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I have a friend who is paralyzed and has to stay in his bed for over 12 hours before he has help to get him up. He has terrible back pain that has developed as the mattress sagged where the bed flexes. It was replaced recently, but the sag still is there. There is absolutely no support for his back.

Any suggestions about a supportive hospital bed mattress?

asked Sep 29 '13
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Your friend has a good friend. And to answer your question the bed can make a difference.

First, it is important to make sure the bed has good support. When we need to spend a lot of time in bed, support is critical.

Second, it is important to ease the getting out part of the process.

Might I recommend an air adjustable bed on an adjustable foundation. These beds are durable, and you can match different comfort materials to reduce pressure even more. You can also adjust the firmness to match what is needed for comfort, even if that changes over time. When you put it on an adjustable foundation it will enable your friend to get to a sitting position, and then it is just a matter of swinging the legs off the bed.

Our store specializes in helping people find the best surface for them, and we would be happy to field questions on just how that can be discovered. It is always good to have a friend like you who cares!

Sleep Well!

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answered Sep 29 '13
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With the measurements of the mattress you may want to make some calls near you for what's available. If it's an "odd" size you choices may be limited. We've found that foams (latex and memory/visco) of a good quality will do better than innerspring on adjustable beds AND offer a better body fit to help avoid pressure points and thus bed sores. For an odd size consider that many latex and visco can be made to size. Best of luck.

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answered Sep 30 '13
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Most hospital bed mattresses are composed of foam, innerspring coils, air, gel, or a combination of supports for the patient. Joining this, the average hospital bed mattress is roughly six inches thick and is designed for the intention of supporting a patient comfortably while also limiting the risk of bedsores wherever possible.

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