FAQs – Adjustable Beds

FAQs – Adjustable Beds

What is an adjustable bed?

An adjustable bed allows the base of the bed to be elevated at the head and foot of the bed.
As the base moves so does the mattress on top.

Is every bed marketed as ‘adjustable’ really ‘adjustable’?

Buyer beware! There are different ‘types’ of adjustable beds in the market place. Some of them have at best ‘limited’ adjustment’.

For example the bed may have a number of pre-set positions. A ‘fully’ adjustable bed allows you to vary the angle of both the head and foot motors to a position of comfort.

The head motor usually can rise to an angle of 90 degrees, with the foot motor able to rise to about 60 degrees. Any adjustable bed with ‘limited’ adjust-ability may not be suitable for anyone suffering from specific medical conditions or chronic pain.

What is a hi-low bed?

A hi-low bed is generally an adjustable bed with the added functionality of being able to alter the height of the bed.

A hi-low bed has a number of benefits.
Firstly, it may be of assistance for a person in getting in and out of bed as the bed can be lowered.
Secondly, the ability to alter the height of the bed makes personal care, physiotherapy and other allied health care to be more easily carried out.

The care giver is able to adjust the bed to suit their height and eliminate the potential for back strain.

What should you look for when buying an adjustable bed?

The key features of a good adjustable bed include the following:

·       ·        Good quality rust proof steel base - quality steel provides you with a strong base. Anti-rust is particularly important if living near the sea, and is a preventative measure to ensure longevity of the bed base.

·        Good quality, strong electric motors. Your bed works hard. It is vital that the motors are strong enough to carry your weight as well as durable enough to ensure many years of ongoing. usage

·        Easy to use hand control - the hand control should be simple to use. Some controls have a button to light up the remote, which can be useful at night.

·        Side and foot brackets to hold the mattress in place. As the bed base moves to flex the mattress, it is important to have a means of keeping the mattress in place on the bed base. Side and bed base brackets help hold the mattress in place as you get in and out of bed as well as adjusting the bed.

·     Bed legs should have castors. A well designed adjustable bed will have castors for ease of moving the bed around

·         Good clearance underneath the bed - this allows for ease of cleaning and air circulation

·       The capacity to add functionality as required. Many people use an adjustable bed for additional comfort. However, there are many people who simply cannot function without an adjustable bed for reasons of health or restricted mobility. A well designed bed will allow the addition of features such as an overhead grab bar, an easy out pole to help you get out of bed and in some cases side rails to provide extra protection. Whilst you can buy some products that will give you this added functionality, it is very difficult to add side rails to a bed.

·         Battery backup. In the event of a power failure battery backup can be a valuable optional extra

What is the best type of mattress for an adjustable bed?

An adjustable bed requires a spring mattress that is specifically made for an adjustable bed.

A pocket spring mattress is a popular choice. Any mattress without springs can be used including foam, latex or memory foam.

Is massage beneficial in an adjustable bed?

One of the great benefits of massage is improved circulation.

Massage can also assist with relaxing tired or tense muscles.

Most massage motors are designed to run for a set period of time (about 20 minutes) and then cut out. This is a safety feature and you can easily turn the massage back on.

Is a wireless remote adjustable bed better than a cord remote?

There is some debate over the benefits of a wireless remote. The corded remote (attached to the bed on a flexible cable) have consistently proven to be more reliable.

This may change in the future.

Are adjustable beds the same size as ordinary beds?

Adjustable beds are commonly available as single, double and queen sizes.

The key difference in an adjustable bed is that all are extra long - 203cm (80”) as compared to a regular single or double bed that are 187cm (74”) long.
Commonly referred to as a ‘Long Single’, the extra length is necessary to allow for the changing position of the mattress.

What is a dual adjustable bed?

A dual adjustable bed is where two separate adjustable bed bases are connected to give the same overall size as either a queen (two queen single bases), king (two single bases) or super king (two king single bases). A dual adjustable bed gives each person separate control of their base.

So, if you want to sit up and your partner wants to sleep in a different position this is possible.

Are there any other benefits in a dual adjustable bed?

Apart from being able to individually control the position of your mattress, a dual bed can be easily separated if required.

Sometimes owing to ill health, partner disturbance (excessive movement, snoring etc) a couple find it better to sleep either separately in the same room or even in different rooms.

The Evoflex Plus dual adjustable bed can be easily separated and wheeled to another location.

Is it a good idea to buy a double or queen adjustable bed for two people to sleep in?

Generally it is better to buy a dual bed as you both have independent control of the position you want to be in.

Another benefit of a dual bed is the option to choose different mattresses according to your own sense of comfort.

Slatted or solid bed base?

There is no definitive answer to the type of bed base that is best for an adjustable bed.

Evoflex beds are manufactured with a four piece timber base to provide support for the mattress and the person in the bed.

What is a Trendelenburg bed?

A Trendelenburg bed is able to elevate the body laid in supine position (or flat on the back) with the feet higher than the head by between 15 to 30 degrees.

The Anti-Trendelenburg position reverses the body with the head elevated 15 to 30 degrees higher than the feet.

Many care beds have the Trendelenburg and Anti-Trendelenburg functions. Whilst it is increasingly rare to use this function for medical purposes in a care environment, they do provide additional posture control and practicality. Trendelenburg also allows an individual to raise their legs, a particularly useful function if they have a condition that requires restricted blood flow to the feet.

Seven (7) Benefits of an adjustable bed

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

An adjustable bed allows you to easily change the angle of the head or foot of the bed by using an electronic remote. You can change your position at any time as required. This functionality has many benefits for people suffering from a range of medical conditions providing relief from pain and discomfort. Some of the many conditions that can be helped by the use of an adjustable bed include:

FAQs – Mattresses

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What is the best type of mattress for anyone with restricted mobility? Anyone with restricted mobility will benefit the most from a comfortable and supportive mattress. The zoned pocket spring mattress with a reinforced edge is best. The firmness provides the support required to assist you getting in and out of the bed as well as changing position once in the bed.

Pocket Spring Mattress Technology

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One of the more difficult things to find is a mattress that is both comfortable as well as supportive. Over time various types of mattresses have come in and out of vogue. We have travelled from ‘Grandma’s feather bed’ to contemporary modern technology producing Tempur or memory foam mattresses, with a number of different mattress styles in between. Spring mattresses have been around since the mid 1850s with the first coil spring construction for bedding introduced in 1865 and the first innerspring mattress being invented in 1871 by Heinrich Westphal. Innerspring mattresses were built to handle body mass, but not body pressure points, especially the shoulders and the hips. Most mattresses actually resist pressure points

FAQs – Adjustable Beds

By | March 9th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

What is an adjustable bed? Is every bed marketed as ‘adjustable’ really ‘adjustable’? What is a hi-low bed? What should you look for when buying an adjustable bed? What is the best type of mattress for an adjustable bed? Is massage beneficial in an adjustable bed? Is a wireless remote better than a cord remote? Are adjustable beds the same size as ordinary beds? Read this article to learn the answers to these questions...

Alternating Pressure Care Mattresses and the Waterlow Method

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

The Waterlow Method, developed by clinical nurse teacher Judy Waterlow in 1985 is one of several ways of assessing an individual’s risk of developing pressure injury. Pressure injuries most commonly occur on the bony prominences of the body such as the elbows, heels, hips and the lower back. Any person who is incapable of moving about every 20 minutes or so is at risk of developing pressure injuries.

Seven (7) Benefits of an adjustable bed

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

An adjustable bed allows you to easily change the angle of the head or foot of the bed by using an electronic remote. You can change your position at any time as required. This functionality has many benefits for people suffering from a range of medical conditions providing relief from pain and discomfort. Some of the many conditions that can be helped by the use of an adjustable bed include:

FAQs – Mattresses

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

What is the best type of mattress for anyone with restricted mobility? Anyone with restricted mobility will benefit the most from a comfortable and supportive mattress. The zoned pocket spring mattress with a reinforced edge is best. The firmness provides the support required to assist you getting in and out of the bed as well as changing position once in the bed.

Pocket Spring Mattress Technology

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

One of the more difficult things to find is a mattress that is both comfortable as well as supportive. Over time various types of mattresses have come in and out of vogue. We have travelled from ‘Grandma’s feather bed’ to contemporary modern technology producing Tempur or memory foam mattresses, with a number of different mattress styles in between. Spring mattresses have been around since the mid 1850s with the first coil spring construction for bedding introduced in 1865 and the first innerspring mattress being invented in 1871 by Heinrich Westphal. Innerspring mattresses were built to handle body mass, but not body pressure points, especially the shoulders and the hips. Most mattresses actually resist pressure points

FAQs – Adjustable Beds

By | March 9th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

What is an adjustable bed? Is every bed marketed as ‘adjustable’ really ‘adjustable’? What is a hi-low bed? What should you look for when buying an adjustable bed? What is the best type of mattress for an adjustable bed? Is massage beneficial in an adjustable bed? Is a wireless remote better than a cord remote? Are adjustable beds the same size as ordinary beds? Read this article to learn the answers to these questions...

Alternating Pressure Care Mattresses and the Waterlow Method

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Evoflexbed Articles|

The Waterlow Method, developed by clinical nurse teacher Judy Waterlow in 1985 is one of several ways of assessing an individual’s risk of developing pressure injury. Pressure injuries most commonly occur on the bony prominences of the body such as the elbows, heels, hips and the lower back. Any person who is incapable of moving about every 20 minutes or so is at risk of developing pressure injuries.

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