Bed Accessory Options

A comfortable bed is an important part of everyone’s life. Sleeping, resting, reading, or recovering from an illness or surgery is done best in a bed that’s comfortable safe. To help maximize the time spent in bed, there are many bed accessories available depending on your needs and lifestyle.

·      Bed rails, sticks, and grab rails. These items provide support during transfers and help prevent falls.

·      Standing assistance. Hoists, ceiling poles, and carer-assisted standing aids make getting in and out of bed easier and safer.

·      Repositioning aids. There are several options to help find a comfortable position in bed. These include ceiling- or wall-mounted supports or rope ladder devices the enable the user to climb into a seated position. In addition, devices such as blocks and electric powered leg-lifters make beds more comfortable.

·      Mattress elevators. In some cases more support than pillows is needed to achieve a comfortable seated position. A folding frame under the mattress, known as a mattress elevator, can be raised or lowered with an electronic pump. For a more economic option, a folding backrest on top of the mattress can be a good solution for people with a decent level of independence.

·      Bed safety devices. For some people, falling in the bedroom is a big concern. In addition to bed rails, soft bumpers, fall mats, and communication devices or alarms make the bedroom a safer place. Fall mats are placed alongside the bed and provide a cushion in the event of a fall.

·      Bed protectors. Many people with mobility issues also cope with incontinence. Washable and disposable bed pads help keep the mattress and sheets clean as well as absorb moisture to help prevent bed sores. In addition, waterproof linens are available in a variety of colors to match your décor.

·      Over bed tables. Trays with legs that can be placed over the users lap or rolling tables that fit across the bed are ideal for eating, reading, or engaging in other hobbies while sitting in bed. If selecting a rolling model, be aware of the space available under the bed to be sure there’s enough clearance for the legs and wheels.

 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).