Your elderly family member is most likely to feel wobbly or uncertain of her footing in her bedroom. So making sure that there’s nothing in her way that could cause a fall is vital to ensure that she doesn’t injure herself.
Check for Clear Pathways.
One of the biggest issues for your aging adult in her bedroom is possibly having items, such as furniture, too close to pathways that your elderly family member needs to be able to use. Make sure that there is plenty of room for your senior to safely navigate, especially through doorways. If there’s not enough room, it might be necessary for you to rearrange some furniture in order to get an optimal arrangement.
Reduce Clutter and Loose Items.
In addition to furniture that could be in the way, there might be items in the way. Clothes, shoes, and other items your senior needs and uses in the bedroom can become a tripping hazard if they’re left in random spots. Make sure that your senior has specific locations for items such as shoes when she takes them off. This might be as simple as having a bin into which your senior can put her shoes that tucks away.
Keep Lighting Accessible.
If your senior can’t see obstacles well, she can’t avoid them as easily as she might want. Keeping a table lamp on a night stand or moving a light switch can be the easiest ways to ensure she’s got the light she needs, even in bed. You might even want to consider sound- or motion-activated sensors that allow your elderly family member to turn lights on or off from wherever she is in the room.
Make Sure There’s a Phone Nearby.
Should your elderly family member fall, she needs to be able to get help right away. If you or elderly care providers are there with her, you might be able to hear her calling for help. But if she’s alone, having a phone or other communication device nearby is essential. Keep her nightstand clear so that she’s able to get to those communication devices right away.
Taking a trip through your senior’s bedroom a few times a week can help you to stay on top of her safety in this room. You might want to include this on chore lists that you share with elderly care providers and other family members, too, so they can help out.