Mrs Jones has had a cerebral vascular accident, so her left leg is increasedin tone, very stiff and difficult to position comfortably when she is in bed. What would you do?

  • Give Mrs Jones analgesia and suggest she sleeps in the chair.

  • Try to diminish increased tone by avoiding extra stimulation by ensuring herfoot doesn’t come into contact with the end of the bed; supporting, with a pillow, her left leg in side lying and keeping the knee flexed.

  • Give Mrs Jones diazepam and tilt the bed.

  • Suggest a warm bath before she lies on the bed. Then use pillows to support the stiff limb.