A friend who works with the elderly living at home told me about the falls that happen when her clients go to the bathroom at night. Before I left the rehab center my OT suggested I use a bedside commode at night to be safe. 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.
A 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. Thank goodness I learned how to go to the bathroom safely at night when I am not wearing my brace. After my 2nd stroke I went home with a walker. I progressed to walking with a quad cane that has 4 feet during the day, but I still used the walker in the bathroom at night. I did not mind that the walker slowed me down because
I was half awake when I got up at night anyway. I progressed to a single point cane during the day, but now I use the quad cane at night to get to the bathroom.
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 the ligaments in my big toe.