If you're caring for a bedridden relative, are the caregiver for an elderly or disabled individual, or operate a personal care or assisted living home, ensuring that the bedroom environment is safe and conducive to providing care is important. There are a variety of ways that you can modify a bed and the rest of the bedroom space to improve the quality of care that you provide, and Walgreens has all of the solutions that you need.
Preventing Falls in the Bathroom
Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, making it important that you take steps to minimize the risk of falls in the bedroom. Installing bed rails can help to reduce the risk of rolling or slipping out of bed. You can purchase protective bars in a variety of sizes to install on the sides of the bed. Most models simply slide in under the mattress, making them easy to put into place. For individuals who are able to get out of bed but have difficulty shifting from position to position, assistance rails can simplify the process and make it easier to transfer to and from the bed. These bars provide a stable surface to which individuals with limited mobility can cling as they shift positions.
Cushions and Supports for Increased Comfort
Being confined to a bed due to an illness or injury can result in pain and stiffness in various parts of the body. Fortunately, you can help to alleviate discomfort with the help of pillows and support. You can purchase pillows designed specifically to support the knees, the lower back and the neck and shoulders. There are also special medical pillows designed to better support the contours of the neck and shoulders.
Medical Furnishings for the Bedroom
For a bedridden person, even simple tasks like eating can be a challenge. Rolling overbed tables are an ideal way to solve many of the problems that can come with caring for someone confined to a bed. These tables slide over the bed, so that the person who is resting can sit up or be propped up to eat, write, read and perform other tasks. If you need to keep essential medical supplies within easy reach by the bed, there are rolling carts and instrument stands that you can purchase and keep in the bedroom.
Solutions for Preventing Bedsores
Bedsores or pressure sores are open sores that are caused by constant pressure against the body that limits the flow of blood to the skin. Anyone who is confined to bed for a prolonged period of time is at risk for developing bedsores. These sores can put sufferers at risk for more serious conditions like life-threatening infections. If you are caring for someone, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of bedsores by using special cushions and pads beneath the mattress under areas that are particularly bony. Reposition the person for whom you are caring frequently, and be sure to keep their skin clean and dry. Talk to your doctor about other ways to help prevent bedsores.
Whether you're a professional caregiver working out of a hospital, or a family member caring for an elderly loved-one, Walgreens has a wide assortment of home health care products to help meet your specific needs.