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When you are moving a loved one from a hospital room to a bedroom, there is a lot to keep in mind. Most people who were in a hospital setting are going to have some sort of adjustment when they get home. If you are about to move an elderly friend or relative from the hospital room to a bedroom, here is how to have a smooth transition.
Making the Bedroom Comfortable
Moving to a bedroom that an elderly person will be spending a lot of time in comes down to comfort. You want the bedroom to be so comfortable, they hardly realize they are in there. In the grand scheme of things, there are small things you can do to make a bedroom more comfortable.
- Add a television – Spending a lot of time in a room can make one want to watch a lot of television. Adding a TV to a bedroom can help keep the boredom away, especially for an elderly person. Having something of value to watch is important.
- Bed tray – If the elderly person that you’re prepping the room for is bedridden or just having a bad day, they are going to need a bed tray. Bed trays come in handy for eating and having something to rest items on, until they’re needed again.
- Bed rest lounger – Being on bed rest is one thing, but lying in bed all day is another. A bed rest lounger can help anyone feel more comfortable while sitting down in bed.
Safety Is Always First
I can tell you that safety is always important when it comes to the elderly. Moving from a hospital with lots of safety features to a bedroom with no safety features can be overwhelming. There are some items you may want to consider for helping go from hospital room to bedroom.
- Bed assist bar – Being able to get up when you want is vital. A bed assist bar can help with this. It also gives the elderly person something to hold onto when trying to stand up or when standing by the bed.
- Portable urinal – As we age we tend to go to the bathroom more often. Our bodies tell us we need to go but it often can be hard to get there in a rush. Having a portable potty to use is a must. Being able to get to the potty quickly is something most elderly people will need.
- Wheelchair – Just because you are old doesn’t mean you need to stay in bed the whole time. A wheelchair is great for having on hand and for helping the elderly get to where they need to go.
Supplies For The Room
Think about what you would need if you were going from a hospital with every supply under the sun to a bedroom. Stocking up on the right supplies is everything. A few sample supplies that an elderly person may need in their bedroom includes adult adjustable briefs, a water cup, a first aid kit, and disposable gloves. The healthcare facility that they were previously in will help give you an idea of what you will need to have on hand at home to promote recovery.
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Plus they are adjustable so they always fit him perfectly no matter what he is going through. Recently, he gained a lot of water weight and then lost that and then some, but it wasn’t an issue with these amazing briefs. It’s a great product at a great value!
We love that Member’s Mark Total Protection is there for him through good times and bad. They give him confidence and the freedom to recover at his pace. I love that they make things easier on everyone including the caregiver. Conquer Inco!
Speaking of promoting recovery, resting is super important, but there are other things an elderly person must do to get better. Getting sunshine is important! Take them outside, in their wheelchair or with their walker, and go for a walk. Buy some exercise equipment that they liked during physical therapy. Anything to that will help build their muscles back and keep them going. Talk to them and encourage them to stay as active mentally as possible. Of course, proper medications are important too.
Helping the elderly person in your life have a smooth transition is easier than you thought. Don’t forget to get all your caregiving needs at your local Sam’s Club and reap the benefits of being a member. And after your loved one tries Member’s Mark Total Protection go to Samsclub.com and leave a review! Every needs to know just how amazing they are!!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.