Outfitting a Sick Room
If you are helping to care for someone who’s recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery, there are things you can do to help make their space more comfortable and welcoming. A more pleasant living area can help keep the recovering person’s spirits up and may help their recovery process.The Bed
Making the bed as comfortable as possible is a prime concern. Adding lots of soft layers with pillow toppers, comforters, blankets, and sheets will provide a pleasant place to recuperate. A bed rest reading pillow for sitting up and reading or watching TV is a good idea as well.
Create a pleasant atmosphere in the room by using scent and sight. During the day, the room should have as much light as possible. Shades that filter light rather than block it are ideal for this. Pair them with curtain panels that can be drawn in the evening to block sleep-disrupting light.
If you have space, make a nice sitting area for visitors. This can also be a spot that your loved one can use to get a change of scenery if they’re able to get out of bed. A table with a lamp for reading and maybe a vase of flowers will cheer up the space.
Room and pillow sprays in the person’s favorite scents can help the room feel fresher. Consider a citrus-based fragrance to perk up the area in the daytime, and a lavender-based spray in the evening to promote restful sleep.