Adjustable beds are becoming increasingly popular with people of all ages. Not only can they help people suffering from lower back pain, arthritis, heartburn, acid reflux and other conditions but they can also offer you the opportunity to watch TV and read at a comfortable level whilst your partner sleeps soundly next to you.
Get Better Sleep With An Adjustable Bed
An adjustable bed can make a big difference to your life so it’s vital that you take your time choosing the right one for you. If this seems like a big decision to make then don’t forget you can ask your loved ones, your occupational therapist or nurse to help. Not all adjustable beds are the same though, so here we explain some differences.
Single or Double?
Like standard beds, adjustable beds come in a range of sizes from small singles at 2ft3, up to super king size 6ft models. All double beds come in two sections allowing each person to sleep in their preferred position.
If you just want to be able to sit up in bed to eat, read or watch television, then a lifestyle bed is the best option. Only the pillow end raises, so it has a single motor and is the cheapest adjustable bed option.
Profiling beds are similar to modern hospital beds and allow you to raise both the head and foot end of the bed to varying levels – they often called orthopedic beds. These are the best option if you suffer from medical conditionals or chronic pain. They are adjusted by electric motor with a remote control, so you can adjust the bed yourself while in it.
There are several types of profiling beds: two-part, three-part, four-part and five-part. Each part refers to the number of moving sections. Two-parts are lifestyle beds, only the head raises. Three-parts allow you to alter the position of the back and the feet, with a seperate part that supports from the knee downwards. Four-parts are similar to three-part beds, but have an extra permanent flat section which makes getting into and out of the bed easier when it is already in a fixed position.
Height Adjustable Beds
You can also get height adjustable beds, which are used for carers to raise the patient into a higher position to help them clean, dress and provide care.
Rotating beds are three-part beds that can be raised, rotated and tilted to help people with more severe mobility issues to get into and out of bed. In this respect they are similar to lift chairs.
Luxury Adjustable Beds
Some beds come with built in massage’s to provide the ultimate in therapeutic comfort. They are a good choice for people who suffer from arthritis and chronic pain.
Before You Buy
Before buying a bed, ask yourself some of these questions:
- Which features do you want your adjustable bed to have? Do you want it to contour to your body? Do you want an orthopaedic mattress?
- Do you have a friend who has an adjustable bed you like? If so, ask them where they got it from. Don’t be afraid to ask them if there is anything they would change about their bed to make it even better.
- What’s your budget? Adjustable beds are generally more expensive than standard beds because they offer you so much more.
- How much space do you have available? Make sure you’ve measured up so you don’t choose a bed that’s too big.
- Can you try it before you buy? Is it comfortable?
- Are you buying from a trusted, established company?
- What colours/sizes do you like? Most of beds come in a range of different colours and sizes.
- Read customer reviews of the beds you like. Are they positive?
- What will your requirements be in 5, 10, 15 years’ time? You want your adjustable bed to be long-lasting so it pays to get one that will meet your needs in the future.
- What warranty does the bed you want come with? For example, all CareCo beds come with a 12 month warranty as standard, but some luxury ranges have as much as 5 year warranty.
We hope this blog has given you plenty of food for thought. For more information on adjustable beds read the guide to adjustable beds on Disabled Living Foundation