Custom furnishings and home items for people that can't bend over.
My mother has recently developed a kidney issue which causes a severe level of pain whenever she tries to bend over. We basically need some ideas on re-outfitting the house with better possibilities so she can easily get to her household items without too much discomfort. She is a stubborn one, and we will catch her writhing in pain before she asks anyone for help. Because she will try to do these things anyway, we would like to make it alot less painful for her. It is hard for her to get things out of her bottom cupboards. I've been envisioning a pull-out platform with a round hole for her cane where she can insert her cane and pull the platform out and grab what she needs, but it would be even better if somehow this stuff could actually come up to her at a standing level. My mind doesn't quite wrap around it. I've seen an instructable for her to get things down from the top cupboards and I'm considering trying these out. We also need a way for her to feed her pets, to set the dogfood bowls down onto the ground and retrieve them without pain. I was picturing sort of a dolly-looking thing with a crank so she can forklift things up and down to herself. I can see some of what we need in my head but I don't have the mechanical skills to put these things together. I'd appreciate seeing some instructables of this nature or geared toward solving these types of problems.
Thanks! If you see anything that may be use for me, please post a link and I will also share my findings.