About Rest & Comfort
Making your home comfortable is important in caregiving. When our home is comfortable, it provides a safe and welcoming environment for both the caregiver and the care recipient. Caregivers provide that rest and comfort for their loved ones by taking the time to understand their individual needs and providing tailored care. This leads to feeling more relaxed and comfortable, and a sense of overall joy – which can improve overall health and wellbeing.
Caregivers provide rest and comfort for care recipients in a variety of ways:
- Physical comfort through activities such as massage, warm baths, and gentle touch.
- Emotional comfort through conversation, listening, and empathy.
- Rest through activities such as reading, playing music, or engaging in a calming activity.
- Safe, comfortable environment by adjusting lighting and temperature, providing comfortable bedding, and providing a quiet space for rest.
- Peace and tranquility through use of aromatherapy, essential oils, or other calming scents.
In summary, providing rest for care recipients is an important part of the caregiving role. To create a comfortable environment, consider these items:
- Includes beds, mattresses, sheets, blankets, and pillows to provide a comfortable resting environment.
- Ideal for those recovering from an illness or injury who need extra support and assistance finding comfortable rest positioning.
- Mattresses and overlays distribute body weight evenly, reducing pressure and promoting air circulation for enhanced comfort.
- Pillows minimize pressure on the neck and spine and provide optimum comfort.
- Includes comfort pads and wraps to support pain relief.
- Ideal for those suffering from lower back pain, stomach cramps, leg, arm or shoulder aches and pains.
- Relieves aches and pains by providing moist heat to muscles.
- Includes handheld reachers and dressing aids to support mobility and activities of daily living.
- Ideal for those with low or limited mobility.
- Minimizes bending by making it easy to reach items dropped, on high shelves, or otherwise out-of-reach
- Increases independence in donning shoes by guiding heels into footwear (shoehorn), or holding socks in place (sock aid).
Seat Cushions - Includes ring, foam, and swivel cushions to support seating comfort.
- Ideal for those with pain or pressure during seated positions.
- Relieves pressure while seated as well as helps in the prevention of pressure sores.
- Includes sleep masks, tablets, supplements, and sound machines to improve sleep.
- Ideal for those who struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep.
- Helps restore sleep disrupted by circadian dysrhythmia.
- Reduces light and blocks distracting noises to improve sleep.
- Includes trays to support mobility and balance.
- Ideal for those with limited mobility or balance issues, or prefer to eat or drink while in bed or in a chair.
- Helps reduce the risk of falls and other accidents by providing a safe and stable surface to eat and work on.
How to Choose:
What factors affect your sleep?
Some of the most common include noise, light, temperature, and humidity. If any of these factors are not ideal, it can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep.
- Noise: If noise is a problem, try using a white noise machine or earplugs to help block it out.
- Light: If there is too much light in the bedroom, it can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. To help reduce light exposure, try using blackout curtains or an eye mask.
- Temperature: The body temperature naturally drops at night, which helps signal to the body that it is time to sleep. However, if the bedroom is too hot or too cold, it can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Help create a comfortable sleeping environment by keeping the bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
What is comfort and rest?
When we think of rest and comfort, we often think of taking a break from our work or responsibilities. This can mean taking a nap, reading a book, taking a leisurely walk, or anything else that helps us relax and rejuvenate. While these activities are definitely important, rest and comfort can also be found in our daily lives. It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths, enjoying a cup of tea, or savoring a quiet moment.
In our fast-paced lives, it’s important to take a step back and find ways to relax and recharge. By taking a little time for ourselves, we can reduce stress, boost our energy levels, and improve our overall well-being.
What to do if I can’t get to sleep?
A few things that may help you fall asleep are:
- Relaxing your body and clearing your mind by focusing on your breath. Try taking a deep breath through your nose for a count of 4, holding your breath for a count of 4, and exhaling for a count of 8. Be sure to count your breaths as this will promote deeper relaxation.
- Reading or listening to calm music.
- Journaling any thoughts that are making your mind wander.
- Be sure you’re in a cool, dark, quiet sleep environment.
If counting sheep seems like a daunting task for a restful night, try changing out your pillow or bedding. Fighting a chill? Opt for a heating pad or comfort wrap to provide extra warmth and comfort. From sleep masks and sleep aids to pajamas and slippers, we offer solutions to help you to find your rest “sweet spot.”
What factors promote and impede comfort and sleep?
There are many factors that can promote or impede comfort and sleep. Some of the more common ones include:
- Sleep environment: The environment in which you sleep can have a big impact on how comfortable and how well you sleep. A dark, quiet, and cool room is generally best for sleep.
- Comfort: Obviously, comfort is a key factor in promoting sleep. A comfortable bed and pillow are essential for a good night's sleep.
- Stress: Stress can be a major impediment to sleep. If you're feeling stressed, it can be hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant and can therefore make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Alcohol: Although alcohol can make you feel drowsy, it actually disrupts sleep and can make it difficult to get a good night's rest.
How can I make sure my bed bound loved one is comfortable?
When we are comfortable, we are able to get the rest we need to help our bodies heal and recover. So to make sure your bed bound loved one is comfortable, consider these ideas:
- Bed height: Make sure the bed is at the correct height. The bed should be high enough so that your loved one can sit up easily, but low enough so that they can get in and out of bed without difficulty (for those who are still mobile enough to transfer out of the bed for short periods of time).
- Pillow support: Use pillows to support your loved one's back and head. Make sure the pillows are soft and comfortable, and that they do not put any pressure on your loved one's neck or head.
- Bedding: Make sure the bedding is clean and soft. Use sheets and blankets that are made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen. Avoid using synthetic materials such as polyester, which can make your loved one sweat.
- Room temperature: Keep the room temperature comfortable. Make sure the room is not too hot or too cold, and that there is enough ventilation.
Do pillows make a difference in sleep?
Pillows can make a difference in sleep by providing support for the head and neck, alleviating pressure points, and helping to keep the spine in alignment. A good pillow can also help to reduce tossing and turning during the night, providing more restful sleep.
What are the benefits to a reclining chair?
A recliner is a comfortable chair which can be adjusted to various positions, including a fully reclined position. The benefits of a recliner include improved circulation, reduced back pain, and relaxation of muscles. Additionally, recliners can be helpful for those suffering from arthritis or other conditions which cause pain or discomfort in the joints.
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