Choosing the Right Bed With Mobility Problems
As anyone with mobility issues will know, choosing the right furniture to ease mobility and increase accessibility in the home is of paramount importance. Ensuring space around the thoroughfare areas is vital for manoeuvrability, particularly for those with wheelchairs or mobility scooters. And it’s imperative that any aids around the home – such as rails to assist standing – are easy to get close to. But one of the most crucial things to get right is buying the right bed.
Bed SizeFirst of all, look at the size of your home. Do you have the right sized bed? Often those in retirement have downsized from large family homes, or even sadly lost their loved one along the way, but will still have the bed they used before. A large double or king sized bed might be lovely if you have the space for it or need to share it with a wife or husband, but if you’re living alone, or have less space, then perhaps it’s wise to consider whether you need a large bed at all.
A smaller bed will allow more freedom for movement around the bedroom, and decrease the need for heavy bedding, making changing the bed linen easier too. Bed manufacturers and stores will deliver new beds and many will even assist with removal of the old bed. If they don’t, contact your local council who will almost certainly have a service for removing and disposing of old beds.
Adjustable BedsAdjustable beds have been used in hospitals for decades, but only in the last twenty years or so have they been available for home use. These days the flexibility of adjustable beds is extraordinarily well developed, and whatever your restrictions in terms of mobility, there will be a bed that can assist with getting in or out of the bed, or finding a comfortable position when in it.
Many of them have backs that lower up or down, making sitting or lying simply something that’s done at the touch of a button, making sitting in bed reading or watching TV easy.