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Adjustable Bed for the Elderly - Best Adjustable Beds 2019

Updated on December 5, 2019
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Reginald has been a sleep specialist for the past 20 years, training new and veteran associates in the retail mattress industry.

Adjustable Bed for the Elderly - Best Adjustable Beds 2019

Adjustable Bed for the Elderly - Best Adjustable Beds 2019 - It goes without saying that as one reaches their golden years, they tend to learn how to put up with the little aches and pains that life throws their way. When it comes to what they sleep on, the elderly find it much easier to accommodate a mattress instead of the mattress accommodating them. Some older people have been known to have the same sleep surface for twenty to twenty-five years. If we help this situation which is usually our parents, they would be sleeping in a healthier environment.

This article will explain about the Adjustable Bed for the Elderly and how it can solve many problems including a healthier sleep.

The Comfort Level of an Elderly Person

As we get older, our comfort level while sleeping changes frequently. This is due to the ever changing physical condition of an older person. Everyone has bodily discomfort from time to time, but the elderly person feels it much more. Pain may be associated with the following areas:

  • Back
  • Hip
  • Neck
  • Knee

While these conditions are more pronounced at night while sleeping, understanding how the average person sleeps (including the elderly) will give us a better grasp of the situation.

When we sleep at night, our comfort level is usually dictated by the way we sleep. This means that if you are a back sleeper, a firmer feeling mattress is in order. On the other hand, a person who sleeps on their side or stomach, a softer, more contouring mattress is the ticket.

Elderly women getting out of bed
Elderly women getting out of bed | Source

The Adjustable Bed Base

A great addition to any bedroom is an Adjustable Bed Base
A great addition to any bedroom is an Adjustable Bed Base | Source

Health Benefits of the Adjustable Bed

While the concept of an adjustable bed may give the average person the idea that it is designed for people who read in bed or for watching television and refer to it as the new “recliner for the bedroom”, are not thinking about or are not aware of the health benefits associated with this sleep option.

The health benefits with an adjustable bed are numerous. Years ago, this was not an option for the home owner because they were too costly and extremely heavy to move and operate. Today, they are quite affordable and very streamline and are available in all sizes.

Below is a list of some of the health benefits.

  • Helps reduce sleep apnea and snoring ( it helps me!)
  • Reduces back pain
  • Helps with acid re-flux
  • Elevating your legs provides you with better circulation
  • Relieves pain from arthritis
  • Asthma and other breathing problems
  • A great help when trying to get in or out of bed

Click here to learn more about these medical conditions

Most all of these health issues are very common and with the assistance of the variety of settings the adjustable bed base is a great help while trying to get a healthy sleep.


They come in a number of sizes. This is to help when determining what will fit a particular size room.

  • Twin - 39" X 75"
  • Full - 54" X 75"
  • Queen - 60 X 80"
  • King - 76 X 80"

Below are three additional sizes that can be made for you if you need. They most likely will be a special order.

  • Twin XL - 39" X 80"
  • Full XL - 54" X 80"
  • Cal King - 72" X 84"

Adjustable Bed Base Without Mattress

Many models are the wall hugger type. This tends to help save room in the bedroom.
Many models are the wall hugger type. This tends to help save room in the bedroom. | Source
Mom - 88 years old
Mom - 88 years old

Manual or Remote Control

Adjustable Bed Bases are operated either manually or by remote control. One type of a manually controlled base will have a crank at the foot of the bed. Another type lets you raise or lower the head or foot literally by hand. This is especially difficult if there is a person in the bed while it is being raised or lowered.

With the technology that we have today, it is safe to say that the "manual" option is less attractive and for good reason.

The remote control models are available with two versions: Wired or Wireless. The wired remote is a small device that is connected by a thick wire to the motor of the base. This allows you to raise and lower your head or raise and lower your feet and legs. The special benefit of this type is that you will never lose it. It is my opinion that this type will be permanently replaced by the wireless remote in a few years.

The wireless remote control is operated using two triple A (AAA) batteries and allows you the freedom to use the controller from any part of the room. Many have a magnetic strip on the side of the bed for the remote to attach to.The wireless controller will raise or lower the head and foot along with additional features.

Additional features:

  • Wall hugger design
  • LCD screen on controller (not on all models)
  • One touch return to flat setting
  • Multiple preset settings
  • Multiple pulsation settings
  • Battery back up (in case of a power outage)
  • The adjustability makes it easy to get in and out of bed.

Many of the models that are on the more expensive side will have still more features: Floor light underneath the base, neck lift, lumbar support lift. There are also models that can monitor how you sleep, heart rate, etc.... This is done through a simple app on your phone or computer. WOW!

Massage Feature

The massage feature on the bases is very enjoyable. Not everyone likes this feature, but for the person that appreciates the feeling of a very soothing pulsation throughout the bed with a variety of intensity settings, the massage feature is a great way to relax those muscles and unwind after a long day at work. I use mine each night and I think of it as taking the wrinkles out of my spine. (if that makes sense to you.)

Most of these bases have a 750 lb capacity and come with a 10 year limited warranty. I have been selling them for years now and can remember only two instances where there was a problem for customers and the manufacturer got right on them immediately.

Many people tend to shy away from purchasing a product like this at first because they are under the impression that they are very expensive. Any retailers that sell mattresses will have adjustable bed bases on display for you to try. Depending on your needs, you can purchase one usually between $600 and $1600 compared to what they were years ago which was in the thousands.

Strong Support + Good Comfort = A Great Sleep!

Mattresses for the Adjustable Bed

Not all mattresses will work on adjustable bases. Those mattresses with a coil system will not work unless it is a pocketed or encased coil. ( called a "marshall unit".) This is because these other coil systems have a steel border rod around the perimeter of the mattress on both sides. Therefore, they do not bend. A pocketed or encased coil is designed to be adjustable. Most all manufacturers make their products with the "pocketed" coil for that purpose.

Memory Foam vs Latex Foam

Anytime you visit a bedding store or furniture retailer that sell adjustable bases, they most likely will have them displayed on the floor with some type of Memory Foam mattress.This is because manufacturers advertise and market this as the best for everyone’s comfort level. This is not true in all cases. Granted, if a memory foam mattress meets your comfort level then, by all means that should be the one for you.

Be aware of the fact that all memory foam mattresses whether it be a Tempurpedic or another brand is made of 100% polyurethane and because of its properties will definitely soften up overtime. If you look at the law tag of any foam mattress you will find it to say that it is a polyurethane product.

The reason why I bring this up is that if a regular flat bed with memory foam will soften up, then if we put this mattress on a base that is being adjusted every night 365 days a year, the wear and tear will undoubtedly be more noticeable sooner that later.

An option that many people may not be aware of is that of Latex Foam. The is a product that comes from the rubber tree. There are two types of this foam:

  1. 100% Natural
  2. Synthetic

100% Natural Latex comes from the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis).The good rubber trees! The best rubber comes from the countries closer to the Equator. Trees are tapped for the milky white substance. This material is then transported to a processing plant where the actual product is made. There are two different processes used called Talalay and Dunlap.

The Talalay is a process where the material collected from the rubber trees is flash frozen before it is baked. The flash freezing helps with the settling of materials as well as making it a lighter product. The material is poured into very large “cookie sheet” type pans and the put into large ovens where it is baked For certain amount of time.

The Dunlap goes through the same baking process but without the flash freezing step. This process ends up as a heavier product and firmer feel when made into a mattress.

Synthetic Latex is a man made product that uses a compound that tries to "mimic" the materials and properties of Natural Latex. The process uses petroleum chemicals and additives. Basically, it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, but....... guess what? It's not a real duck!

The difference in the feel of a Memory foam mattress and that of the Latex foam is very simple. Memory foam will give you the feeling of being engulfed or a sinking in feeling. We call that "sleeping in the mattress". Latex foam will give you a feeling of more support. We call that "sleeping on the mattress." It is somewhat more difficult to move in a memory foam than in latex foam.

Please watch this short video on the "Pocketed Coil" to help you understand great support.

Memory Foam vs Latex Foam

A combination of Memory Foam and Latex Foam is a good choice for a mattress
A combination of Memory Foam and Latex Foam is a good choice for a mattress | Source

The Hybrid Mattress

The Hybrid Mattress is half coil and half foam. The reason why I emphasize this type is because of the combination of foam and coil. Just like "You got Chocolate on my Peanut Butter!" Remember that commercial?

The coil is called "Pocketed" or "Encased". This coil system has very good support for your body and because of its design it provides excellent help with spinal alignment. Also, with two people in the bed, if one should move, the other person will not be disturbed. Nice!

The foam in most retail stores with a hybrid mattress is memory foam and just to reiterate, this is because the manufacturers want you to buy this product so, they promote and advertise it a great deal. There are retailers though (specialty bedding stores) that will make a hybrid with Latex or the combination of Memory Foam and Latex Foam for you.

When we are talking about adjustable beds for the elderly I can’t recommend more highly the hybrid mattress. They really do go hand in hand.

Below is a short list of some manufacturers that you should check out to see what they have for Adjustable Beds and mattresses that will go with them.

  • Serta
  • Sealy
  • Springair
  • Gold Bond
  • Kingsdown
  • Simmons
  • Restonic
  • King Koil

In Closing

I hope the information was helpful in solving the problem of Adjustable Beds for the Elderly. Please share this article with friends and family.

© 2017 Reginald Thomas

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