Most of us spend a in our bedrooms. Oftentimes a safe oasis, the bedroom is viewed as a safe oasis and an important room in the home.
However, as our age, the setup of their bedroom may no longer be ideal, or even safe, especially if they have a or .
If your has an inaccessible bedroom it can be dangerous and decrease the chance of them living independently.
Making safety adaptations can:
Decrease the risk of falls
Increase their ability to independently complete activities of daily living
Improve sleep quality
As a , there are several that can be made to give your to their space.
Ensuring that your risk of falling. It can also relieve stress as your navigates their bedroom. ’s bedroom is safe can reduce their
Making the following can help your age in place and enjoy .
Sometimes, the first obstacle is the size and location of the bedroom.
If your has , they may benefit from having their bedroom on the main living floor with to other parts of the home.
Reconsider where your ’s bedroom is by asking these questions:
Is the location of your ’s bedroom accessible?
Are there stairs they would need to climb to access their bedroom?
Is there a bathroom on the same floor?
Is it large enough to allow
to or paths for ?
If there are stairs, consider adaptations such as:
Adding on both sides of the stairs
Moving the bedroom downstairs
Tip: Consider transforming an unused dining room or extra .
Tip: Try this modification idea if only a few stairs are present.
Assess the bedroom’s to ensure to the room. Measure the opening to your ’s door to ensure it is wide enough for a wheelchair or walker to fit and easily move through. While they may not currently use a wheelchair or walker to get around, the more space your has, the better.
Make sure the doorway is at least 32” (recommended by the ) to allow for
Install a which can be easier to manipulate than a standard
If necessary and appropriate, remove the door to make it easier for a person with a to move through.
Some bedrooms are carpeted which can create resistance for like wheelchairs and walkers. Laminate or can create a smooth surface for your to move over. Secure any wires or cords to the wall if it’s not possible to remove them entirely.
Additionally, remove any throw rugs. While decorative, they are fall hazards.
For older adults, falls can significantly impact your ’s health and well-being.
Too much clutter can be overwhelming for your and can also increase the risk of falls. Reducing clutter and increasing organization can greatly assist a .
Make sure there is a clear path to necessary spaces like , , and windows.
Remove any furniture or decorations that would create obstacles in .
Decrease any extra items or decorations that are not necessary. You don’t want something to fall and for your to struggle to reach down to get it.
Reorganize their and to ensure that seasonally appropriate clothing is within easy reach.
Take items out of your ’s lower drawers to make them easier to access.
Of course, being able to get in and out of the bed is key for an accessible bedroom.
Consider installing that slide under the mattress and make it easier for your to get in and out of bed.
Look into an adjustable bed that can be moved to the correct height.
Install next to the bed on the wall.
Make sure bedding is appropriate- not too heavy, and not dragging on the floor.
Place fall mats at the base of the bed if your has fallen out of bed.
Make sure lamps and are at a reachable height.
Use motion-detecting lights to create a lit pathway out of the bedroom (especially to the bathroom) in case your gets up in the middle of the night.
Technology can be useful for your loved one with
Consider tools such as:.
Smart technology that can control lights and thermostats
A wireless phone
An Automatic Fall Detection Device
If your ’s home needs larger home in order to age in place, consider exploring loan programs.
Projects might include adding a bedroom or bathroom to the first floor or expanding a room to make it easier to navigate. These are programs to assist to make adaptations to their homes. One program that may be available is ’s Home and Community Based Care Program. Some programs allow for adaptations to be made to the home of a if they are to house the .
Area Agency on Aging to learn about programs in the area that may be available to them. can connect with their ’s local
Making adaptations to your ’s bedroom can help keep them safe and comfortable. They can greatly increase your ’s and allow for .
Laurel McLaughlin has over a decade worth of experience in various sectors of the elder care field- home care, senior living, and non-profits. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is a certified dementia practitioner.
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