The right bedroom accessories and bedding products can make getting a good night's sleep a safer and more restful experience.
Ease Getting In And Out Of Bed
Medical conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis can make this everyday activity very difficult. Transfer handles, grips and bedside assistants offer grab bar-like support to make it easier. Consider multi-function designs that include organizer pockets for glasses and other items that need to be handy. Travel models allow users to take this aid with them when visiting relatives—some even fit in a suitcase.
If your parent needs both support and protection from falls, opt for a more traditional bed rail, maybe in a style that lets you adjust the length, which can vary from quarter-length to full-length as needed.
Bed rail pads are protective covers that increase the safety of the rails, cushioning against bumps and eliminating the chance of hands or feet getting caught between the rails.
Before buying any rail, check the thickness of the mattress it will be used with to be sure it will work correctly. Always review any weight limitations to be sure you're getting the needed construction for full support, not just aid in getting on and off the bed.
Reinforce the level of protection by placing a cushioning fall pad on the floor; many can double as a surface for doing stretches or other gentle exercises.
Make The Bed With Protective Padding
Bedding selections can be tailored to the specific medical needs of the user. When using a hospital bed at home, it's economical and handy to have your own sheet sets, either traditional cotton and poly or a softer jersey knit. Some choices are available in the familiar bed-in-a-bag bundle that includes a blanket.
If incontinence is the concern, outfit the bed with layers of protection, starting with a protective and/or waterproof mattress cover and a waterproof mattress pad or sheeting. Depending on personal preference, choose a reusable or disposable bed pad that goes on top of the sheet. A bed alarm that senses moisture lets the caregiver know right away when assistance is needed.
If your parent is bed-ridden or has an illness that keeps blood from flowing normally, like diabetes or a vascular condition, protecting against bed sores and ulcers is a priority. These can develop from staying in one position too long, even for the few days' duration of a short illness. Different types of padding provide the cushioning needed and disperse pressure. Materials to choose from include natural sheepskin, thick foam, egg-crate shaped foam and vinyl pads with air bubbles that inflate.
A therapeutic pressure relief system, used over the existing mattress or instead of it, is suggested for preventing as well as treating bed ulcers in people who might be bed-ridden for prolonged periods.
Extend the comfort factor with these bedroom accessories:
- Bed board to add firmness
- Overbed table with tilt top and/or auto lift feature to provide an adjustable surface for reading and writing, for either a regular or hospital bed
- Foam bed wedge to allow greater comfort when sitting up in bed
- Blanket support device to lift the blanket off sensitive parts of the body
- In-bed bathing or shampoo system -- inflatable tub or basin to allow for easy bathing or shampooing right in the bed.