A friend who works with the elderly who live at home told me many of the falls she see happen when elderly people go to the bathroom at night. To keep me safe my OT suggested that I use a bedside commode at night. Since I live alone I think it would be dangerous for me to drag the bucket to the toilet to empty it in the morning. My fall in the bathroom happened a few days after I got home from rehab. The big toe on my hemiplegic foot is now crooked because I tore ligaments.
Bottom Line: I keep every walking aid I buy so I can use the more conservative device at night.
I do not want to have an injury that would put me in a wheelchair. Pushing a wheelchair with one arm and one leg on linoleum in wide halls in the hospital is hard. I do not want to find out how hard it is to push a wheelchair on carpeting in my home. I also do not want to end up in a long-term care facility because a fall does something much worse than break a big toe.