Do you have a parent or grandparent who is elderly? Do you have concerns about a loved one who is on his own? If so, there are numerous things you can do to keep them safe and comfortable during the day. However, offering the same amount of attention and comfort becomes more challenging at sleep. You must, after all, sleep on occasion!
We all must obtain the restorative sleep we need to live a healthy lifestyle, regardless of age. Seniors require appropriate bedding and equipment to sleep comfortably and safely.
With the mid-year approaching, it may be time to buy new sheets and bedding for elderly family members. Given the incontinence issues that come with age, you may already know that their linen requirements are slightly different. This is, however, nothing to be ashamed of.
According to the World Health Organization, incontinence, or the involuntary leakage of urine, is prevalent in old persons aged sixty and up. Whether incontinence is caused by chronic illness or environmental circumstances, you may assist aging loved ones in feeling less ashamed about it by purchasing high-quality goods that can help.
As a result, elders may feel more at ease and sleep well, knowing that everything will be okay. In addition, other accouterments, such as memory foam mattresses and pillows, as well as bed rails to avoid injury, can help seniors have the best night’s sleep they have had in years.
Creating a Relaxing Sleeping Environment
- Is your senior’s room a warm and inviting place to sleep?
- Is it possible for them to read comfortably in bed?
- Is everything they require readily available?
- Is it possible for them to get to the bathroom safely?
Will they be able to keep warm? These are important topics for you and a senior loved one to consider.
A Good Bed Equals a Good Night’s Sleep
It is easier to sleep in a pleasant room, and the bed is the most critical aspect of that comfort. A gorgeous headboard and robust frame are excellent, but the mattress is the most vital part of a comfortable bed. A bumpy, worn-out mattress will almost certainly ensure that the sleeper has a restless night.
The first step toward a pleasant resting place for your loved ones is to ensure they have a good mattress. If they have back or joint problems, the right mattress might give them the soft support they need.
Because seniors are prone to ‘leakage,’ it is a good idea to use a leak-proof mattress pad to safeguard that new mattress.
It will safeguard the bed and prevent any regrets that may arise because of an unfortunate mishap.
That High-end Mattress Needs High-end Bedding
Investing in high-quality linens adds a nice touch that most seniors would not consider—but you can! Cheap sheets are prone to pilling and creases, which are enough to make sleeping uncomfortable.
Luxury bedding sets may be more expensive, but they are a long-term investment in their comfort.
In the winter, flannel sheets are warmer, while in the summer, percale sheets are cooler. Because temperature influences sleep quality, investing in different sheets and pillows for different seasons is a good idea.
A down duvet is warmer and lighter than a traditional comforter, and it is a luxury that many seniors would appreciate. In addition, a duvet cover protects the bedding and is less challenging to clean than a quilt. Removing and replacing a duvet cover, on the other hand, is not a chore for a senior to take on alone!
The Basics for Bedtime are a Requirement
Where are your elderly loved one’s spectacles and other nighttime necessities going to be kept? Many elderlies suffer from dry mouth (particularly at night) and want quick access to a drink. They may also require medication, which should be kept nearby. It is a good idea to keep a bottle of lotion on hand for the dry skin of the elderly.
It is also critical that they have access to a phone or medical alert device in an emergency. They can read in bed or see to take their pills with the help of a lamp. Choosing a touch lamp that switches on and off with a simple tap on the base is much simpler on aging hands than choosing one with a finicky knob challenging to locate in the dark.
You can fulfill All these requirements with a nightstand. When kids bump into it, one with rounded edges and corners is safer and less likely to cause unpleasant bruising. Seniors frequently get some impressive bruises because of an impact they did not even notice!
Adding a Little Extra Comfort is a Good Idea
Sleeping in a higher position is generally more comfortable for seniors. Consider how often you have seen them sleeping quietly in a chair. Even if they do not always desire an extra pillow on the bed, it is a good idea to keep one on hand just in case. The same goes for an extra blanket (or two!). It is usual for seniors to feel chilly in a room that younger people find sweltering.
This is because their metabolism has slowed with age, and their skin no longer has a thin layer of fat to insulate them. In addition, medical problems that impede blood flow and the medications used to treat them might make a senior feel cold all the time.
In a large basket near the bed, place an extra pillow and a couple of warm throws. Throws are smaller and lighter than blankets, making them easier for a relaxed senior to handle on his or her own. Rather than waking someone up to help them with a thick blanket, many elders would prefer to spend the night somewhat cold. Between usage, a basket with a lid will help protect the excess bedding from dust. Just make sure it is simple for your senior to remove the top on their own.
A bed tray allows your senior to read in bed while also allowing you or the grandchildren to treat them to breakfast in bed! Spills and crumbs will be kept off the bedding with a low lip. Just make sure the rim does not hurt their wrists when they are reading.
Sheets and Mattress Cover That are Waterproof
Accidents can happen at any time and to anyone. That is why waterproof bedding is available to keep your mattress or down pillows clean; here are some high-quality pillow protectors to think about. A waterproof mattress cover also keeps dust mites at bay, which can cause allergies.
Foam Bed Wedges and Special Pillows
You can utilize Bed wedges and specialty pillows can to help provide more comfort. Bed wedges are used to prop individuals up in bed to read, write, or watch TV. Other bed wedge forms are designed to prop individuals up while they sleep to breathe more easily. Like yoga bolsters, wedges are intended to be placed beneath the knees to align the back better. Body positioners, for example, can be used to align someone’s body better, especially if they sleep on their side.
Rails for the Bed
For elders, having a secure bed is essential. It is critical to avoid falls when going into or out of bed and while sleeping. Consider putting a bed rail as a mobility device to assist seniors in securely getting in and out of bed while also keeping them from falling while sleeping. Installing a bed rail is safe and straightforward. Some bed rails are designed expressly for travel so that you may bring them along on your vacation. Bed rails come in a variety of styles. When choosing a bed rail, consider the following factors.
Many seniors must go to the bathroom at least once during the night. However, they are more likely to have a dangerous fall if they do it in the dark. Automatic nightlights installed along their trip to the bathroom can assist prevent a nighttime fall. In addition, keeping a pair of non-slip slippers and a robe on a wall hook close to their bed will help them stay warm throughout their overnight journeys.
What if They Require Assistance?
You might need some extra safety equipment if you care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another significant condition that makes it dangerous for them to be up and about independently.
- Like those seen in hospitals, a call button allows individuals to request assistance without crying for help. However, if a call button makes them feel like they are in a hospital, a lovely bell will also summon aid if it is loud enough.
- Bed safety rails can prevent them from falling out of bed and deter them from attempting to get out of bed on their own.
- If they try to get out of bed on their own, the alert pads on the bed and the floor will sound an alarm. It is especially crucial for Alzheimer’s patients who wander. Their condition may make it difficult for them to recognize the dangers of going for a walk in the middle of the night during a storm.