Preparing the Bedroom for Someone With Chronic Lung Disease
Ideally, the bedroom is free of dust, mold from moisture coming from an adjoining bathroom, and with room for the oxygen tank.
- Make the bedroom bright and cheerful.
- Make sure room temperature is comfortable and there is adequate airflow.
- Provide a firm mattress.
- Provide TV and radio.
- Install blinds or shades that darken the room.
- Place closet rods 48. from the floor.
- Provide a chair for dressing.
- Keep a flashlight at the bedside table.
- Hang a bulletin board with pictures of family and friends where it can be easily seen.
- Provide a sturdy chair or table next to the bed for help getting in and out of bed.
- Provide a bedside telephone.
- Make the bed 22" high and place it securely against a wall. Or use lockable wheels. This will allow the person to get up and down safely.
- Use blocks to raise a bed's height, but be sure to make them steady so they don't move.