Housing loved ones at home instead of an assistive care facility is becoming more and more popular, as are accommodations for people with disabilities in general. For those who can’t afford highly specialized furniture for their homes, there are quite a few accessories to help make life easier, especially in the bedroom. Here are a few accessories that people can get for their beds:
Hospital beds are probably the most expensive out of this bunch, since they are hospital-grade furniture, and are equipped with some extra features most beds don’t have. One of these, of course, is the ability to raise and lower the bed, but hospital beds often also come with removable handles, and some may be automated to raise and lower via remote control. These beds are ideal for those who cannot leave their bed often, since the bed itself can be raised at an angle to simulate sitting up.
For those who are at higher risk of falling out of bed, sleepwalking, or just need a little extra help standing up, bed rails are a great accessory that can be installed on most bed frames. Most rails are made of light metal or fiberglass and are collapsable, making them easy to store and move as needed.
Another item for people who can’t get out of bed often are overbed tables. These accessories are also made of lightweight, durable metal, and can be rolled away from the bed as needed. Overbed tables are shaped in such a way that patients or loved ones can roll the table so the wheels are under the bed, leaving the table portion over it. This tool is great for helping bedridden loved ones have a little more freedom with their choice of activity by providing accommodation for a wide variety of activities.
Patient lifts are yet another item that can help bedridden individuals, by providing aid to help them get out of bed. Some lifts require more than one person to operate, and use slings to move patients into and out of bed. Other lifts can be placed around the bed for the patient to physically pull themself up and out of bed if they are able.
A mattress cover may not seem like an accommodative device, but for people who have specific orthopedic needs, a mattress cover may be the difference between an injured back and a good night’s rest. Typically, doctors or physical therapists will recommend mattress covers for people who suffer from conditions like osteoporosis, degenerative spine disease, or frequent insomnia, since comfort is a priority.If you or a loved one is looking to find bedroom accommodations, speak with your doctor first. TO browse other accommodative devices, visit Medical Supply Depot.