Why don't you get one of those "old lady" carts! I bought one when I was in my 20's. It's the cart on wheels that you can put your groceries in and roll them in the house. Here are a couple of links to show you what I mean.
My husband made so much fun of me when I bought mine (at Sears). I used it to get all the beach stuff down to the beach with three small children. Well, I'm still using it! I haul garden statues into the garage with this and I haul plants out to the gardens, etc. You can find a million uses for it. It can even be used to pick things up in the house and wheel it down to the bedrooms. I LOVE mine and have used it for 40 years.
I hope your hubby's back is better. I suffered with a bad back until I learned how to get in and out of bed properly and in and out of a car properly. This is what I did. Maybe it will help your husband feel better.
First of all, I do not sleep flat on my back because it makes my back hurt more. I don't sleep on my stomach either. I sleep on my sides with a pillow wedged behind my back. This way, I can partially be on my back but have support. That helps me. I also get out of bed using a cane. I roll on my side, draw my legs up in a sitting position so the legs are actually hanging over the floor, and then I push off with the cane. Gravity will bring your legs down and you will be pulled to a sitting position without using your back muscles.
When getting in and out of a car, sit on the seat with your feet on the pavement. Then, either using the seat or the steering wheel, swivel your feet into the car while keeping your back straight. I buy cars with leather seats because they are slippery. But, when I rent a car and get cloth seats I had to come up with another idea...and I did! I get a garbage bag and a towel. I lay the garbage bag on the seat and the towel over it. Then I do the above. The garbage bag and towel let your rear end swivel like you were on a lazy susan! LOL Just reverse the above to get out of the car.
Don't use your back muscles when you are lifting things up. Use your legs instead. By doing the above things, my back rarely hurts me now. I hope these suggestions will help him!
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7