Before you buy a double profiling bed, consider the points listed below:
- A powered profiling bed can change your position in the bed, for comfort, support or transfers.
- Always lift the knee section before raising pillow end of the bed to prevent sliding down the bed; sliding down the bed could lead to pressure on buttocks and heels.
- Check you can reach your bedside table from the position in bed.
- Ensure you can manage the controls and that you will be able to reach the controls and find it in the dark.
- Consider which mattress will be comfortable and discuss this with a healthcare professional if appropriate. If the healthcare professional is supplying a mattress check that this is compatible with the bed.
- Double profiling beds can have one full width profiling mattress base, 2 x independently profiling mattress bases, or one side profiling and one static. If sleeping with a partner in a bed with one side profiling, consider risk of entrapment.
- If requiring a bed with 2 profiling sides, consider whether each side will be wide enough for comfort.
- Double profiling beds have mattress base widths from 4ft to 6ft. The overall width of a double profiling bed will be wider than a standard double due to framework required. Check the overall width of the bed can fit in the room. Check if standard sheets will fit.
- Consider whether height adjustment is needed – this may help with transfers or with care on the bed. Some double beds have the option of only one side being height adjustable. Consider entrapment risks.
- If using equipment such as hoists, check there is clearance under the bed and enough access around the bed.
- If you need to move the bed, check if it has lockable wheels.
- Ask ILC for a list of local suppliers and when choosing a local supplier, ask if they can also maintain the bed.
- If buying from an advert please contact trading standards or refer to ILC guidelines ‘Before you Buy from an advertisement’.
Prices start from around £3500