Special Needs Beds are durable and comfortable beds for children with special needs, disabled, medically fragile and people who just need additional security during sleep and night time hours. These beds are ideal for children with cerebral palsy, autism, down’s syndrome, Angelman's syndrome and developmental disabilities.
Need a bed for your special needs child?
Getting a quality sleep every night is important for all of us, but even more so for children according to The Sleep Council. It’s while they’re asleep that their bodies grow and develop, the brain makes sense of the day’s activities and gets their emotions in check.
Important things to consider when picking a bed for your child.
Types of children’s beds
As children are notoriously difficult to get to sleep, there are all sorts of different beds available to encourage them to want to go to bed. From standard ground-level beds, to bunk beds and cabin beds – there are a wide variety of designs and some of them can even be configured differently to offer multiple sleeping options. Bed foundations needs to be selected for your needs.
Standard /Manual BedsThese beds have fixed foundation with a fixed height and NO articulation or HI-LO features. The mattress will lie flat on a box spring. Depending on the bed model chosen, you will have more than one choice for positioning that fixed height. Sleepsafe beds offer four height options – BASIC, Low Bed, Medium and Tall Bed. Standard fixed surface bed assures safety for children with special needs, non-ambulatory, medically fragile and people who just need additional security during sleep and nighttime hours.
These beds come in both electric and manual articulating feature. Either height or platform (the head and/or knee section of the bed) or both can be adjusted with given cranks or via remote. A fully electric bed has fixed height and electric frame. This reduces the risk of your child’s arm or leg getting entrapped. These are best choice for kids receiving in-home nursing care, without bed looking like scary hospital bed.
Height of mattress
Consider a mattress height that will comfortably and safely transfer the special needs child to a wheelchair or other device for therapy.
Number of bed accessories including bed rails (adjustable/removable), overbed tables for snacks, and trapezes which assist with transfers. Beds accessories help complete your homecare environment, making it more comfortable and functional.
Space exists between the mattress and bed
Entrapment is a very real concern. It is simply the term meaning the patient has gotten some part of himself stuck or “trapped” in or on any portion of the bed. The FDA in conjunction with other research has determined these areas of entrapment are safety risks to the patient and care needs to be given to minimize or eradicate those risks.
SleepSafe Beds are designed so that the space between the side rails, head boards and foot boards and the mattress is nearly non-existent even when the mattress is compressed.
FDA's Potential Zones of EntrapmentThis guidance describes seven zones in the hospital bed system where there is a potential for patient entrapment. Entrapment may occur in flat or articulated bed positions, with the rails fully raised or in intermediate positions. Descriptions of the seven entrapment zones appear below.