Bed mobility aids
Getting in and out of the bed is often a task for many elderly, especially those who have conditions that limit their mobility. There are also chances of falls that may worsen the situation further. However, bedroom aids can come to your rescue, says Dr Nidhi Kumar.
Aids or assistive devices help in performing activities of daily living for many elders. These can be categorized into sub groups depending upon their usage, e.g. mobility aids, bathroom aids, toileting aids, household aids, dressing aids, etc. In a continuing series on aids for elders, consultant physiotherapist Dr Nidhi Kumar focuses on bedroom aids.
Here are some mobility and disability aids for the bedroom:
Knee support: The knee support provides optimum comfort and pressure relief for the lower back and hips. It helps keep the back in the natural ‘S’ shape during sleep. It is secured in place with a ‘touch close’ fastening and covered with a soft polyester fleece.
Bed rails: Bed rails and bars help people to get in and out of bed easily. These supports can be an important means for people to retain their independence in the bedroom. A bed rail can either be fixed to the bed itself, or slid beneath the mattress, depending on the model.
Water proof bedding: This is used for people with incontinence. It is easy to care, wipe or wash with a disinfectant solution. The fabric contains bacteriostat/fungistat to prevent the growth of germs. It is flame retardant for added safety.
Reacher: It is used to pick up small items securely with minimal finger flexion. It features a lightweight shaft and an easy-to-close hand grip.
Key turner: Keys are usually thin and slender and require fine motor movements. Thus these are ideal for persons with arthritis or a weak/ unstable grip.
Where to buy: Here are a few links that you can check out to source assistive aid devices in India. Kindly note that we aren’t affiliated with any of these websites offering assistive aid devices. Please do your own research about them before you proceed.