Advice on Adjustable Beds

An ICON-Low adjustable bed

Adjustable beds are sometimes colloquially termed as ‘hospital beds’ & whilst they are used in Hospital (Acute) environments they can also assist with care needs at home as well.

Before choosing an adjustable bed it is sometimes best to speak to a care professional, for example an Occupational Therapist. Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages with varying physical and mental capacities and they can be found through the College of Occupational Therapists in the UK here:

College of Occupational Therapy logo


Functions and features are something to consider on an adjustable bed, features such as tilt & anti-tilt (Trendelenburg & Anti-Trendelenburg) are useful for medical reasons and for personal reasons such as being able to watch TV or speak to visitors in a comfortable position.

Another feature that may be of use is the ability to adjust the height of the bed to prevent injury from falls or to enable a safe working height for carers to carry out care procedures.

It is also worth considering what features may not be of use now but could be in the future so as to mitigate against any future expensive replacements such as castor wheels to be able to move the bed easily around the room/house.

A rotational chair adjustable bed


As with any purchase of significant value it is best to try out the options available, places such as mobility stores and some manufacturers have showrooms – like the Nexus DMS Worcestershire based showroom – where you can sample many of the beds and speak to a friendly and knowledgeable advisor to find the one that best fits your needs or the needs of the person you are purchasing for.

Mattresses are also something to consider when buying an adjustable bed – they usually come in a variety of pressure relief grades from low to very high dependent on how likely the person using the mattress is to get pressure ulcers (bed sores).

Mattress sizes are not standard among suppliers so it is best to check the dimensions of the mattress against the lying surface space on the bed to guarantee compatibility between bed and mattress.

A mattress on an adjustable bed


You can buy adjustable beds and mattresses to suit from a variety of places including high street furniture stores or specialist manufacturers such as Nexus DMS, who usually have a wider selection to suit almost any need and more specialist options specifically designed for nursing/home care.

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