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.