Senior Living air mattresses are specialized sleep surfaces to help address wound care and pressure sores, and can even feature hospital bed functionalities. There are a variety of features to choose from, and when the comfort and wellbeing of your seniors is on the line, you need to make the best decisions every time.
The two steps for choosing the right air mattress for senior living community are selecting a therapy style and determining the proper safety features.
Choose a Therapy Style
Alternating Pressure air mattresses redistribute pressure and help improve blood flow, aiding in the healing process by inflating and deflating air cells to alleviate pressure and pressure point paint. Alternating Pressure mattresses are best for seniors with pressure ulcers and bed sores, preventing skin breakdown.
Low Air Loss
Low Air Loss air mattresses feature tiny holes in the air cells, allowing cool air to pass through, while controlling microclimate heat and moisture. Low Air Loss air mattresses are best for seniors who sweat or have macerations.
Lateral Rotation air mattresses utilize inflation and deflation of air cells to gently rotate individuals 40 degrees to the right or left side. Lateral Rotation air mattresses are best for senior living residents with pulmonary or circulatory ailments.
Determine Air Mattress Safety Features
Beyond therapy, there are other valuable features to consider when selecting an air mattress.
A safety base prevents a resident from lying directly on the bed frame if the pump stops working. Safety bases can be made of either foam or air cells, both of which act independently, even if power is lost.
Cell on Cell Designs
Cell-on-cell air mattress designs feature independent air bladders welded down the center so that air does not flow freely through the entire depth of the mattress. This allows the bottom cells to serve as the safety base in the case of power failure.
Firm perimeters help increase stability for transfers and also serve as a gentle reminder to the residents of where the bed edge is.
While there is no perfect formula to choose the ideal air mattress for a Senior Living community, whether a memory care or independent living facility, it is essential to keep residents and their needs at the center of your decision making. Involvement by both your purchasing and clinical teams can also help to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the mattress selected.
Browse through our vast selection of air mattresses to get an idea of your options as you search for the perfect air mattress for your unique needs. And if you need more help, try our Mattress Selection Guide or contact us for help choosing the right mattress!