Convert a First Floor Room to a Bedroom

At some point, climbing the stairs to the bedroom on the seconBed pretty FINAL Esz  918d floor will become too difficult for your loved one. And using the stairs increases fall risk, especially in the mid to later stages. If you want to help the person  continue to live at home, consider converting a den, living room,  or and even a dining room into a bedroom. Choose a room that’s not drafty and close to where the action is so the person doesn’t become isolated and can be easily checked on. When moving the person, use the same furniture, if possible, and arrange the room similarly to the person’s previous bedroom. The person may become disoriented and upset by the change so consider sleeping nearby for the first few nights (on a cot or other sleeping option) to help orient the person when waking up in the middle of the night.

Depending on your situation, you may need to enlarge a half bath into full bath with a walk-in wheel-in shower.  A wheelchair-friendly bathroom makes taking care of a person’s hygiene needs so much easier. But if it’s not feasible to remodel, here are a couple of ideas to consider, depending on your situation:

  • Get a bedside commode with removable side arms if the person is sliding onto it from the bed or wheelchair.
  • Learn how to give a bed bath.

It’s not easy making these changes. But in the long run, you may be able to keep the person living safer, and more comfortably, at home. That’s a goal worth working towards.

I'm an interior designer, gerontologist, author, blogger, and most importantly, a former caregiver to my mother, Arlene, who had Alzheimer's disease.
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4 Responses to Convert a First Floor Room to a Bedroom

  1. Florence says:

    You are “spot on” about the importance of where to place the bedroom. My Uncle moved in with us and is real sensitive to the cold! Even in the summertime, so we had to actually change his room once he moved in because we had him set up in the living room (where TV and social life is.) But the drafts from the windows/and air conditioning were really bothersome. We now have him in the “middle” room, where there are no drafts.

  2. Juan says:

    Rosemary, we are thinking of making a room for my Mother in our home, and I like your idea about replicating her bedroom. I just told my wife and she agrees. We will paint it the same colors, put the same curtains up and bring her furniture, too. We were originally thinking of making it all new but that just might confuse her. Thank you for the tips!

  3. Stella says:

    I am worried about Mom’s hygiene. You mentioned bed bath? How is this done?

    • Rosemary says:

      Hi Stella,

      There are many different ways to give a bed bath. On our website, there is a write up on how to give a bed bath using one particular method. Take a look and see if this method would work in your situation. If not, try an internet search using the terms “bed bath dementia” and you will get more resources.

      Hope this is helpful,
      Rosemary

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