There are many advantages to having a profiling bed over a regular bed when it comes to care. These benefits aren’t just for the user either – there are notable ways in which profiling care beds help carers too. In this blog, we’ll look at 6 key reasons why you need a profile bed and show you how it can improve quality of life.
For the user of the profiling bed, this is probably the most important reason. Specialist care beds are built for comfort, as it’s likely that its user will spend a lot of time in it. As such, they’re designed to reduce the amount of pressure on the body, helping to reduce and prevent everyday aches and pains.
Because there’s less pressure on the body, there’s also a greatly reduced risk of pressure sores, which are notoriously unpleasant for people in care. This brings us neatly onto the second point in our list…
2. Health & Safety
With a reduced risk of pressure sores, profiling beds directly help to fight against skin conditions and possible subsequent infections. Not only is this an obvious benefit for the person in care, as they are in less pain, but it also helps to reduce the workload of the carer when it comes to treatment.
Profiling beds are built with other safety features in mind, too. Many designs have side panels to help prevent unintended falls, which is especially relevant for elderly people in care. Alongside this, they are a stronger structure than a standard bed, and therefore less likely to break under a heavy weight. Bariatric profiling beds are specially-made for heavier users, and come in a variety of designs.
Profiling beds aren’t exclusive to care homes, and in many cases it is more beneficial for someone to stay in their own home while changing their bed over to a profiling bed. Different profile beds are specialised for different circumstances, so check out a blog we’ve written on choosing the right profiling bed to help you know the differences between each design.
If you’re going to be living at home, then a profiling bed is a great way to get some assistance on your own terms. For instance, low profiling beds make getting in and out of bed a lot easier, and can really help users with back, hip, knee and foot problems.
This ties in with accessibility, but having autonomy as a user – doing things yourself – is a massive positive for profiling care beds. Enabling users to stay in their own homes and live independently, or at least with visiting carers, is often preferable for many people who need care.
It’s a psychological boost more than anything, which is often overlooked. This is particularly important for elderly people, especially those who live on their own, who can lose self-confidence quickly. Being able to get in and out of bed independently helps to keep confidence up by doing everyday activities as normal.
5. Helps Staff
As touched on in all of the above points, profiling beds are to the benefit of care staff as well as people in care. One-third of all musculoskeletal injuries to nurses is a result of handling patients in and around their beds, which is an astonishingly high figure.
Profiling beds help to relieve that pressure on staff by being easier for the bed-user to get in and out of, as well as supporting their movement through electronic controls. This makes it easier for care staff to administer treatment such as injections or creams to a patient without having to physically move them around.
6. The Best Possible Care
Profiling beds give a complete sense of care through their multiple benefits. They allow the user to be in control of their own movements and actions, and help with physical and mental health. Even if the user is not physically strong at all and struggles changing between standing and sitting positions, a rotating profiling bed is a great option.
Because of the considerable range of profiling beds available, each design gives specialist care based on circumstance. They are suitable for individual care at home, or for residents at a care home as well, and improve an overall quality of life. A profiling bed is a very welcome addition to a house of someone in care, and can make a real difference.