As we get older, our energy and stamina decrease. If we have problems like arthritis, back pain, and joints, the movement can become more difficult. A simple action like getting in and out of bed can cause problems, discomfort, or awkwardness.
Elderly, disabled, and the ones recovering from an accident often find themselves in this situation. So to aid them, there are extensive lists of mobility aids available.
Whether it's helping someone pull themselves out of bed or provide extra support in getting in and out of the room, there are plenty of options to choose from - bed safety rails for movement, bed hoist for the elderly, and more.
The best thing is that they are designed in such a way that they can aid the disabled as well as improve comfort.
Let's see what these aids are.
Aids to Get In and Out of Bed
Physical conditions like back pain, inflexibility, and others can make it difficult to raise oneself from lying on the bed to a sitting position.
One of the simplest pieces of equipment that you can use to raise is a bed rope ladder. It's often known as Jacob ladder. One end of the ladder is tied to the bed's foot, while the user uses the other end to pull themselves upright.
Another piece of equipment is a leg lifter. One end of the loop fits the user's foot. The other end is held in the user's hand. Using it, users can pull themselves up, lifting the foot off the ground and leg along with it.
If you need a balancing point to get in and out of bed, bed safety rails are the apt choice. You can choose from different types of rails depending on your use and fixing method. For instance, you can choose cot sides. They extend down the length of the bed and prevent them from falling off. For a support system, you can go for short and protrude rail types. However, you must keep in mind that rails require upper body strength.
Another bedroom aid that demands upper body strength is a floor-to-ceiling pole. It's a permanent installation and extends from ceiling to floor. Therefore, it's necessary to consider its position before installation.
The pole can be a vertical one or a horizontal one depending on your support needs. However, make sure to hire a tradesperson for installation as they have a better knowledge of the surface and the type of fixing that's best. They would ensure that attachments to the floor, ceilings, and walls are properly done.
If you have a divan bed, you can choose rails that fit below the base and open upwards. Or you can go for rails that slide between bed and mattress. If you're going for a trip, you can pick the travel version aids, one that folds-up.
If you spend most of your time in bed, you might even consider aids for sitting up. Generally, a combination of pillows may do the trick, but you can even consider backrests, foam wedges, etc.
As for backrests, you can have one with an aluminum frame and a canvas section. The simple catch mechanism will then allow you to tilt into your chosen angle.
A bed wedge is a set of three large foam pieces that work similarly to a backrest. And yet, it is softer and provides a solid feeling than a backrest. Also, it is rigid. It doesn't allow adjusting according to the angle of support. So, choose wisely.
What Do We Recommend?
If you need support, go for bed safety rails. You can even select bed hoists for elderly.
However, the great way to start is by discussing it with your GP or occupational therapist. They can give you the right advice about the aids that are appropriate for you or your loved ones.