An adjustable bed is often one of the first modified home furniture items purchased by seniors who are beginning to have mobility issues. Elderly persons who have difficulty with transferring from a sitting to standing position, laying down or sitting upright will benefit greatly from an adjustable bed in the home.
Some of the problems an adjustable bed can help to solve include:
Difficulty sleeping while lying flat: Elderly or disabled persons with pulmonary conditions like Asthma or COPD benefit from being able to sleep in a seated upright position. Raising the upper body is often helpful for relieving back pain as well.
Bed sores – Being able to adjust the shape of the bed to move the body position regularly, reduces the onset of bed sores, which are also know as pressure ulcers. Continually moving the supporting surface transfers pressure from one body area to another, which prevents these skin maladies from forming.
Being able to change position easily in bed also improves circulation, as well as making it easier to roll from side to side.
Grab rails – Provide support for getting into and out of the bed or for moving around in the bed. Full rails are recommended for seniors who are fully dependent on a caregiver as they offer complete safety from a fall. Half bed rails are great for seniors who just need some assistance getting up or down.
Caregivers benefit from an adjustable bed as it can be raised to a more reachable height, reducing back strain.
The models and brands of adjustable chairs and beds we recommend are available in RI and MA at Cardi’s Furniture stores.