Mom's ALF installed a great new device for her. It means that she can be more independent and I have something to tease her about. They put in a "pole" next to her chair. The center of it has a rubberized "sleeve" that gives her something to grip as she rises from her chair. She still has good arm strength so can pull herself up to her feet, then she takes a small step or two and, still hanging on, pivots into her wheelchair. It means she's able to get herself into and out of her wheel chair without help. She feels better since she doesn't have to call for help as often and I worry less about her falling.
The pole itself works like a giant tension rod between the floor and ceiling. There is a flared sort of stand on the floor and a larger piece at the top where the pole meets the ceiling.
Here's a photo of the "stand" where the pole meets the floor. It's relatively flat and not wide so Mom won't trip over it: (The news paper looks pretty messy but it's mom's favorite past time )
Here's the top of the pole, where it meets the ceiling: