How do I choose the right profiling bed?

When scoping the market for adjustable beds, there is an obvious differentiation in price when looking at various brands. Some beds have more features, some beds offer more adjustable positions, whilst others can be adjusted differently for two people. It can be a very overwhelming and stressful time when it comes to making sure that you select the right bed and also not pay over the odds for it, or more worryingly is it going to treat your condition in the best way possible compared to the plethora of options out there ? This blog will help you understand if an adjustable bed is right for you.

When is a reclined position beneficial?

The Global Burden of Disease Study has named lower back pain as the leading cause of disability across the world (Marcin, 2020). It is stated that recliner positions relieve back pain; more specifically lower back pain (Warner, 2006). According to Spine Health, many people who suffer with back or neck pain find an inclined position much more comfortable than lying in a flat position
(Miller, 2016). It is also stated by Spine Health that post back surgery can benefit from a reclined position, by gaining a comfortable sleeping position it minimises back strain through better body positioning, and can help aid recovery (Verkuilen, 2006).

Aside from this, it is also stated that it can help with respiratory problems too. According to Kang et al 2016, body positioning can influence respiratory function and alter the ways in which the diaphragm is situated, thus aiding breathing. It is reported that a sitting position is one of the best positions to achieve this.

The use of a profiling bed can also increase mobility for users, designed specifically to increase independence, the adjustable features mean that they can assist with users mobilising and transferring out of bed, but also provides support with both personal care and with the carers positioning when providing care (Renay Healthcare, 2019).

What is your budget?

When looking at the market, it is clear to see that many profiling beds differ in price but appear to have similar features. If this is your first time buying a profiling bed, it can be very confusing to understand what the higher priced beds offer and how this differs from a less expensive product. Often, if a budget is set prior to looking at the options, it can rule out any items above that price bracket and narrow down a more concise list. 

What size profiling bed do you need?

Not only is there a standard sized profiling bed, but there are also beds for bariatric users (specifically designed for the bigger user). These beds will have a specific weight capacity and will have a larger lying platform. These beds often profile and adjust in the same ways as a normal profiling bed but are more equipped to be able to accommodate a bariatric user. Before looking at the range of beds, ensure you know what type of bed suits your body type and filter your search results accordingly.

Based on common sizing:

Single Bed sizes: - Length 200cm (78”) x Width 90cm (36”)

Bariatric Bed Sizes – Length 200 (78”) x Width 120cm (47”)

What features will benefit you from a profiling bed?

As detailed above, some people prefer to sleep in an upright, inclined position whilst others prefer a straight, lying position. This may also be influenced by any health conditions someone may have. The profiling bed market answers for a lot of a variation when it comes to bed features that may benefit someone. If there is difficulty getting in and out of bed, there are a number of options to choose from dependant on mobility. If someone has little to no mobility but wants to maintain some independence during the day, then a standard adjustable bed may well be the answer. This profiling bed will allow the leg section and the head rest to be adjusted to make a more comfortable position for everyday use. However, if transferring from a bed to a chair poses a problem in daily life, and some mobility still remains, then you may want to consider a bed that can manoeuvre from a bed position to a seated position to help with transfer. Much like the Apex Rota-pro® chair bed.

Please do not hesitate to contact our customer advisors if you would like more information on which bed may be the better for you. 

References

Kang et al. (2016). Effect of sitting posture on respiratory function while using a smartphone. Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 28 (5). 1496-1498. Journal Article. [13/01/20]. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4905897/

Marcin, A. (2020). The Best Sleeping Position For Lower Back Pain, Alignment Pain, and More. Healthline. Webpage. [12/01/21].  https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/best-sleeping-position-for-lower-back-pain

Miller, R. (2016). Using an Adjustable Bed for Back Pain. Spine-Health. Webpage. [13/01/21]. https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/sleep/using-adjustable-bed-back-pain

Renay Healthcare. (2019). The importance of profiling beds in care homes and hospitals. Webpage. [14/01/21]. https://www.renrayhealthcare.com/the-importance-of-profiling-beds-in-care-homes-and-hospitals-renray-healthcare

Verkuilen, P. (2006). Practical Advice for Recovering from Back Surgery. Spine-Health. Webpage.  [13/01/21]. https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/practical-advice-recovering-back-surgery

Warner, J. (2006). Sit Back, Its Better For Your Back. WebMD. Webpage. [12/01/21]. https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20061129/back-pain-eased-by-sitting-back

 

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