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Tips for Creating a Safer, More Comfortable Bedroom for a Senior with Parkinson's Disease

The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. This is where your parent gets the rest that they need, as well as where they are likely to perform other tasks such as getting dressed. In order for your parent to get the maximum benefit from relaxing or otherwise spending time in their bedroom, it is important that it is safe and accessible. If they are living with Parkinson’s disease, this can pose challenges. As their family caregiver, you can help them to be more comfortable and feel safer in their bedroom with a few simple changes.   Use these tips to create a safer, more comfortable bedroom for your elderly parent while they live with Parkinson’s disease:

    • Remove the television. Watching TV before bed is stimulating and can increase sleep disruptions for your parent.
    • Adjust the height of the bed so that your parent can put their feet flat on the floor when sitting on the side of the bed.
    • Ensure that your aging parent is able to turn the light on and off from the door as well as from their bed. This ensures that they do not have to navigate a dark bedroom. Look for mobile light switches that allow your parents to turn their lights on and off from wherever they are.
    • Use night lights or glow in the dark tape or paint to create an easily visible path from your parent’s bedroom to the bathroom.
    • If your parent struggles with incontinence, urgency, or has difficulty getting to the bathroom safely, use a portable toilet during the night.
    • Remove the top bed sheet to reduce the chances of your parent getting tangled in their bedding during restless sleep.
    • Discourage your aging parent from wearing pajamas that are too heavy, such as flannel. Getting overheated disrupts sleep and can worsen symptoms.
  If your aging parent has developed new challenges and limitations, your own schedule or abilities have changed and you can no longer give them the care that they need, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the time to consider elderly care. An elderly home care services provider can tailor a set of highly personalized services specifically to your parents as an individual. This means that they can give them the type of care, assistance, and support that they need to manage their challenges and limitations while also supporting a lifestyle that is as active, independent, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. Through these services, your senior can remain happier, safer, and healthier while you have more time, energy, and flexibility to manage the other needs in your life. This can be particularly beneficial if you are part of the sandwich generation caring for your aging parent as well as your children, or if your parent’s challenges are more extensive than you feel capable of managing comfortably and successfully.  

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Troy, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.