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.