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(Updated: May 27, 2024)

Your bedroom is your private sanctuary.  It’s a place to rest, relax, and recover from the day.  

As we age, it’s crucial that our bedroom not only be cozy but also safe and accessible.

Making just a few modifications tailored to aging-in-place can help you maintain independence and quality of life while minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries.

Today, I want to share a few changes you can make in your bedroom that will make life easier now and in the future.

 

 The bedroom is a place for relaxation and rest,

and it should be designed

to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

– Joanna Gaines –

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 helps get in and out of bed easier and ensures you won’t roll out accidentally.

 

2. Adjusting Furniture and Layout

Next, consider your furniture and room layout. 

Arrange your furniture to create clear pathways and ample space for moving around, especially if you use mobility aids like walkers or wheelchairs.

Decluttering and organizing your bedroom can also minimize tripping hazards and ensure easy access to essential items.

3. Air Quality

If you’re having difficulty breathing at night, an air purification system or air filter may be the answer.

Some systems can freshen the air throughout the home, but it’s critical to have a purification system that filters out allergens, etc. in the bedroom especially, so you can have a good night’s sleep.

 

4. Comfort and Convenience

A focus on comfort and convenience is so important in your bedroom.

Invest in temperature control options, like ceiling fans or programmable thermostats, to keep your bedroom comfortable year-round.

Smart home technology, such as remote-controlled blinds or voice-activated lights, can also make daily tasks easier and more convenient.

5. Lighting

Good lighting is key, because, as we age, our eyesight can deteriorate, making it harder to see in low light.

There are several lighting improvements though that are inexpensive and easy to install. 

For example, a small motion-activated night light installed under the side of the bed will turn on when you get out of bed, without blinding you. 

“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.

6. Safety and Emergency Alerts

Safety in the home is always a top priority.

  • Install grab bars and handrails near the bed and bathroom for extra support and stability.
  • Replace slippery flooring with non-slip options to reduce the risk of falls.
  • Secure or remove loose rugs and make sure electrical cords are tucked away to prevent trips and falls.

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. 

So, 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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