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Finding Ways To Make Bedrooms Safer For Seniors

There’s no place like home. Home is where the heart is. Home sweet home.

We’re all aware of the many idioms that highlight the fact that one’s home is supposed to represent the most comfortable place that person can be. However, for individuals with mobility issues, navigating around the home can be pretty difficult. That includes the most comfortable room in the home – the bedroom.

While numerous daily activities often take place in bedrooms, they are designed for having a good night’s sleep. However, many elderly individuals find that bedrooms can be a bit dangerous. Between the furniture, clothes and other possessions that may often find themselves on the floor, the bedroom often presents a number of tripping hazards. Naturally, it’s important to find ways to make bedrooms safer for seniors.

Keep a bedside lamp well within reach.

It’s important to keep the bedroom well lit. But it’s equally important to have a lamp within reach of the bed so that your elderly loved one can easily reach it. Of course, this will be most important in the middle of the night – a time when a bathroom visit is often necessary for seniors. The last thing you want is for there to be any risk of bumping into something in the dark or tripping over an unseen item on the floor.

“A bedside lamp that can be reached from the bed is always a good idea, as your relative may need to get up during the night to use the bathroom,” reiterates the U.K.-based Elderly Care website, “A touch-sensitive bedside lamp is easier to turn on in the middle of the night than a lamp with a standard switch.”

Add a phone to the bedside table while you’re at it.

It’s wise to offer your elderly loved one an option for calling for help. Especially in the event that your older relative may be alone in the home, a bedroom phone will provide a quick and easy way to get in contact with someone who can assist with any potential problems. Just as a bedside lamp should be in reach, so should a phone – whether it’s connected to a landline or is of the cellular variety.

“An important addition to your elderly loved one’s bedroom is an easy-to-reach phone,” insists SmartCellUSA.com, “Experts recommend locating the phone close to the bed and using a corded phone set up. It is also in good practice to have a spare phone battery close to the bed, in case the power goes out.”

Invest in a home hospital bed.

While allowing for a well-lit room and providing access to assistance are both great ideas, the quality of the bed that your elderly loved one sleeps in should be considered a top priority. Home hospital beds significantly increase the safety factor of a senior’s bedroom. The beds allow their users to adjust positioning with proper therapeutic mattress surfaces. They are perfect for individuals who have trouble getting in and out of bed, have sleeping issues or insomnia or are bedridden.

If you have any questions about the home hospital beds offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 647-350-4488 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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