Children with medical needs require special care and treatment both in the hospital, and in the home. Designer Gina Rodriguez recently opened up to the Seattle Times with some tips on how to properly furnish a room with the medical needs of a young child in mind.
First, off Rodriguez recommends positioning the bed near a window so the child can see the outdoors when stuck in bed, and “keep favorite toys, books, games and music available and close by.” Keep medical supplies, however, out of the child’s reach. Also, things such as light switches, door handles, and shelves should be kept low to accommodate the child’s height.
A hideaway bed rail can be a useful item for children who have trouble getting in and out of bed. Hideaway bed rails feature a folding rail that “slides beneath the mattress when you don’t need it.”
Also, be considerate of wheelchair needs. A wheelchair requires a five-foot turnaround, non-slip flooring, a clear path to the bedroom and plenty of clear room under tables and desks.
Do you know of any other tips parents should keep in mind when furnishing a room for a child with medical needs? Leave a comment and let us know how to properly furnish a space to keep an ill child as comfortable as possible.
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