Online Moving and Assisting of People Level 2 (VTQ)

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The Profile Bed

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Understanding the Features and Functions of Profile Beds or Hospital Beds

This guide is designed to provide an overview of a profile bed or hospital bed, including its various features and how to use them effectively. This specialised equipment is designed to enhance the comfort of individuals who are bed-bound and provide staff with easier access for care provision.

Main Features of a Profile Bed

A profile bed can be adjusted vertically and horizontally, allowing for a range of resting positions. Notable features include:

  • Adjustable height and position: The bed can be moved up and down. It can also elevate the headrest for a seated position, and raise the footrest for leg elevation.
  • Drop sides: This feature provides better access for caregivers.
  • Stability: The bed comes equipped with brakes to ensure it remains stationary when needed.

Operating the Drop Sides of a Profile Bed

To lower the bed's sides, locate the clip that keeps the sides secure. Push in the clip, allowing the side to drop slightly. Repeat the same action on the other side, allowing both sides to drop below the level of the mattress. This position allows optimal access to the individual in the bed.

Adjusting Bed Positions Using Remote Control

The bed comes with a remote control for easy adjustments. Let's explore the possibilities:

Raising the Headrest

For tasks such as administering medication or providing food, raising the headrest can position the individual comfortably upright.

Elevating the Footrest

Some individuals may prefer having their legs slightly elevated. This adjustment can be made at the lower end of the bed, resulting in a slightly reclined seated position.

Adjusting the Bed Height

The bed's height can be adjusted to suit the individual's needs. For instance, if the person can sit on the side of the bed, lower the bed until their feet touch the ground. When using aids such as slide sheets or a hoist sling, raise the bed to about hip height to prevent staff from leaning over excessively.

Utilising the Bed Tilt Function

The bed can also be tilted, raising the head while lowering the legs, and vice versa. This function can assist in sliding a person up the bed, or in certain circumstances, allow the individual to reposition themselves.

Controlling Bed Mobility

Finally, the bed is fitted with four wheels, each of which has a brake. To secure the bed, push down on each wheel's brake mechanism. Ensure the bed is immobile by testing its movement after applying all four brakes.

Understanding and effectively using the features of a profile or hospital bed can greatly improve the comfort and care of individuals who are bed-bound.