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As we age, our bodies change and we may need to adapt our bedrooms to make them more comfortable and accommodating. If you’re a senior or caring for a senior, here are four bedroom essentials to consider.
A Comfortable Mattress
A comfortable mattress is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for seniors. Brittle bones and aching muscles make needing a good night’s rest even more necessary. If your mattress is more than seven years old, it’s time for a new one. Look for a mattress that’s firm enough to support your body but soft enough to be comfortable. Consider going into a store, like Beautyrest Mattresses, before purchasing so you can make sure you have the right fit for you!
Many seniors experience poor circulation, pain, and other problems that can make it difficult to get in and out of bed. Adjustable beds can make it easier to get in and out of bed by adjusting the head and foot of the bed to the perfect position. This can also help reduce pain by allowing you to sleep in a position that takes the pressure off of your joints. If you suffer from allergies, an adjustable bed can also help by allowing you to elevate your head so you don’t breathe in as many allergens from dust mites and pets.
For instance, the FlexiSpot S5 adjustable bed base benefits from a new function that positions the user’s body at zero gravity. This function is extremely helpful for a senior as it raises his/her legs slightly above the heart to keep the spine’s natural curve. It’s incredible how with such a simple position, the back pain is alleviated, but also it helps to improve blood circulation, reduce snoring, improve digestion, and help in getting better sleep.
As you age, you may need more items close at hand when you’re in bed. Bedside tables provide a place to keep essential items like glasses, water, medications, and remote control within reach. When shopping for bedside tables, look for ones with drawers or shelves so you can easily access everything you need without having to get out of bed.
You may notice that your eyesight isn’t what it used to be and you may need extra light when getting up during the night. Night lights placed around the bedroom can help prevent trips and falls by providing enough light to see where you’re going. Look for night lights that are easy to operate so you don’t have to fumble around in the dark to turn them on or off.
These are just a few essential items that can make your bedroom more comfortable as you age or if you’re caring for a senior. A comfortable mattress, adjustable beds, bedside tables, and night lights can all help make life a little easier.