Buying a bed for someone with dementia can be daunting. You want your loved one to be comfortable and safe while at the same time making it easy for you to help care for them. What's more, the bed should make the person feel at home and at ease with their surroundings.
Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. It's a devastating disease that can completely change a person's quality of life. Symptoms of dementia include issues with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness and quickness, language (trouble with speaking), understanding, judgment, mood, movement and difficulty in doing daily activities.
If you're living and caring for a family member with dementia, it may be useful to invest in a nursing or hospital bed to ensure their comfort and help to prevent any accidents.
One of the challenges with dementia is reduced thinking, and in some types of dementia, hallucinations, which have an effect on a person's visual capabilities, which can lead to accidents happening in the home.
Purchasing a hospital bed keeps them comfortable and reduces the risk of accidents, especially at night when everyone else is asleep.
If you're looking for a bed to suit the needs of someone with dementia, consider the following features:
A lowering and raising feature.
People with dementia fall more often than cognitively healthy older adults. For this reason, a lowering feature on your bed is essential to prevent injuries during the night.
Meanwhile, raising the bed to waist height can help the person get in and out of bed safely and make it easier for you to care for them and make sure they're clean and comfortable.
Should beds for those with dementia have rails?
Some hospital-style beds for people with dementia have rails to prevent the person from falling out of bed, but this can be restrictive and make the person feel trapped. A lowering feature is often a safer, less confining option.
Adjustable and supportive.
Being able to adjust the position of the bed can help provide further comfort and support for the person with dementia.
Feelings of restlessness and agitation are common for those with dementia, so making sure they're as comfortable as possible can help them to relax.
Additionally, a profiling bed can support respiration and circulation, which is particularly important for maintaining physical health.
A homey design.
Living with dementia isn't easy. Keeping the surrounding environment as familiar as possible can have a calming effect on the person you're caring for. When choosing a bed for someone with dementia, it's vital to keep this in mind - you want something that feels like it's part of the home and not something that adds to the long list of changes you have little control over.
At Opera, we offer beds that are not only suited for people who are suffering from dementia but also with features to help family members who are caring for them.
Our Opera Solo Profiling Bed is a great option and includes features such as:
A lowering feature – can lower all the way down to the floor to 11 cm. This eliminates any injuries from falling off the bed during the night. With this feature, there's no need for railings on the bed; railings may make people feel restricted or trapped in the bed.
A raising feature – can raise up to 73.5 cm (nurses height), which makes caring for your loved one much easier and comfortable for everyone. On top of this, the bed is designed to allow unrestricted hoist access.
Adjustable comfort – Anti- Trendelenburg Tilting and Auto-Regression Profiling provide full support and comfort throughout the night. The integrated length extension allows the bed to extend for taller users.
Stylish design – available in two colour options, the simple-yet-stylish design helps your surroundings feel more like home and less like a hospital. Keeping things as familiar as possible is important when it comes to living with dementia.
Lockable handset – Designed to add additional safety, the handset has a lockable feature which restricts the features of the bed. This helps prevent any injuries for the user and gives peace of mind to care givers.
There are a variety of different treatments of care to suit different people at different stages of dementia.
It's so important to make sure you’re finding the best and most suitable treatment for your family member. If you choose for them to live at home, a hospital bed is a great way to keep them comfortable, safe and make it easier for you to care for them.
If you would like more advise on caring with someone with dementia, please contact a member of our team. We’re always happy to help and have over fifteen years’ of experience.
Find out how Opera could help you with your bed needs.
Contact us, or speak to our experts advisors on 0333 222 8584