, Homehelp and countless other mobility/community trust organisations, alas to no avail. Either the equipment on offer was unsuitable for his needs or the waiting list was simply too long to contemplate.
So I am turning to you, the good people of the internet. Please help me buy a comfortable, suitable, functioning, hospital-style bed that will allow my Grandfather to spend the rest of his days with his dignity intact and his sleep both undisturbed restful.
The picture below is exactly what we need. I shopped around and this one seems to have all the funcionality we need at a price that is not all that unreasonable.
Top of the range? No.
Mid-range with everything we need? Absolutely.
All donations are most welcome and gratefully received.
We did it!Update posted by R J W at 02:15 pm
We have decided to purchase a pneumatic pillow lift, priced at £600 (minus the VAT) and a relative has pledged to donate the shortfall. A full bed would have been our first choice but time is most definitely a factor - we need to sort this while we still have. . . . .
Thankyou everyoneUpdate posted by R J W at 10:24 pm
My deepest thanks to all who have donated so far. Faith in humanity well and truly restored. Also a big thankyou to Hayden and Graeme for the air time on TW.
Amazing!Update posted by R J W at 10:29 pm
I am truly humbled by the generosity shown here today. My eternal thanks to all who have supported the campaign thus far, thankyou everyone.
Thankyou!Update posted by R J W at 02:01 pm
Thankyou to all who have shared and donated so far! We're on our way! ♥