What is a Profiling Bed?
We spend a lot of time in bed. The Independent reports that we need at least 7 hours of sleep every day, so it’s important that we have the best bed for our needs.
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A profiling bed is an excellent option for individuals who may need extra support when resting in bed. You’ll see the phrase ‘profiling beds’ used a lot – we’ve got an entire section dedicated to them on our website! But what is a profiling bed?
Profiling Bed Definition
Profiling beds are beds that are split into sections that can be manually or electronically moved and adjusted to suit the user’s needs. They come in many different shapes and sizes and vary depending on what it is the customer is looking for.
Profiling beds are great for use at home, offering excellent support in the comfort of your own bedroom. They’re available in single or double sizes to suit couples.
Some double profiling beds may provide independent positioning options down each side to suit different users’ needs. There are a number of features that can be included on a profiling bed to make it as comfortable and supportive as possible for the individual.
Essential features are something that is necessary for achieving the problem, by creating a solution that is always included in the basic features of the product offered.
One of the signature features of a profiling bed is an adjustable backrest. This allows you to sit up in bed to read or interact more comfortably.
Some profiling beds feature auto-regression backrest actions; this moves and positions the backrest so the mattress doesn’t slide down the bed (see diagram below). Having an elevated backrest can also be extremely beneficial to people with respiratory problems or difficulties.
Sitting just behind the knees, the knee brake can be raised to prevent the user from sliding down the bed. It also allows a more natural profiling position when the individual is sat up.
Additionally, adjusting the knee brake can help increase circulation to the lower legs.
Height adjustment is also a handy thing to have on an electric profiling bed. By having a flexible height, the bed can facilitate smoother transfers by allowing the user or carer to dictate how low the platform should be when they’re getting on to and off of the bed.
This feature also suits people who are at high risk of falling. It also the profiling bed to be lowered down to the floor at night. That way, if someone were to fall out of bed they are much less likely to injure themselves.
Of course, you should always take precautions to stop someone falling out of bed. Siderails and positioning supports are both popular choices. But it is still useful to be prepared in case a fall does happen.
Although most profiling beds are electric, it is possible to get one that has manual adjustments. This means that the user or carer must manually change the angle of the leg section using a ratchet system.
Profiling beds can include a range of other features as well depending on the needs of the user.
Trendelenburg & Anti-Trendelenburg
More advanced positioning options that may be included are the Trendelenburg and Anti-Trendelenburg features. These help to alleviate pressure build-ups, but they should only be used under medical supervision.
Fowler (Chair) Function
Other beds may include the Fowler, or Chair position, which adjusts the bed to a seated position where the legs are below the horizontal.
A bracket that allows manual adjustment of the leg section of the bed, this feature provides legrest elevation when required. It’s often on a ratchet system so is usually operated by the carer.
Also known as Cotsides, side rails prevent the user from falling out of bed. They run alongside both sides of the bed and additional bed bumpers (foam covered in wipeable material) can be fitted if necessary to prevent client injury.
As mentioned above, combination beds are split down the middle to offer independent adjustments to both people. This is great for couples who are both needing the benefits of a profiling bed but wish to determine their own positioning options separate from their partner’s.
A combination profiling bed still looks like a standard model, but it contains two separate platform systems and mattresses. This is particularly useful for caregivers who may need to split the beds up for better access to just one person.
‘Profiling bed’ seems like a technical term, but it’s not really. These features are some of the most common elements of a typical profiling bed, but they can truly be adapted to suit anyone’s needs and level of mobility. If you’ve still got any unanswered questions on profiling beds, please get in touch!