Choosing a Bed

choosing a bedAt Home Buddy, it is our goal to keep seniors in their home and independent for as long as possible and we offer several medical alert buttons and medication dispensers to do that. But we know that those aren’t the only changes that need to be made in order to accomadate the aging body. Choosing a bed – a good bed – can go a long way for alleviating aches and pains.

It is a well-known fact that an individual’s body will deteriorate as he or she gets older. Unfortunate and not always easy to talk about, but we know it happens. The stresses and strains of life eventually catch up with everyone and wear and tear takes its toll. Therefore, it is important to get the balance of comfort and support right when you embark on and travel through life as a senior. Your furniture, from your favorite armchair to your bed, must match your needs and requirements in order for you to feel the benefits. Your bed is the most crucial piece of furniture you own as far as support is concerned simply because you spend more time in or on it than you do any other piece of furniture in your house. You should bear in mind that your body relaxes into your bed and you have very little control of it when you are asleep. If it does not support you correctly, then it can actually leave you with more aches and pains than you had to begin with.

The bed is made up of two components – the mattress and the base. In order to provide you with the support your body needs, the two must work in complete harmony. Believe it or not, this effect is more difficult to achieve than it sounds. If the base is supportive, the mattress may be too soft. If the mattress is of just the right firmness then it is likely that your base will let it down by not supporting it enough to distribute your weight effectively. These are all factors to keep in mind when you are assessing whether your bed is actually good enough to cater for all of your needs.

The most common ailments that a bed has to contend with are arthritis and bad backs. Both are caused by the strain put on the joints over an extended period of time. Both can also be extremely painful but the right bed can alleviate the pain because it effectively distributes your weight evenly, thus meaning that your body is not experiencing more weight in certain places than others. Too often your back will take the brunt of any uneven weight distribution, and this can result in a worsening of your condition. Anyone who has ever experienced back pain will know what it is like to wake up in more pain than you had the previous night and will also advise you to avoid it at any cost!

If you have ever been bed shopping then I am sure that you will know that you can buy any type of mattress under the sun as far as firmness is concerned. However, a mattress that is too firm will leave your uncomfortable, even if it does help to ease the strain on joints. A mattress that is too soft, on the other hand, will make you extremely comfortable but will leave you feeling like a truck has hit you in your sleep. This type of mattress can also do more harm than good and so are best avoided. You must purchase a mattress that is perfectly placed in the middle of the firm/soft equation to feel the benefit. This way, you will be able to make the most of the comfort and support. As for knowing when to change it, as soon as you begin to experience a dip in the middle of the mattress or can feel a spring go when you move it is time to go bed shopping!

The base of a bed is of equal importance. However, it may be more difficult when it comes to choosing a base. At least most furniture stores display firmness scales when you visit, thus making it easier to choose a mattress. They have no such scale for bases. You are pretty much left to make your own choice for better or worse. However, seniors should generally choose a divan bed – the kind of bed that has no frame and just looks like two boxes pushed together. Metal and wooden frames can bend and break. They also have no middle and so do not allow for even weight distribution. Divan beds fully support the weight of both you and the mattress, thus easing aches and pains in the long term.

Now you are fully equipped to choose the best bed for you. Remember, always go for both support and comfort.

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