A Guide to Mobility Beds
On average, a person will spend approximately a third of their life in bed, so using a quality bed and mattress is important. Adjustable mobility beds can provide much more support and comfort than a traditional bed and can make a big difference to the quality of sleep, and so the quality of life.
A Mobility bed can be beneficial for those with medical conditions such as arthritis, asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Rheumatism, MS, Circulation Problems, Back Pain and other conditions. The human spine is naturally curved, and so traditional beds and mattresses are not able to fully support the spine properly which is why people toss and turn in bed at night. Adjustable mobility beds are recommended by healthcare experts and Occupational Therapists.
Mobility beds are electrically operated using a handset and are designed to raise the ends and the middle of the bed. By raising the relevant part of the bed, the ideal comfortable position for the user can easily be found. Raising the head end of the bed can provide additional support and comfort during the day. Adjusting the middle and foot end of the bed to the medically recommended positions can provide help with pain and pressure relief both when awake and sleeping.
Modern mobility beds are designed to look like traditional beds, and in most cases look virtually identical to a traditional divan bed so they won't look out of place in any bedroom, and don't look like hospital style beds. Nowadays adjustable mobility beds have a built in battery back up system so that in the event of a power cut the bed can still be used, and the user won't be stranded in an uncomfortable or painful position.
Mobility beds consist of more than just the adjustable base of the bed. The mattress plays a very important role in providing comfort and pressure relief. There are three main types of mattress technology used in conjunction with mobility beds, Pocket Sprung, Reflex Foam and Memory Foam.
A Pocket Sprung mattress is made from thousands of springs which are in their own individual pockets, and linked together to form a honeycomb pattern. The springs are able to move around independently, and so can adjust to the shape and weight of the body.
A Reflex Foam mattress is made from individual comfort cells which are cut into an egg box effect. This allows the cells to work independently and be supple and pliable. Reflex Foam mattresses offer a great deal of ventilation and so are ideal for using with mobility beds.
A Memory Foam mattress is heavier and more supportive than other types of mattress, and responds to changes in heat. Once warm, the foam is more pliable, and when cool again, it 'remembers' the body shape and can spread the weight and pressure of the body. Memory foam is also used for mattress toppers and wheelchair cushions and in other situations where there is a risk of pressure sores. Memory Foam was originally developed by NASA for astronauts, but it was its use in hospitals that the pressure relieving properties were first noticed.
Adjustable mobility beds can make a big difference to those who spend a lot of time in bed, and can provide significant health benefits.