It’s only right that the elderly loved one in your home is given the peace and quiet he/she needs every night. As you are likely aware, falling and staying soundly asleep doesn’t come easy for seniors. In many cases, aches and pains are to blame for sleepless nights. In some other instances, mobility issues play a factor in not getting comfortable.
However, the mental and emotional well-being of seniors must also be taken into account. Perhaps, all your elderly loved one needs to have better sleeps each night is the knowledge that he/she is safe. What can you do to create a safe bedroom for your elderly loved one?
Make sure there is plenty of storage space.
Clutter. Get rid of it. There are few things more detrimental to the well-being of seniors than tripping hazards. Your elderly loved one’s bedroom must be a space void of anything on the floor that could cause him/her to trip and fall. Be sure to have ample closet space for clothes and other possessions. The neater and tidier a bedroom is kept, the safer it will be for the individual who inhabits it.
“Any objects that are left out loose on the floor can become a trip hazard. As well as making sure you have enough closet and drawer space, it’s important to use these storage solutions safely,” warns HomeBunch.com, “For example, try to avoid placing heavy objects or things you use regularly on higher shelves that may be hard to reach.”
Keep it quiet.
Sometimes, location is everything. Is your mom or dad’s bedroom located beside your teenager’s? You don’t want your parent being kept up at night because the music, TV or video game is too loud in the next room. On SFGATE.com, Gina Samarotto suggests installing additional insulation in the walls of the bedroom, ceiling and flooring.
This will “provide both a comfortable climate and noise buffering,” she writes, “Drop-ceiling panels in finishes such as embossed tin allow you to insulate and decorate at the same time. Hanging a quilt on the wall introduces vintage design into a space and helps keep outside noise to a minimum.”
Ensure there is a comfortable bed to sleep in.
It sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? But, it’s important to remember that not all beds are created equal. Remember that what may be comfortable for you may not be comfortable for your elderly loved one. “Soft” doesn’t necessarily mean “cozy”. It could actually mean a lack of support that promotes back pain. A firm mattress, however, can’t be so firm that it inhibits restfulness.
“If you struggle to get in and out of bed because of back problems, rheumatic pain, arthritis or another medical problem that restricts your movement, an adjustable orthopaedic bed could make a welcome addition to your room,” reports HomeBunch.com, “These high-tech furnishings help to take the hassle out of finding the perfect sleeping position and they can promote your independence.”
At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we proudly offer adjustable beds and hospital beds. Electric adjustable beds make eating, writing, reading and watching television more comfortable and can improve breathing, comfort and safety while sleeping. Home hospital beds provide the same health and convenience benefits as regular adjustable beds, but with the addition of bed height adjustability.
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