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Being confined to a bed due to an illness or injury can take its toll. This is the case for both the person who is on bed rest and the caregiver. While family and medical professionals can provide support to help meet a bed-bound person's needs, more may be necessary to ensure comfort and to help caregivers do their jobs with ease. Bed accessories can greatly assist injured and ill people as well as those who care for them.
Incontinence is a common concern for caregivers whether they are caring for a person who has limited mobility and cannot make it to the bathroom quickly or for a person who cannot leave his or her bed at all. When bed linens become wet or soiled due to an accident, they must be quickly removed for cleaning in order to protect the mattress from permanent staining that can make the bedroom unsanitary. Adding absorbent bedding protection to the bed can help to protect the mattress in the event that an accident is not immediately found. Options include mattress pads that are placed under the sheet on top of the mattress and mattress covers that slip over the corners of the mattress.
Bedsores or pressure sores are another concern for people who are bedridden. These sores develop when pressure is exerted on a specific part of the body for long periods of time, causing a decrease in oxygen to the skin. Moving patients regularly can help to decrease the chances of bedsores developing. There are a number of ways that you can help to change a person's position to take pressure off the bony areas of their body where bedsores are most likely to develop. By placing mattress lifts and wedges in various spots of the bed, you can ensure that whomever you are caring for is comfortable lying in different positions and is at less risk for bedsores at the same time.
Performing daily living tasks can be difficult for individuals who are bed bound. Using special accessories and items in the bedroom can help make it easier to complete these tasks, allowing patients to feel more independent and caregivers to do their jobs more easily. You can find special devices to assist with bathing while in bed. There are also trays and tables that can be pulled up to the bed to hold grooming accessories or to serve as a dining area.
When a bedridden person needs regular medical attention, bed accessories can help caregivers provide the very best of care. IV poles can be used for those who must receive intravenous fluids while at home, and special examination lamps can be added to the space to improve visibility by the bed while completing various tasks. Patient bed alarms can be purchased for monitoring bedridden people. Some have buttons that an injured or sick person can push when they require assistance. Others are pressure activated and will sound an alarm when the patient gets up from bed.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.