For a disabled person, it used to be very difficult to get into and out of bed and manage other things in the bedroom. Thankfully, there are some innovative UK companies and international ones too that provide a wide range of useful products that help people with various disabilities take care of themselves in the bedroom without needing daily assistance.
Here’s a look at a handful of the better types of products that you might find useful in making your bedroom a happy place.
Memory Foam Pressure Relief Pillows
Pillows used to be the feather fill type that caused allergic reactions for some people. You’d sink down into them quickly and find the lack of head and neck support to cause problems the next morning. Early foam pillows tried to address this, and latex ones too, but the foam got hot and latex sometimes had a smell and a springy feel that was hard to get used to.
Thankfully, NASA invented memory foam and several iterations later, the latest versions of memory foam pillows offer essential pressure relief to the head and neck, especially for people who have problems with these areas. Some pillows are a regular rectangular shape whereas others are designed with a curved inverted “S” shape to mimic the body’s own design to provide better support. The pressure relief comes from responsive memory foam that absorbs heat and adjusts its loft level depending on pressure or weight levels. Move your head and the pillow quickly adjusts its shape to match.
Sheets That Stop You Tossing & Turning All Night
Not all bed sheets are built the same. Some are just scratchy or uncomfortable in other ways. When it comes to cotton bedding sets, we want something that doesn’t contain dye colouring that will cause irritation. Some cotton includes bamboo fibre, which is known to be hypoallergenic and breathes better than cotton alone.
It’s not necessary to obsess about the thread count for cotton sheets. As long as they’re thick enough to be comfortable under your body so you won’t feel the mattress springs, that’s good enough. You don’t want them so thick that they create a hot spot that you cannot feel comfortable lying on top of, especially if due to your disability you have to stay in one spot on the mattress through the night.
Turning the Lights On/Off Without Reaching for the Switch
If you’re in a wheelchair or you find getting around to be difficult, then you’ll want the switch to be accessible. There are ways around the problem though with the latest smart home apps and smart lighting products from Phillips. Their Philips Hue range is particularly good with LED colour selection, light strips, and accessible via Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. Now you don’t even have to get up to turn the lights out.
The latest developments in technology and better access to disabled-friendly designs makes it just a little bit easier to make your home a pleasant rather than a frustrating place to be. Take advantage of the more affordable solutions to do the heavy lifting for you.