How to Boost Sleep Safety If Your Loved One's Mattress Is Too High

Has your loved one, like many older adults, been sleeping in the same bed for years? Unfortunately, a mattress that's too high off the ground poses a falling risk when severe-stage dementia interferes with mobility and increases disorientation.

You have several options to boost sleep safety:

1. First, consider a lower bed frame or an adjustable hospital bed. Medicare may cover a hospital bed.. Or choose a platform bed, which doesn't require box springs and therefore tends to be a bit lower.

2. Second, if falling has already become a problem, try placing a light futon mattress or yoga mat beside the bed at night to cushion tumbles. (Store it under the bed by day.)

3. A third option is for your loved one to sleep on a futon on the floor, if getting up and down is still manageable.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio