Beds which can be configured to various positions are known as adjustable beds. This adjustment is done with the help of a number of hinges. Adjustable beds have been in use in hospitals for quite a long time. Adjustable beds also found a place in homecare over 30 years.
Manual and motorized adjustable beds are available in the market. As the mattress industry is developing day by day, motorized adjustable beds are fast gaining ground.
Persons recuperating from surgery find it to sleep comfortably in adjustable beds. An adjustable bed also helps in circulation of blood flow in the body as well as aids people suffering from breathing problems and swelling. It also brings relief to persons having back pain, neck pain, and acid reflux.
With the help of a couple of hinges and springs, the surface of the adjustable beds can be adjusted to the following positions:
-Inclining the upper part of the bed surface to a certain angle.
-Inclining the lower part of the bed surface to a certain angle.
-Reclining the bed to raise the upper and lower part of the body at the same time.
-Adjusting the height.
These adjustable beds are available in king, queen, and twin sizes. The mattresses also need to be of high quality and flexible. It may be divided into two or three segments to be in synchronism with the adjustment of the surface of an adjustable bed.
Nowadays, adjustable beds are used in homes to relax and have a comfortable position to watch TV or reading.
Ergonomists put in a lot of effort to design adjustable beds for luxury and at the same time retain good posture. It should be rightly designed to bring relief to patients with complications and impaired mobility.
Adjustable beds are available with wireless controls to operate back and leg movement. This is applicable to motorized adjustable beds. The touch remote can be used for adjusting head and foot tilt as well as pillow tilt. Adjustable wave massage relaxes head to toe. Under the bed, lighting is provided as an extra feature. Provision of emergency power to bring back the bed to a flat position is usually incorporated. Retainer bars or hooks are deployed to prevent the mattress from slipping.
An adjustable bed should be flexible and endure pressure. They can be inclined to a 70-degree angle. The four kinds of mattresses available for most adjustable beds are memory foam, latex foam, conventional spring beds, and air beds.
It handles pressure satisfactorily by uniformly extending the load along its surface and effortlessly falls in line with the contour of the body. The user gets more relaxed and feels less pain in such mattresses.
It is found in the natural and synthetic material. Natural ones are thinner and more flexible. This mattress lasts long.
These mattresses do not match with adjustable beds. Flexibility is low and requires regular replacement.
This air bed mattress encases inner air chamber which is pressurized. It has a layer of foam on the top surface. These mattresses are stiff and restrict air flow when bent.
Adjustable beds for hospitals are rugged and made of the steel structure. They are fitted with castor wheels. They come in three versions:
A whole adjustable bed is equipped with the patient control console. This control station enables the foot, knees, and head of the bed to be adjusted or for raising or lowering the whole bed. This can assist patients in descending and alighting the bed.
The function is the same as the automatic bed but needs manual cranking for adjusting the height of the bed.
Manually adjustable beds have two manual cranks to adjust all movements.