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Whether you are caring for an injured or ill loved one at home or run a business caring for many patients in a home care type setting, you want the person or people under your care to be as safe and comfortable as possible. By optimizing the bedroom for patient care, you can help to promote a safer environment and make it easier for you to provide attention to your patient and to assist him or her as needed.
Bedsore prevention is an important part of patient care in a home setting. One of the best ways to help prevent bedsores is to get patients out of bed as much as possible. When someone who you are caring for cannot easily move to another room to sit in a common area or a living room, adding a chair to the bedroom can make it easier to give him or her a break from the bed. In order to ensure safety, you can purchase special medical recliners for use in a patient's room. The backs of these chairs can be positioned to ensure comfort, and they are designed to prevent falls. Most of the chairs feature locking wheels, so you can move the chair as close to the bed as possible for easy transfer and then reposition it once the patient is seated. Many also come with locking trays, which can be used for dining, doing crafts, playing games or for other activities.
When a patient is unable to leave his or her bed, many daily living tasks can become complicated. Using an overbed table can help to make many types of tasks easier for you and for the person for whom you are caring. These tables can be wheeled into place over the bed when it's time for meals or for a person to brush their teeth and perform other grooming tasks. The tables can also be used for activities or as a writing surface. There are many sizes and styles of overbed tables available to complete your patient's bedroom. Styles vary in their size, their materials and whether or not they adjust for height.=
Whether you're caring for a loved one in your home or in an assisted living setting, you want to make sure that the bedroom is as safe as possible. If your patient is able to get out of bed on his or her own, adding motion safety lights or nightlights to the bedroom can help to decrease the chances of falls at night. In the event that the patient should not try to move on his or her own, you can purchase pressure alarms that will alert you or your staff if he or she leaves the bed or a chair. You can also buy call alarms for patients to use in the event of an emergency. For performing medical care tasks in the bedroom, you can find special needle disposal containers, exam lamps and other accessories to assist you.
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.