As we get older, we start to face more and more challenges throughout our everyday lives. Tasks that were once considered menial such as walking to the bus stop or even getting out of bed can often be a cause of struggle and frustration.
The fact is that everyone ages, and it’s natural for older people to lose some of their mobility. A lack of mobility can be the root cause of a whole host of life affecting issues, so it’s important to be aware of things that can help you continue in your everyday life.
Do you have trouble getting out of bed?
One of the very first things we do each and every morning is get ourselves up and out of bed, and for most of our lives it’s something we don’t even think about. But, as our bodies age and become less mobile, getting up in a morning can cause a worrying start to our day.
If you’re not finding it as easy as you once were to get up and about in a morning, you aren’t on your own.
Why am I struggling to get out of bed?
There are many reasons one may struggle to get out of bed, such as:
- Mobility issues
- Overly soft mattresses
- The bed is too high or too low
Getting out of bed safely and independently
If you’re looking for help getting yourself out of bed, there are several different solutions that could make a huge difference to your independence and quality of life.
Gentle exercises to improve strength and flexibility
It’s never too late to start improving your physical fitness, and the benefits of exercising stretch far beyond helping you get in and out of bed. There are many basic exercises that can be done within your own home that are designed for all manner of abilities. The NHS provide a some really useful information on exercises for when sitting down, and exercises to improve your strength, flexibility and balance.
Bed rails or grab handles
Installed at the side of your bed, a rail or grab handle supports you when you’re getting in and out of your bed. Built to support your body weight, many of the more modern types have been designed to be discreet and unobtrusive within your bedroom.
Adjustable Divan Beds
Electric, adjustable divan beds have come a long way from the traditional hospital style beds that you may initially think of. Our range of adjustable smart beds are designed to provide ultimate comfort for the user.
Through a simple to use handset control, the bed can be electrically adjusted to raise the backrest to sit up in bed and the leg rest to elevate the legs.
Variable Height Beds
Height can play an important factor when it comes to getting on and off a bed. When the bed is too high it can be difficult to swing your legs on, and when a bed is too low it can be a struggle to push yourself into a standing position. With the benefit of a height adjustable bed, you can choose your optimum positions for getting on and off.
Supportive, firm edge mattresses
Everyone loves a comfortable mattress, but when a mattress is too soft it can feel like you’re sinking into the bed, making it even more difficult push yourself off and stand up. Supportive, firm edge mattresses are designed to make it as easy as possible for a user with restricted mobility to get on and off without compromising on comfort.
Find out how Opera could help you with your bed needs.
Contact us, or speak to our experts advisors on 0333 222 8584