The bedroom is one of the most inhabited rooms in any home – and for many people, it’s their safe haven. Because you spend so much time in there, it is important that it’s made a safe and comfortable place, particularly when you have mobility issues.
If a bedroom isn’t set up properly to accommodate a person with mobility issues, it can truly be a dangerous place.
Considering seniors typically spend a lot of their time in their bedroom, it should be one of the first rooms that changes or safety updates are made to. Sometimes referred to as ‘ageing-in’, there are many changes you can apply to make everyday activities, and life in general, easier and safer.
Let There Be Light
By making sure the bedroom is brightly lit means that any obstacles can be easily seen and avoided. It also allows you to move about easier, because you can see around.
- Install lighting at your door and next to your bed. A light next to the door will help to prevent falls by ensuring you are not feeling around trying to find the light switch
Consider having a second light switch or lamp next to your bed, this way you don’t have to cross a dark room where tripping hazards might be present
- Try clapping lights. Alternatives to multiple light switches or lamps are clapping lights. An inexpensive and easy-to-use option, you will never need to find a light switch in the dark again!
- Have a nightlight or torch. A nightlight will help prevent falls from happening in the middle of the night if you need to get out of bed, and having a torch handy on your bedside table is also an economical but practical idea
Help Prevent Falls
The bedroom can be a minefield for trips, slips and falls and the most common reason for this is tripping hazards on the floor.
- Reduce clutter. Try to keep the floor of your bedroom clear and free of any unnecessary hazards like slippers, cords or clothing
- Make space near the bed for mobility aids. Make sure that you or a family member can easily approach the bed with plenty of space to get a mobility aid (such as a walker) to and from the bed and door
- Choose the right bed. The right bed can go a long way to making the bedroom safer. Electric beds can help prevent falls as they are adjustable and purpose built. You can view our range of electric beds for mobility here
- Keep a phone at your bedside. This will allow you, your carer or family to use in an emergency, day or night
You can read more about minimising falls in the bedroom in our handy blog, here.
Make Your Life Easier
We’re all about helping you become more independent. There are a number of things you can change in your bedroom to make life a little easier:
- Install support bars. Grip bars are perfect to have in certain areas of the house, and in particular, a bed stick in the bedroom. This can help you get in and out of bed much more easily.
- Adjust your bed height. Your bed should not be too high or too low. You should not have to climb to get into bed, nor should it be so low you fall into it while sitting down. Adjust it to a height where you can easily sit down and get up from the mattress
- Use the right mattress. A firm mattress will make getting out of bed easier and help support a neutral spine as you sleep. A firm mattress also insures your airways are not restricted which makes for easier breathing. A softer mattress with strengthened or reinforced sides to retain shape and structure can make climbing into or out of bed much easier and safer. If you’re not sure how to choose the best mattress, take a look at our guide here
At Life Mobility, we exist to make sure that people living with a disability are able to lead an independent lifestyle, free from safety hazards and optimised to suit your needs. You can view our extensive range of bedroom products, such as beds, mattresses, commodes and other handy accessories here.
We understand that each person’s needs are unique and therefore require a customised solution. You can view our full range online, visit our Bayswater or Mornington showrooms, or contact us today for more assistance.