Things to Consider when Organising Bedding for the Elderly

Bedding equipment accounts for a significant amount of medical equipment sales and helps those who struggle with independently getting in and out of bed or readjusting their position in bed. For some people who aren’t able to move in bed whatsoever may require the help of carers. These devices and medical tools are here to help carers, aged care providers or hospitals.

 

Equipment to Assist Carers, aged care providers or hospitals

Sliding is normally the easiest method for carers to help a person reposition themselves in bed. These devices help carers with slipping an individual;

Single Thickness Slide Sheets

Single thickness slip sheets are usually nylon and are intended to be folded. The carer then can bunch the corners to get a grip.

Tubular Sliding Aids

Tubular slipping aids are when the substance is sewn end to end and will help with slipping sideways or up a hospital mattress, based on the positioning and dimensions of the material tube.

Semi-Rigid Sliding Aids

Semi-rigid transfer aids are amongst the more intricate aids, which could minimise friction and the likelihood of material bunching beneath the patient. Semi-rigid transfer aids have a flexible sheet of plastic in a cushioned cover and atmosphere filled mats. They include handles to help with pulling.

Self-help Devices

Bed cubes raise the bed and might help the user to stand out from the edge of the mattress.

Bed Ladders attach to the foot of the bed and allow the user to sit up from a flat position by pulling up on every rung of the ladder. Rungs could be grasped by hand or the entire forearm could be used for additional leverage.

Bed sticks are placed between the mattress and mattress stage and act as anchor points to be grasped when support turning in bed is needed. The device must be correctly fitted and consultation with an Occupational Therapist is advised.

Self-help poles, also called a fighter rod, consist of a metal rod with a string and triangular handle to hang over the user’s head. They are useful for people who need help lifting themselves up from bed but can be tough to use, as they need substantial upper body power

Slide and self-turn tubes assist with independently turning in bed. Made from nylon materials, they offer a slippery surface on which turning is simpler.

Leg lifters are custom instruments that assist a person with getting their legs in and out of bed. More complex electric inflatable leg lifts are also available.

Electric beds with adjustable backrests can be utilized to aid with moving from a lying to a sitting posture.

Beds are available to suit various support, comfort, and operational needs. It’s important to look at these requirements with each individual when choosing an adjustable bed. Some of those factors are discussed below;

Bed Adjustments

Based on the case of every person, different adjustment capacities may be required.

Height adjustment, also known as hi-low adjustment, empowers the height of the mattress to be adjusted. This could be beneficial to help moves in and out of bed or to get carer tasks like changing the bed linen or nursing someone in bed. Beds with an additional low height adjustment are available.

Backrest alterations are used to support the consumer in a semi-sitting position or to assist with moving from lying to sitting.

Knee break adjustments elevate the knees without raising the feet and may be used to stop the user from slipping down the bed.

Leg elevation frees the user’s legs from the hip and could possibly be used to prevent or reduce leg swelling.

Manual vs. Electric

When choosing an adjustable bed, one has the choice between manually adjusted beds and electrically adjusted beds. Electrically adjusted beds have a hand help control and enable the user to adjust the mattress themselves while they’re inside. Some beds also may provide the choice of voice command or remote control. Electric beds, although operated by a motor, are usually silent or almost silent. Manually adjusted beds often use either a hand breeze or foot pump mechanism. The action needed for the manually adjusted beds may be tiring for the carer and the motion could be jerky for the consumer. The bed can’t be controlled by the user and must be placed strategically so that the mechanism is available.