Mobility beds are electrically-operated beds designed to adjust in the middle and at the ends to provide pain relief and comfort to those with chronic medical conditions. Mobility beds are made to look like ordinary beds, and even have battery backup in the case of power failure. The mattress plays a crucial role in providing pain relief and comfort. There are three types of mattresses used: Memory Foam, Reflex Foam and Pocket Sprung. Each has their own benefits.
Uses of Electric Mobility Beds
Mobility beds are useful for a variety of people. Those with asthma, back pain, arthritis, emphysema and circulatory disorders benefit greatly from these types of beds. Because these handicap beds can easily adjust to a sitting position, those with mobility problems will find getting out of bed much easier. They allow those who are bedridden or spend a lot of time in bed the ability to sit in bed to read, watch TV and recline in comfort. If you have swollen feet, mobility beds can easily elevate your lower body to ease the swelling. Even if you’re just having trouble sleeping, mobility beds can adjust easily and help you find a comfortable position.
Some mobility beds offer unique features. Some offer a massage function, which is great for those with back pain. There are also double adjustable beds, where each side adjusts separately.
Mobility Beds ADA Requirements
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires several design standards for mobility beds to be deemed accessible for people with disabilities. They must: lower to a point no greater than 17-19 inches from the floor; be capable of being locked into place or in a fixed position where slippage cannot occur when transferring from a mobility wheelchair or other mobility device to the bed, and; have a protective padded surface.
Costs of Mobility Beds
Depending on the size of the bed and the technology, mobility beds can cost anywhere from $1,000 to more than $5,000. They require the same care and maintenance as any major electrical appliance, and it is important for the owner to follow the instruction manual carefully and use the bed properly.