Whether they’re living with you or staying in their own home, as you have loved ones that start progressing in age, it’s wise to take a more active role in their care and comfort to ensure that they’re getting the things that they need.
One area that you might consider checking out for your aging loved one is their bedroom. Depending on their living situation, like if they’re in an assisted living facility, they might be spending quite a bit of time in their bedroom. If this is the case, you’ll want to help them make their space as safe and welcoming as possible. To help you in doing this, here are three tips for setting up a bedroom for your elderly loved one.
Make It Easy To Get In And Out Of Bed
For many older adults, it becomes increasingly necessary to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Knowing this, you should try to do everything in your power to make it easy for them to get in and out of bed on their own.
To do this, AgingCare.com recommends installing bed rails on each side of the bed so that your loved one can get some leverage when trying to get out of bed. Additionally, bed rails can make it easier to steady themselves as they get back into bed as well.
Get The Right Lighting Options
As people age, their eyes need more and more light in order to adequately read and see their surroundings. As a result, the lighting needs of your loved one might be different than what you need for yourself or what’s typically included in a bedroom.
According to Lucy of ResidenceStyle.com, it’s a good idea to install motion activated lights in bedrooms of elderly people. Then, if they enter the room in the dark or need to get up from bed at night, the lights will automatically come on for them. You may also want to put overhead lights on a dimmer so they can choose the exact brightness they need at any given time as well as adding a lamp near their chair or bed for task lighting.
Choose Safe Flooring
The flooring of your loved one’s bedroom can help to keep them safe from slipping, tripping or falling. Not only should the floor not be slippery for them to walk on, but AgingInPlace.com, shares that it should also help to anchor furniture and other items so they don’t easily move either. This means that you’ll likely want to keep rugs out of the room, as they can be more of a hazard than a help.
If you think your elderly loved one could use some updates to their bedroom, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you create the perfect bedroom space for them.