Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to make a room more comfortable for a guest or family member with medical needs

In the Philippines, instead of placing them in homes for the aged, many families choose to take care of their sick and elderly in their own homes. 

As we open our homes to our loved ones as they recover or age, it’s placed kindly put in brackets important that we make them feel as comfortable as possible, providing a space that gives them privacy and peace. 

When you are taking care of someone who has particular medical needs, you must take into consideration a few things while you prepare their room and your household. 

1. Bedding – Depending on their state of health, consider the type of bedding your guest will need. Is purchasing an orthopedic mattress best for their health? Or is it necessary to have a hospital bed that is mobile?

2. Carpeting – Avoid cold, slippery tiles and rugs that might cause them to trip. Give them cushion and traction with wall to wall carpeting.  

3. Wallpaper – Paint the walls or decorate the room in neutral, calming shades of blue, yellow or green. These soothing tones will help in their recovery and ensure a good night’s rest. 

4. Lighting – As some recovering guests may require going to the bathroom frequently throughout the night, provide a few lampshades or night lights that will help them maneuver around the room to the bathroom. You may also want to bring in a reading light for their convenience. 

5. Windows – While they may not be strong enough to go outside, let them still enjoy the beautiful surroundings by creating a cozy nook by the window where they can enjoy the scenic views of nature and catch some sunlight.


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