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Bedroom Safety Tips for Older Adults

Jul 6, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing

If you ask most older adults, they’ll probably tell you that they hope to live in their homes until they die. The good news is that for many people that’s entirely possible with some help from family caregivers and home care. One of the things that is necessary to allow seniors to remain in their homes is to address home safety concerns, which may involve making some changes to the house. One of the places where safety issues need to be addressed are the bedroom since it is one of the most used rooms of the house. Below are some bedroom safety tips to keep your aging relative safe at home.

Keep Essential Items Nearby

Older adults should have a bedside table where they can put items they may need during the night. Some things they should keep nearby are:

  • A flashlight in case they need to get up.
  • A glass or bottle of water so they don’t have to get out of bed to get a drink.
  • Cell phone or telephone in case they need to call for help or in case someone calls.
  • Eyeglasses.

Install Grab Bars

Grab bars installed near the bed give older adults something to hold on to when getting in and out of bed, which decreases the likelihood of falling.

Have Proper Lighting

The bedroom light switch should be located close to the doorway and within the senior’s reach. Also, place a nightlight in the bedroom, hallway, and bathroom to light the way when the senior needs to get up to use the toilet during the night. A lamp within reach of the bed is also helpful.

Bring in a Sturdy Chair

Most people get dressed in their bedrooms. For seniors, it is often easier to get dressed sitting down. Place a sturdy chair in the room for them to sit on. Make sure it is easy for them to get in and out of.

Remove Clutter from Walkways

Make sure there is nothing cluttering walkways and creating a trip hazard. This includes stacks of books, laundry baskets, slippers or shoes, or anything else that is lying in the way.

Hire Home Care

Hiring home care to spend nights with your aging relative can also keep them safer. Home care providers can arrive in the evening when it is time for the older adult to get ready for bed. They can assist the person to change into pajamas and get safely into bed. Home care providers can make sure the senior has everything they need close to the bed, so they don’t have to get up. If the older adult does need to get up during the night, the home care provider can assist them to get safely to the bathroom and back to bed.

If you or an elderly loved one are considering homecare in Belle Mead, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

Sources

https://www.grayingwithgrace.com/guides/home-safety/bedroom-safety/
https://ageinplace.com/at-home/home-safety/elderly-safety-bedroom/
https://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/what-caregivers-can-do-for-seniors-for-500-or-less/
https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts/

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