Inflatable mattresses for home use to prevent bed sores - page 2

My friend has terminal cancer. He spends all day at home in bed. He is not able to lay on his sides so he lays flat all day. I am thinking of buying him one of those $100 inflatable air mattresses... Read More

  1. by   NRSKarenRN
    Airobed overtop mattress will make getting in and out of bed impossible.
    Mattress that recirculates air pressure best bet if lives alone and minimal help / lack desire to turn and shift weight. They can be rented through DME company if doen't qualify via health insurance. Item linked is great product, waffle mattress comes second, 4# foam mattress if other mattress not desired by pt.

    Hospice = comfort care and symptom management, just not pain mgmt along with making the most out of every day. Nothing shoved down anyone's throat and offer tons of caring options. Highly recommmend program so they can LIVE their remaining life.

    PM me if more info desired.
  2. by   mikethern
    <<< Airobed overtop mattress will make getting in and out of bed impossible. >>>

    Actually, the mattress has a hand-held control that inflates and deflates electrically. I told him to deflate to make getting in and out of bed easier. Then inflate when he is on the mattress.
  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Easier said than done. If he doesn't want to turn on side, most likely won't use controls.....20 years homecare talking here.
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Airobed overtop mattress will make getting in and out of bed impossible.
    Mattress that recirculates air pressure best bet if lives alone and minimal help / lack desire to turn and shift weight.
    I second that!

    We get some patients on these Bariatric-II beds and they are so completely awesome! I had one who had MRSA, a decub-pressure ulcer on buttocks with wound vac - and her back was in so much better shape than the ones we had one air-mattresses alone....

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