When you’re caring for an aging loved one, there are endless issues to manage and possibilities to weigh. Even when you’re sharing the responsibility, care-taking can feel like a full-time job. Replacing items belonging to your loved one probably isn’t on your list of priorities — or theirs. There are, however, reasons to consider getting a new bed, especially if he or she is moving into a new residence.
Think about the bed during a move.
Moving is a great time to think about wants, needs, and item donations. Whether your loved one is moving in with a family member or downsizing to a patio home, he or she is going to need a comfortable place to sleep. The bed is the one piece of furniture that will definitely be used every day. It’s possible that a simple conversation with the retirement home could uncover options that should be considered. Making sure your relative has a comfortable bed is a simple way of improving their everyday quality of life.
Watch for pain points.
Does your loved one complain of pain that doesn’t seem to be related to any diagnosed condition? As we age, our bodies change, and so do our sleep needs. Physical conditions, especially injuries, can turn an old bed into a pain-provoking problem. By getting rid of a worn-out mattress, you can reduce unnecessary discomfort and improve quality of sleep. These are particularly important when you care for someone who is ailing. If pain is an ongoing issue, talk to a medical professional whether a new mattress might help.
Talk to your loved one.
How do they feel about their bed? Find out whether keeping the bed they shared with a late partner conjures difficult feelings. On the other hand, it’s possible that keeping the existing bed is a necessity due to a sentimental attachment. Be sure to ask questions and determine whether your loved one could be made more comfortable. The elderly will often go to great lengths to avoid any extra expense, so be sure to let your loved one know that your concern is sincere.
Talk to an expert.
Of all the aging-related costs that will arise, the right bed is among those that can directly impact a person’s comfort on a day-to-day basis. Once your loved one has spoken with a doctor, it’s important to get the right new mattress. At A Goodnight Sleepstore, you can speak with a sleep expert who will take the time to find the right bed for your loved one. If he or she can come in and try out several beds, we ensure a lovely outing. If your relative is unable to make the visit, be sure to take notes about his or her preferences and bring them with you as you shop. It will be our pleasure to help you find the best option for the twilight stage of life.