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.