You’ve made the decision to get a profile bed (also known as a profiling bed), but how will you choose the right one? Each profile bed has its own particular strengths, and this guide will help ensure that you get the correct bed for the user’s needs.
The most important thing you need to know about profile beds is that they offer incredible physical support to the user, and peace of mind to the carer. We’ve previously talked about what a profile bed is in an earlier blog post, and government health services have written on the benefits of electric profiling beds in healthcare – such as reducing pressure injuries, reducing muscle wastage and improved lung function. We’d recommend reading up on the specifics to help you in your decision-making.
There’s a considerable range of profile beds to choose from, so we’ll go through the different model types and explain the benefits of each.
Standard Profile Beds
This is a standard profile bed model. A typical user of this bed would be someone in need of care who is of an average weight, and has limited to sufficient mobility.
There is a 4-section base, meaning that the mattress is split up into sections and can be adjusted at the lower back, hips and knees. This model also has four caster wheels with separate locks for easier movement of the bed itself. Its side rails are there to help prevent the user falling out of the bed.
This is a great entry-level profiling bed. More expensive models generally have all this as standard, with additional features added for specific needs, although it is worth checking each individual model closely to make sure.
Low Profile Beds
A specifically low profile bed help users who struggle between standing and sitting. They also are designed to be as safe as possible when resting and sleeping, reducing the risk of injury in case of a fall. They are ideal for users who have weaker knees and hips, as the low frame helps reduce the strain on those joints when getting in and out of the bed.
This particular model, the Pro Bed Low Electric, also includes an electric handset that has 8 different pre-set positions ready to go.
Bariatric Profile Beds
Bariatric profile beds are designed for users who are carrying more weight. The Pro Bed Bariatric provides comfort and stability for users up to 34 stone (250kg), with its sturdy steel frame.
There are combinations of bariatric beds that are worth knowing about. There are models that combine the strong structure of a bariatric bed with the accessibility of a low profiling bed, such as the Pro Bed Montana.
Fully Rotating Profile Beds
These models of profile beds are available to offer greater independence and mobility. Models such as the Pro Bed Rotate help specifically with users who are weight bearing but struggles to transfer unassisted between standing and sitting. There is a chair that separates from the main body of the bed, which can then rotate and tilt, helping its user transfer from standing to sitting, and vice-versa.
A rotating profile bed offers unparalleled accessibility and easy transfers, and is worth for individuals who want a more independence when getting in and out of bed.
Choosing a profile bed is a tricky business. Make sure you consider the adjustable bed base, electric controls, bed height, maximum weight capacity, and potential for accessibility when shopping around. Take a look at our full Pro Bed range to find the best for your specific needs.