Picking the right profiling mattress can be confusing. With many options available, it can be difficult to know what’s the best option for you, a loved one or a patient’s needs.
Here are the aspects to consider when making your decision on a profiling mattress.
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The first thing to mention is that it’s not recommend to use a regular sprung mattress on a profiling bed. They aren’t quite flexible enough to offer the necessary support and comfort; with that in mind, you’ll be looking primarily at air and foam mattresses.
Make a note of the dimensions of the profiling bed that you’re trying to find a mattress for. There’s nothing worse than finding the right mattress, getting it home, and realising it doesn’t fit the bed!
If you’re struggling to find the right sized mattress, then it might be worth looking at getting one custom-made to the right measurements.
The biggest issue to think about when choosing a mattress for a profiling bed is what level of pressure relief your client may need. Here are three questions that will help you determine what level they need:
For clients with a moderate need for pressure relief, look at foam mattresses. For those who have more complex needs, consider air mattresses.
There a few different kinds of foam mattress for a profiling bed. Foam mattresses make up a vast range of pressure relief options.
Castle-top cut foam is also available in mattresses, although it is a little less common. This disperses body weight over a larger surface to prevent build-ups, and it’s easy to re-shape in profiling position.
Air mattresses are the next step up in pressure relief, and they’re often used on clients who are at higher risk. The mattress moulds itself to your body perfectly and will help to protect skin integrity.
Hybrid mattresses offer a sort of middle-ground between foam and air mattresses because they combine the two. You can use the pump to step the mattress up to air technology which flows freely through the foam elements of the mattress.
Alternatively, you can leave the pump detached, and use it as a standard foam mattress.
The mattress cover is another thing to consider when you’re choosing a mattress for a profiling bed. Depending on you or your client’s needs, and even the environment the mattress is being used in, the cover can have a lot to answer for.
The first thing to bear in mind is that the cover will have to be a little more stretchy for pressure relief. If the foam needs to contour to your body, then the cover needs to have enough give to allow you to sink right in.
The cover should also be breathable enough so that you don’t get too hot when laid in bed for a long time. You can find covers that are breathable and waterproof which is ideal for profiling beds because it keeps you cool and can be cleaned easily.
For facilities where infection control is important, you should consider having flaps over the zips on the mattress cover. This will help keep the mattress from getting contaminated.
Another aspect you may want to include is a non-slip base. This will help keep the mattress in position when the bed is profiling so that it doesn’t slip down or slide up and become a nuisance.
Air mattresses tend to have ties on each corner of the mattress that will help secure it in place on the bed.
If you’re buying a mattress for an existing profiling bed, then make sure that you’ve got the right depth measurements. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) bedrail regulations must be followed on every bed using siderails.
These regulations and precautions exist to stop a sleeper from possibly rolling over the top of the siderail or getting trapped between the mattress and the bed frame itself. The Health & Safety Executive has guidelines for the safe use of bed rails.
For users who aren’t mobile, then it may be worth considering adding an evacuation aid to the mattress for emergencies.
The Evacuation Sheet straps to the bottom of the mattress and has built-in handles that mean you can simply pull the mattress along if there is an emergency.
This is a brief guide on what to consider when choosing a mattress for a profiling bed, and we hope it gives you a good start. In the meantime, if you’re looking for more information, then get in touch with our team to discuss the options.