GUEST COLUMN: Bedding solutions for users with disabilities


Abigail Cooper, writer and market researcher for leading bed and mattress provider Beds Divans, looks at the best bed and mattress options for the elderly and those with disabilities.

For the elderly and those living with long-term disabilities, sleep disturbances are a prevalent issue. According to a study by Oregon Health and Science University, adults with disabilities aren’t getting nearly enough sleep. The report found that more than 44% of adults with disabilities slept for less than 6 hours a night on average, compared to just 27% of adults without disabilities. With this in mind, the importance of choosing the right bedding for those living with disabilities is a crucial factor in improving their quality of sleep and maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing.

With so many factors to consider, it can be confusing and time-consuming to find the perfect option for those with disabilities. In light of this, UK bed manufacturer, Beds Divans, has listed the best beds and mattresses for the elderly and those with disabilities.

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Styles of Beds for People Living with Disabilities

Adjustable Height Bed

Adjustable height beds are designed to adjust to the needs of a disabled user and have been clinically proven to improve circulation, increase mobility, make transfers easier and increase comfort. Caretakers can adjust the height of these beds manually or electronically using a foot pump to suit their individual users’ needs. Some adjustable height beds are electrically powered and designed to give the user full independence to change the bed’s height on their own.

Low-Profile bed

Due to the low profile of the bed frame, low profile beds are suitable for individuals with disabilities who may fall out of bed. A bed like this is also suitable for users who have difficulties getting into and out of bed. Unlike other bed frames, low profile beds sit closer to the floor, which maximises user safety by minimising the risk of injuries in the event of a fall.

Styles of Mattresses for People Living with Disabilities

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses provide enhanced orthopaedic support to their users and are an ideal mattress solution for users suffering from arthritis. A memory foam mattress has no internal springs, which means they are designed to reduce and soften the impact by reshaping the foam to mimic the contours of the user’s body. Additionally, memory foam mattresses offer a distinct advantage in terms of safety since their sinking surface reduces the likelihood of a person falling out of bed.

Latex Mattress

A latex mattress provides improved mobility, orthopaedic support, and is great for those with limited mobility, back pain and joint pain. Due to the mattress, medium firmness and internal spring system, it is a suitable solution for larger users and people who struggle to turn in bed or move about in bed. Furthermore, mattresses made of latex provide great contouring pressure support, helping to align the spine while providing comfort and support to joints and muscles.  

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