If you or someone you care for has Parkinson’s disease and has difficulty getting in and out of bed, there is a variety of gear available to assist you and your caregiver.
Satin linens might assist you in turning over in bed. You may purchase custom-made or off-the-shelf satin sheets. Some folks prefer a satin strip across the center of the bed where their hips would lie.
If you’re using silky sheets or panels, there needs to be enough friction at the end or edges of the bed so you can get some hold.
Wearing satin pajamas may assist, but avoid wearing both satin sheets and satin pajamas together. They might increase the likelihood of getting out of bed too fast.
You can use these rails to alter your position in bed, help yourself out of bed, and lower yourself into bed.
To use bedside grab rails, you will require considerable upper body strength. An occupational therapist or physiotherapist can teach you how to use them correctly.
Bed raisers elevate the bed a few inches, making it simpler to get in and out. It is critical that it does not raise the bed too high, since this may make it difficult for you to pull your legs onto the bed or securely get out of bed.
Bed raisers come in different heights, usually between 3 and 6 inches, and are made of materials like wood, plastic, and metal to match the bed legs.
Your bed raisers should be sturdy and firmly supported. Also, make sure that your bed’s legs are deep inside the bed raisers and not merely resting on top of them, where they may fall off.
A mattress raiser may assist you in getting out of bed by lifting you up into a sitting posture. There are many kinds of mattress raisers:
- Mechanically, you can set them to a certain height, although there is limited movement.
- Raising and lowering electric beds is a breeze with a handheld remote.
- Pneumatic: These raise and lower the mattress by inflating a pillow-like device underneath it with air. You can also program them to inflate on just one side while rotating you.
Electric Profiling Or Hospital Beds
A hospital bed or an electric profiling bed may assist you in sitting up and may help with dizziness and ankle edema.
- Side rails may be present on adjustable hospital beds.
- Mobile beds have casters or wheels.
- Electric profiling beds look and feel like conventional beds.
- Some electric profiling beds partition the mattress so that each person may arrange it to their liking.
For comfort and security while raising the mattress, make sure no cables, lines, or bedding get entangled.
A hoist may help you go from your bed to a wheelchair or from your bed to a commode. Social services usually recommend or provide a hoist.
There are various varieties available. Talk to an occupational therapist to find out if this equipment will work for you.
Someone may drape trapezes and ropes above the bed. These assist people in transitioning from lying to sitting.
Most Parkinson’s sufferers do not have the upper body strength to use these devices. An occupational therapist can inform you whether this device is appropriate for you.
Avacare Medical has a variety of bed aids that may improve your life and wellness, so get ahead of discomfort and problems at night. Check out the products they have that work to make life easier and simpler for people with Parkinson’s disease.