Is Your Bedroom Safe for Seniors?

Since you spend most of your time in the bedroom at night, navigating this room can often be hazardous– particularly when mixed with your grogginess and the lack visibility. Because of this, the short walk from your bedroom to the bathroom, can become dangerous.  

Removing potential hazards and modifying your bedroom can significantly reduce your risk of injury at home. Here’s some ways you can make your bedroom age-proof! 

1. Upgrade the Flooring  

Whilst carpeting and rugs are popular in the bedroom, they’re also serious tripping hazards. Replacing your flooring with nonslip tiles, vinyl, linoleum or wood flooring can help reduce your risk of falls when navigating your bedroom.  

Evening out your existing flooring to remove lips and dips will also remove unnecessary tripping hazards, whilst making it easier to navigate with wheeled mobility, including a wheelchair of walker, if you require one now or in the future. 

2. Stair Walking Aid 

If your bedroom is located on the upper level of your home, then a walking stair aid, like the StairSteady, can ensure you have clear and safe access to your bedroom without being as invasive or expensive as a traditional stairlift.  

StairSteady is a stair assistant that uses a fixed handrail and a sliding support handle to help those with reduced mobility walk up and down their stairs. ELC Home Modifications can help you complete a quick home assessment to ensure the StairSteady can accommodate for your needs and living conditions. 

3. Widen Doorways 

Your bedroom should be able to accommodate for wheeled mobility as you need it, so ensuring your doorways are wide enough to allow this will improve the accessibility of your home. 

4. Upgrade your Bed 

Investing in an electric bed can prevent the aches and pains you often feel with a standard bed and mattress. With the added functionality of changing positions, an electric bed can improve comfort and prevent back and neck pain. And it doesn’t have to look like a hospital either, pictured below is the iCare bed sold by Endeavour Life Care.  

5. Ceiling Hoist Installation  

If you’re looking for a safer and more convenient way of transferring in and out of your bed, you may want to consider installing a ceiling hoist

ceiling hoist is an electrically powered hoist which follows a ceiling tracking system that has been installed between two locations, alleviating the pressure you and your caregiver may experience when it’s time to lift yourself up and move to another location. 

Since your entire body weight is suspended from your ceiling when using the ceiling hoist, ELC Home Modifications can survey your home to ensure your ceiling is properly reinforced and can handle the additional weight. 

GHZ Ceiling Hoist Solution
Source: HLS Healthcare 

6. Easy-Turn Door Handles 

Replacing your existing door handles with easy-turn handles will ensure you’re still able to access your bedroom if you develop arthritis or experience reduced hand mobility or dexterity. 

These door handles prevent you from straining yourself when opening and closing your door, making them easier to operate.   

Our team at ELC Home Modifications can get you on your way to modifying your bedroom to ensure it can continue to cater to your needs as you age.  

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