My 73 year old dad has just come home after a two week stay in hospital as he had aspirated on 550ml of pureed food. After having four different doctors come to the house (and being told he had a viral infection) over a four day period, dad was rushed into hospital. Prior to being admitted, dad's carers were moving him out of his bed into a reclining chair using a standing hoist. However, in hospital he was not moved out of his bed for two weeks. As he was nil by mouth for a few days and then nasally fed, he ended up losing nearly 21lbs and now home is regarded as being too weak to be moved out of bed. Dad's carers think that he can be moved once he regains some strength (thankfully he has found his appetite!) but the district nurse is proving hard to convince (she's only been involved with dad since he came out of hospital two weeks ago).
Our main concern is that the longer he stays in bed, the stiffer he'll become. Does anyone have any suggestions/tips to try to help him. He can lift himself partially up when he holds on to the side rails on his bed and he does have a lot of movement in his legs (in terms of kicking/fidgeting). We are worried that he will end up stiff and won't be able to sit in his wheelchair.