Reasons you might choose one or both
- Consider a mattress variator if you are having problems with sitting up from lying in bed.
- The variator is useful if you have problems with your shoulders and are unable to pull on a rail to help you sit up. Also useful if you have breathing problems and the effort involved when coming from lying to sitting causes you to become breathless.
- Fitting a variator means that you can still enjoy sleeping in your own bed but have the benefits of an electrically operated bed.
Things to consider choos
- Check that your mattress is compatible with a mattress variator;
- Hinged mattresses are most suitable and fibre or foam-filled mattresses are usually compatible - please ensure you check this before you purchase any mattress variator
- Mattresses with continuous wire edging are unsuitable and pocket sprung mattresses may be damaged by long term use.
Having the correct height of bed is an important point to consider and can ensure safe and independent transfers.
If a bed is too low then you may struggle to rise up from the bed and potentially overbalance.
Having the bed too high can mean that it may be difficult to shuffle your bottom back onto the bed and to lift your legs up onto the bed.
Bed raisers are pieces of equipment that fit to your existing bed’s legs or castors to raise the height of the bed. The height of the rise depends on the style of raiser and is usually within the range of 8cm (3”) to 14cm (5½”).
Types of bed raisers
Separate bed raisers
These fit to the bed leg or castors and can be wooden blocks, plastic sleeves, cones, wooden screw in extensions
Interconnected bed raisers
These are blocks that are connected together either in pairs or a four ad positioned under the bed legs/castors to raise the bed to the desired height