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Improving Bedroom Safety For Your Senior Loved Ones

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As our senior loved ones get older, they can become more prone to accidents and illnesses, which is why we must do everything in our power to protect them.

Be they in their own homes or taking up residence in our own, we can support them via a few modifications or upgrades. This applies in all rooms of the rooms of the house, and even on the stairs, as your loved ones may need a stairlift if their legs are weak or tired. 

Where the bedroom is concerned, you might consider the following safety tips. 

#1: Implement mobility aids

Getting in and out of bed can be a problem for some seniors, so they may need bed assists, transfer aids, bed rails, and other types of product that can make life easier for them. Check out these bedroom aids for some very good examples. Of course, practice makes perfect, so you may need to help your senior get used to their mobility aids before they manage them alone. 

#2: Carpet the bedroom

Smooth floors can be slippy so if this applies to your senior loved one’s bedroom, it may be advisable to lay a carpet down. Rugs are an alternative but as these can be a trip hazard, you might think it wise to forego this option. 

#3: Research sleeping products

We can all suffer from sleep problems, includng insomnia and sleep apnea, but they are particularly common in people over the age of 65. it is possible to manage sleep disorders with breathing devices and other medical aids but before you buy for your senior, you need to make sure the device is fit for purpose. There have been instances of defective medical devices and some have had to be recalled for health and safety reasons. Legal action has also taken place, such as that detailed by medical device attorney, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Check reviews and media reports before buying. 

#4: Reduce the number of tasks your senior has to do

If your senior loved one has serious mobility issues, the less they have to do in the bedroom, the better. If you can put a table by their bed, with everything they might possibly need in the room, there will be less need for them to move to and fro. It’s also a good idea to purchase an overbed table, as this can be used for dining or for using a laptop or tablet device. Of course, exercise is still key for your senior, so if they do need to stay in bed for a long period of time, you could encourage these easy exercises for the benefit of their wellbeing. 

#5: Remove tripping hazards

We have already mentioned how a rug could be dangerous but there could be other tripping hazards too. Loose blankets, cables and cords, decorative pillows, and any other items that could be on the floor, should also be considered. Placing fall mats around the bed is one thing you can do, but the best way to avoid a fall is to remove anything that could cause one. 

These are just a few of the ways to improve bedroom safety for your senior loved one. There is always more you can do, of course, such as adding motion controlled lighting and providing easy access to a phone in case an accident does take place, so continue your research online for more ideas. 

 

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