Hey thank you to everyone who replied to my thread about my dad not getting the feeding tube if/when it comes time. I enjoyed all replies VERY MUCH but if I tried to answer them, I'd be back down that road and for now, today, this moment, I'm happy to have my head in the sand for as long as possible. SO! Next inquiry- Daddy's body is getting stiffer. He hasn't been able to so much as stand for several months. He's bed-bound but with the help of a hammock looking lifting device (can't ever remember what it's called,) most days he spends a few hours in the family room in his lifting recliner. He has less ability on his left side to straighten his hands or legs and often can't straighten any of his limbs. He's getting frozen in the fetal position. My question is, I'm afraid I'll hurt him if I help him straighten, or break a bone. He seems fragile in this way to me but I'm not sure if it's only my imagination. Maybe it'd help him be a little more flexible if we, his carers, did slowly gently help him straighten? Darn doctors know nothing about psp so there's nobody to ask. I mean if psp is strictly the brain not communicating effectively to tell the body how to straighten, then it's not an issue with bones or muscles, right? So it seems like it'd be safe and maybe help to try to straighten him. Sometimes when we move him he'll say it hurts, even though we're always as gentle as possible. Thanks dear friends / warriors in this tragic battle against evil psp. P.S. It's called a Hoyer Lifting Device, I googled it.