Profiling Bed Information

In certain circumstances, profiling beds can enhance comfort and help the user get a more restful sleep as well as provide comfortable support during waking hours.

What is a Profiling Bed?

Profiling beds can lie flat, but are equipped with and adjustable base that can be raised or tilted in segments either together or independently. The segments enable to the user to place the bed in a number of different configurations based on their activity. For example, the head can be raised to watch TV or read or the legs can be raised relative to the body to reduce fluid buildup or raising the knees, which can be more comfortable for people with knee injuries. The movable sections can also make profiling beds a good option for people at risk for pressure ulcers.


In addition, caretakers find it helpful to adjust the height of a profiling bed to more easily assist their patient. The adjustments are usually controlled by small motors and a hand control and can be adjusted while the patient is in bed.

Features of Profiling Beds

1.     Simple controls. A large handset with simple, easily depressed buttons.

2.     Head and foot boards for safety, particularly if the bed is going to be fully tilted up or down (Trendelenburg or anti-Trendelenburg position)

3.     Side safety rails. These are not always necessary, but if the user often falls or gets confused or if the bed is often raised above minimum height, they’re recommended. Be sure side safety rails can be lowered below the mattress so they don’t interfere with transfers.

4.     Emergency lowering. In the event of a power outage or another issue with power to the controls, the mattress should have a manual override to bring the bed down so the user can safely get out of bed.

5.     Height. The bed height should be easily accessible for wheelchair transfers as well as allow caretakers to stand comfortably.

6.     Strength. Profiling beds have a maximum weight based on manufacturers specifications. If necessary, a bariatric profiling bed may be used for larger patients.

7.     Installation/assembly. Some profiling beds are sold ready to assemble and are usually easy to put together without tools. However, if there’s any concern about that, consider buying a profiling bed with assembly services included.


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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).