Sleep is important as it helps our bodies recuperate and aids us in defending against common illnesses and ailments. Finding a mattress that addresses common issues that the elderly face can ensure that your ageing parents get adequate comfort and support that will enable them to make the most out of the hours they sleep, as well as the time they spend awake.
Look for a combination of firm core support to hold your parent’s spine in correct alignment, with plenty of top layers creating a nice, soft sleeping surface.
Orthopaedic beds may be too hard for your parents who have back problems and more sensitive joints.
Choose a bed with high lines as it will be easier to get in and out of.
A firmer bed is better for the same reasons and also for anyone who spends any length of time sitting up in bed. Similarly, a firm base – solid top, firm edge or one of the firmer spring edge bases, will feel safer to anyone regularly sitting or leaning on the edge of a bed.
A soft sleeping surface makes for a warmer bed as it provides for better insulation. Even firm beds can have softly quilted surfaces, or a mattress overlay can be used.
Beds with adjustable neck, foot, head and leg rests are now readily available. These are good for anyone who has to spend a lot of time in bed or has high blood pressure or rheumatism.
Foam mattresses that are non-allergenic and do not need turning.
Zipped and linked beds consist of two separate mattresses and bases that can meet individual requirements of support and comfort. In addition, it can be separated into two singles should one partner become ill. It also makes for easier handling.
When a bed is too low to the ground, it will be more difficult for a person to stand when getting out of the bed. If necessary, raise the bed slightly using bed risers.
Bed raisers have moulded shapes (usually plastic cones) designed to fit over the top of the existing legs or castors to increase the height of the bed.
Bed levers (such as bed rails, grab handles, grab rails or support rails) help a person get into or out of bed, or to raise themselves from a lying to a sitting position within the bed.
Bed ladder helps a person to raise themselves into a sitting position from lying down. One end of the rope ladder is attached either to the footboard of the bed or the bed frame. The person pulls themselves forward using the rungs of the ladder.
Bed blocks can be placed on either or both sides of them in bed if the person has difficulty pushing down through their hands. It would help them to raise themselves up and adjust their position in or on the bed.
Leg lifters help a person lift their legs up and into bed. There are manual devices, such as a leg loop, a reinforced strap that hooks around the legs and can then be pulled up. For those people who lack the strength or balance to do this, there are a number of power-assisted devices.
If slipping down the bed is a significant problem, then a slip-prevention footboard may be useful.
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