Before you Buy bed equipment, consider the advice below:
- Bed height: your bed should be high enough to stand easily from the bed and low enough to get legs on and off the bed.
- A soft mattress may be comfortable but will make moving in the bed more difficult.
- Hand blocks are designed to help you move in bed. They have an easy grip handle to reduce strain on joints in hand and wrist and a flat base to spread weight when pushing on a soft surface.
- The bed ladder is fixed to the end of the bed and you can use it to pull up into a seated position if you have upper body strength.
- Bed grab rails fit under the mattress or are clamped to the side of the bed, just below pillow level, to provide a firm rail to hold when getting in or out of bed and to assist when rolling in bed.
- Lifting poles have a base platform that fits under your bed and a rail and hand loop that hangs over the pillow end of the bed. The user pulls up on the rail to lift your upper body for repositioning.
- A mattress elevator or pillow lift is a powered device to sit you up in bed. The elevator fits under the mattress and the pillow lift on top of the mattress. Both are mains powered and cost about £300.
- The leg lifter strap is a rigid canvas hand held loop to help lift your legs into bed. You need good balance and upper body strength to use. There is also a range of powered leg lifters that fix to the side of the bed with prices from £500.
- Slide sheets can be used to assist with transfers in to bed and to make turning in bed easier.
- Bed safety rails may help to prevent falls from bed. A lower bed or a bed alarm may also be effective.
- Profiling beds: read the ‘Before You Buy’ a Profiling Bed guide.
For impartial advice from an Occupational Therapist and information about equipment for independence, suppliers and prices contact: The Independent Living Centre 01392 380181
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