Your bedroom is your private sanctuary. A place of rest, relaxation and recovery. BUT, as we age, it also needs to be a functional space that’s designed for our aging bodies.
Today, I want to share with you 4 modifications you can do in your bedroom that will make life easier now and in the future.
“We shape our homes,
and then our homes shape us.”
– Winston Churchill –
1. Check your Bed
Getting in and out of your bed can be a struggle if the bed is either too high or too low. Adding or removing risers to the legs is an easy fix to make your bed the optimal height.
Another option, although more expensive, is to invest in an orthopedic or adjustable bed. These beds come with or without guardrails which not only helps getting in and out of bed easier, but ensures you won’t roll out accidentally.
2. Air Quality
If you’re finding you have difficulty breathing at night, an air purification system, or air filters may be the answer.
There are systems that can freshen the air throughout the home, but its critical to have a purification system that filters out allergens etc. in the bedroom especially, so you can have a good nights’ sleep.
Improper lighting makes is very difficult to see tripping hazards in the dark. There are a number of lighting improvements though that are inexpensive and easy to install.
A small motion-activated light installed under the side of the bed will turn on when you get out of bed, without blinding you.
Using “clapper” style lights will also make it easier to get into bed, as you can turn the light off from the comfort of your cozy bed.
4. Emergency Alerts
While we never expect an emergency to happen, it’s good to know that if one does, you’ll be prepared.
If you have a hearing impairment, a smoke alarm with lights and a vibrating component is a great option. If it detects smoke, the lights will flash and the bed will automatically vibrate to wake you.
Emergency call buttons are always a good idea for aging-in-place seniors. A portable button can be worn around the neck or on the wrist and can be easily activated should you need help day or night.
A good night’s sleep is important for everyone. As we age, we need to make modifications to our bedroom so that we’re as comfortable and safe as possible.
I hope you try some of these suggestions so that you can rest easy every night.
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