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27 May 2022

How to get out of a bed easier with an Adjustable Bed

Home Adjustable Beds

Adjustable Beds have many Benefits. However, the two most important ones are comfort and making it easier to get in and out of bed. In this blog, we will be focusing on how you can use the functions of your electric adjustable bed to make it easier to get in and out of bed. 

Getting in and out of bed is an automatic sequence of motions and movements that we don't think about. However, we quickly find out how hard it can be if we develop pain or cannot use all body parts. 

My partner, who I would generally describe as healthy and fit, hurt his back while doing an everyday task. He was barely able to walk and struggled to get comfortable while sitting. But getting out of bed was one of the worst things for him. The only way he could manage with or without my help was to roll over to his stomach and then maneuver himself to the edge and drop his legs down until his knees were on the floor. He then pushed up onto the bed to stand up. 

While this is an extreme case, we see many customers in our Osborne Park and Mandurah Showroom or in-home demos across Perth that find it incredibly difficult to get into or out of their existing traditional bed. Sometimes this can be attributed to a too-soft mattress or simply the wrong bed height. Many times the reasons are much more complex.  

The problem with getting in/out of bed is that it combines so many different movements and requires all parts of our body to do what they are supposed to do. Just have a think. We use our core to come to a seated position and our arms to adjust our position and help us balance as we lie down or sit up. We have to lift our legs up to get them onto the bed, and our neck has to somehow support our head while we do all these other things. So it's no wonder that it can get tough. 

That's where adjustable beds really shine and can work in different ways to assist you in getting in and out in a safe and controlled way and, most notably, with more ease and comfort than a regular bed. 

Electric beds can be a great option to help you come to a seated position in bed or stand up from the edge of the bed. 

Please keep in mind that this is a guide only, as we all have different abilities. Several rails can be fitted to the bed to assist with the below steps and body positioning.

To get into bed:

  1. Use the Hi-Lo function of your bed to lift the bed up to a height where the mattress comes up to your knees
  2. Sit on the edge of the bed
  3. Use the Hi-Lo function to lower the bed back down, and scoot your bottom further around as the bed lowers
  4. Use the Headlift function to raise the backrest of your bed to the point that you feel is comfortable. 
  5. You can now lean your upper body, head and shoulders against the backrest while lifting your legs into the bed
  6. While seated in the bed, check your positioning, and try to lie as straight on the bed as possible
  7. Get comfortable. Lower your headrest, and lift your leg rest to achieve optimal positioning. 

 You simply follow the steps above but reverse to get out of bed.

  1. Bring your backrest to the most upright position that you can comfortably.
  2. Ensure your leg rest is all the way lowered
  3. While leaning your upper body into the backrest, swivel your legs off the edge of the bed until you are seated on the edge with your feet firmly on the ground.
  4. Start lifting the bed using the Hi-lo function. When you feel your feet lifting off the ground, scoot further to the edge to maintain good balance and make sure you won't slip off the bed
  5. Continue to lift and scoot until you reach a perched position which allows you to come to a standing position.
  6. You can leave your bed in this position to make it easier to get back into bed or lower it down.

One thing that really sets our Electric Adjustable Beds apart is that they are made right here in Western Australia. This means that you can be assured of quality materials, workmanship and access to advice, parts, modifications and customisations. 

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