Pressure Relief Mattress Info

People with restricted mobility are more likely to develop bedsores (pressure ulcers.) Using a pressure relief mattress helps alleviate this concerns. Consult with your healthcare professional and pay attention to your own needs when making the final decision about using a pressure mattress.

Who Needs Pressure Mattresses?

Patients with mobility issues or who are bedridden for extended period of time are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. These painful sores are the result of extended pressure on soft skin tissue. They occur most commonly where skin covers hard bone near the surface such as shoulder, heel, or hip. They can be worsened by rubbing along the bed linens and the presence of sweat. In addition to being quite painful bedsores can lead to other health issues such as infections. The reduced blood flow to the area makes them difficult to treat and slow to heal.

 

Because bedsores can be potentially serious, anyone at risk of developing them should consult with a doctor and take preventative measures, including the possible use of specially designed cushions and mattresses.

Minimizing Localized Pressure

The best way to prevent pressure ulcers is to ensure the same parts of the body are not always under pressure by regularly moving and changing positions. In addition, even weight distribution and effective air flow also help prevent bedsores.

Risk Groups

Depending on your specific situation, a doctor will determine if your risk for getting a pressure ulcer is low, moderate, high, or very high. The higher your risk, the more important it is to take precautionary measures such as using a pressure relief mattress.

Features of Pressure Relief Mattresses

1.     Strength – pressure mattresses are rated based on maximum user weight. For larger patients, bariatric cushions and mattresses can also be used.

2.     Breathability – Certain fabric types aid in good air flow and help prevent the buildup of moisture.

3.     Hygiene – Some mattresses have specially designed anti-microbial covers. Even without a cover, the mattress should be easy to clean to help reduce the risk of infection.

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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).