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 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.Source: Parkinson.org]]>
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