6 Products to Make Your Prescribed Bedrest More Comfortable

by Medical XPress

Pregnant woman reading in bedBeing prescribed to bedrest might seem like a dream to someone who’s never had to endure it before. Spending all day in bed, having food brought to you, and binging your favorite Netflix show would be the perfect weekend to some. But when you’re confined to a bed for weeks at a time, the situation become much less appealing. Whether you’ve been prescribed bedrest for your pregnancy or another medical condition, here are a few products you should pick up to help make your time in bed as comfortable as possible.

Over-Bed Table

If you’re going to be in bed for several weeks, you’ll need a comfortable way of eating, using your laptop, and doing time-killing activities like puzzles or crafts. While a lap desk is one option, these aren’t quite as stable or convenient as an over-bed table. You’ll frequently see these tables in hospital; they’re designed to be positioned over the bed and in front of the patient, so the person can take meals in bed.

Having this kind of table is going to be much more convenient than a simple lap desk. It’s more even and stable so you don’t have to worry about plates or cups tipping, and you don’t have to try to find a comfortable position with it sitting on your lap. And when you need to get up to go to the restroom, an over-bed table can easily be pushed aside, rather than trying to reposition a lap desk full of food and drink or other items.

Walkie-Talkies or Baby Monitor

When you’re stuck in bed, you’re going to need someone helping you with your daily needs, such as bringing you food and drinks on a regular basis. While ringing a little bell does have a certain old-timey appeal, walkie-talkies or a two-way baby monitor are much more effective at communicating with whoever is around to help you. You can quickly tell them what you need and they can bring it to you, saving them a trip of coming to see why you’re ringing the bell. Plus, they can check in on you periodically if they want to.

Organizer Caddy

When you’re in bed all day, you tend to accumulate a lot of things around you: puzzle books, remote controls, your cellphone, notebooks, and so on. This can make your bed and nightstand quite cluttered after a few days. Give the chaos a little organization by purchasing an organizational caddy for your nightstand or bedside table. This can be used to hold remotes and other items so that they’re still in easy reach without causing clutter. Plus, you won’t have to worry about losing your phone in the blankets again.

Wedge Pillow

Sitting in bed for long periods of time can get uncomfortable. You might find yourself with kinks in your neck or back, and it can get hard to find a comfortable position. Look into purchasing a wedge pillow. These uniquely shaped pillows can be used in a number of different ways. Use the angled wedge to prop up your legs. Slide it under your back (even under other pillows) to help you achieve a more comfortable upright position in bed. This simple investment can greatly improve your comfort when spending extended periods of time in bed.

Reading Materials

Try not spend your entire bedrest staring at a screen. Shake it up a little and keep some reading materials close by. Have a family member pick up a few books from the library for you, or order some online. Get a few of your favorite magazines or start getting the daily paper, if you’re not already. Bedrest can be a great time to catch up on your reading list, so take advantage of the time as best you can.

Playing Cards

A deck of playing cards can go a long way towards helping you kill time during bedrest. If you’re alone, you can play a game of solitaire. If your kids are around, let them come sit with you and play a game of Go Fish together. Or, call up a friend to come play another card game with. (This is also a situation where an over-bed table will be incredibly useful, as playing cards tend to slid off an angled lap desk.)

Bedrest is an important part of your physical health—just as important as any medication a doctor might prescribe to you. It’s important that you remain in bed for as long as your doctor recommends, and make the time as enjoyable as possible for yourself. If you’re looking for over-bed tables, wedge pillows, or other medical devices to improve the quality of your bedrest, stop by one of our Texas locations today.