Falling out of bed for the elderly is common, particularly for your loved ones living with dementia. Why is this so? Dementia affects one’s cognitive state negatively, such as through memory impairment. This can result in confusion when your loved ones wake up and result in their hurried attempt to get up while overlooking any possible physical limitations or mobility issues. A fall for the elderly may lead to dire consequences, given their relatively fragile bones. Well, you have come to the right article! Today, we will share with you some ways to prevent your loved ones from rolling off the bed and hurting themselves. Even better, these are easy to implement and do not break the bank.
Install Some Bed Rails
The first method is to install some bed rails on either side of the bed. Your loved one can hold onto the rails to support themselves on the bed, and also serves as a barrier to prevent your loved one from rolling out of the bed. It would also be in their line of vision so even if they wake up in a confused state, this aid would easily be within their reach and a consistent reminder that they have such a support tool.
Put A Fall Mat Next To The Bed
Floor mats will not necessarily prevent your loved one from falling, but it sure does prevent your loved one from suffering severe physical hurt from their fall. Fall mats would cushion and absorb the shock of the fall for your loved one. It has been shown that floor mats can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury for those who fall from lowered beds. Purchase a non-stick fall mat for your loved one and put it beside the bed. If your loved one tends to get up from either side of the bed, it would be a safe option to put the mat on both sides of the bed. Furthermore, it is good to ensure that the mat is not too thick, to prevent your loved one from tripping over the mat instead.
Lower The Bed
The impact of falls would be greatly determined by the height that one has fallen from. In this case, to keep your loved ones safe and reduce the risk of severe injuries, lowering their bed might be a viable option to reduce the impact of their fall. Lowering the bed can also prevent your loved one from falling via losing balance. As a gauge, a suitable height of the bed would be at your loved one’s knee level. However, it is important to make sure that the bed is not too low to reduce exhaustion for your elderly if they have to strain their muscles to get up.
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