Chances are we you started caring for your spouse, loved one or parent, you quickly realized a few things needed to be done around the house. You may have even decided to make a few changes and upgrades to ensure your loved one could remain in their home for as long as possible – as safely as possible.
Yet when most people look at making changes in the home to make things safer, they look towards the kitchen and bathroom first. After all, those are the rooms where the action occurs. And the rooms where a lot of accidents do occur.
If you fall into that category, you’re off to a great start. Now take another look at the rooms in their home and one of the least thought of rooms to upgrade and improve for safety will be the bedroom
The bedroom has always been a safe haven – one can sleep, relax and curl up with a good book after a long day. Yet in the life of an elderly person, that extends to also dealing with medical conditions, limited strength and balance. Which makes even the simplest of chores – getting out of bed – difficult.
What can you do to help?
Install safety rails onto the bed. By having safety rails attached to the bed, your loved one won’t fall out of bed accidentally, reducing the risk of injury from a fall. And it also provides a stable support system for lowering and rising, and for physically getting in and out of bed.
Ensure adequate lighting. As we age our vision begins to fail. And the more you can’t see, the greater your risk of it becoming a safety issue. Touch sensitive lamps near the bedside are perfect for your loved one as there are no buttons to click or knobs to twist. Also remember to install night lights in the bedroom, in closets and in the bathroom. It may be familiar territory, but simply forgetting a pair of shoes can be reason for falling.
Prevent bed sores. If your loved one is now spending more time in bed, they may be at greater risk for developing bed sores and bed ulcers. These medical conditions are more than an irritation – they can be deadly. Invest in a quality mattress, gel pad or sheepskin pad that helps redistribute pressure along the body.
Upgrade to a hospital bed. When a bed is no longer convenient or safe for your loved one, it may be time to invest in a hospital bed, especially if they are bedridden. With a hospital bed, you’ll have the greatest flexibility in movement to keep your loved one comfortable and for convenience in helping with every day issues, such as changing the sheets.