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Profiling Beds

Before you buy an electric Profiling(Adjustable) Bed consider the following points;

Do you want abed that profiles (adjusts) to provide a more comfortable sleeping position, to help you get in/out of bed, to enable you to elevate an area of the bed to reduce or prevent swelling, or enable you to sit up in bed to read, eat meals etc. If you are hoping to provide a more comfortable sleeping position then be aware that a profiling bed is only likely to help if you normally sleep on your back. If you cannot get in/out of bed independently it may be possible to get equipment fitted to your existing bed to help you. This could be purchased privately or may be available on loan from your local Community Services Dept. following assessment.

Top Tip

A profiling bed tends to push you down the bed a little when you sit up.

Prices for profiling (adjustable) beds vary greatly so make sure that you shop around to get value for money.

Some beds have additional features such as heat pads or massage mechanisms. These increase the cost of the bed and are only worthwhile if you want those features.

Top Tip

Beware of descriptions such as 'orthopaedic mattress' as this often means little more than a particularly film mattress.

Make sure that you have tried out the bed and lain on it for as long as possible - what feels comfortable for 2 minutes may well feel uncomfortable after 20 minutes.

Beware of descriptions such as 'orthopaedic mattress' as this often means little more than particularly firm mattress. A very firm mattress is not necessarily more comfortable especially if you are quite light.

Profiling beds come in a range of sizes, styles, and configurations - so make sure that you get the type that best suits your needs. The bed can be static or on wheels; it can be raised off the ground on legs or on a divan type base that goes very close to the floor (if a mobile hoist is likely to be used then you will need at least 4 inches clearance under the bed and the moving mechanisms to allow the hoist to be positioned and moved).

Top Tip

Make sure that you can reach the controls even in the dark, and that you can operate them effectively.

If you are likely to need significant amounts of care and attention provided by a carer then it is advisable to get a height adjustable feature in addition to the basic profiling mechanism. This will allow the bed height to be raised temporarily while care is being provided to prevent back strain.

A profiling bed tends to push you down the bed a little when you sit up and it may, therefore, be advisable to get a bed long enough to allow for this.

Beds can be bought in a range of sizes - single, double, king size, etc. If you share a bed, then it is also possible to get 2 single beds attached to form one bed with 2 mattresses side by side. This allows you to have either both mattresses profiling independently so that you can each select the position you require, or to have one profiling mattress and one non-profiling mattress within the same bed frame.

Check that you are able to get in/out of the bed (life your legs on to the bed, etc.) because the profiling mechanism may not make this any easier.

Top Tip

Prices can start from around £800.

Make sure that you can reach the controls even in the dark, and that you can operate them effectively.

Make sure that an mattress you purchase or use on the bed is suitable for a profiling bed (foam mattresses are often preferable to an interior sprung mattress).

 

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