Adjustable beds are taking on a significant role in the lives of many people nowadays, particularly to those with frail bodies or are afflicted by infirmities. Getting yourself in and out of bed, in the most independent way you can, tells us that we still have a great amount of control over our daily routine, from getting access to our food or drink, toileting, or just the ability to act in a snap in the event of discomfort or emergency.
Of equal importance to moving out of bed is the freedom to move your body or reposition yourself within your bed for comfort. An ordinary bed will not let you do this but an adjustable type of bed will. Hence, choosing the correct bed is very important if you already have special needs. This type of bed can help enhance your level of independence and comfort, most especially if you are physically challenged.
What is an Adjustable Bed?
This type of bed is known by many other names. Some would refer to them as a hospital bed, profiling bed, or a care-bed. Some are equipped with a mechanism that will allow the user to position the bed in such a way that it could be adjusted while in use.
If it comes with an electric handset, it can enable the user to make simple changes to the bed such as altering the bed height, lowering the backrest, or tweaking the leg positions. Caregivers can make their own adjustments to it too to further enhance their own comfort.
How Do These Types of Beds Help?
Adjustable types of beds come in 2-part to 4-part models. Each one of those offers several functionalities that help the user adjust the bed according to his specific needs.
A bed’s adjustable height functionality will allow the user or the carer to lower or raise the bed to their preferred height. For the carer, this type of functionality will allow him to carry out a task at hand, easily and seamlessly. The height of the bed can be adjusted so that it will match, in terms of height, and equipment being used, such as a wheelchair.
Lowering the bed is most helpful when you need to further shuffle back onto the bed, or when you need to do a leg-lift maneuver. By lowering the bed, you also minimize the risk of injury in case there occurs an accidental fall from the bed. When the height of the bed can be adjusted, it can help facilitate independent transfers. Or it also allows another person to assist more easily and safely.
If the user needs to sit upright in the bed, the adjustable backrest feature will allow this at the touch of a button. While in a seated position, he can watch his favorite TV show or just simply relax and read a book or magazine, or prepare himself to get ready to get out of the bed.
The upright position while at the bed will encourage improved digestion and lung function. It will also minimize the risk of certain medical problems brought about by prolonged lying down on the bed.
As for the adjustable leg rests, as the name of the functionality feature suggests, it lets you raise your knees or feet, independently. When you raise your knee section, you are creating a ‘knee brake’ while on the bed. This will help prevent slipping down on the bed, particularly when you elevate the backrest. The practice of elevating the feet from time to time is advantageous to the human body’s overall health.
While the vast majority of adjustable type of beds come with an integrated side rail feature, they, however, bring along certain levels of risks. They, sometimes, become an obstacle and may keep the user from being able to get in and out of the bed as they choose.
You have the freedom to add or install other accessories to your adjustable bed, just as long as it is compatible with the bed itself and it will not get in the way of the user’s safety and well-being.