Sleep, Pain, and Peace of MindBy Gilmer, Tim; New Mobility, Vol. 15, No. 126, pp. 28-31
Publication Date: March 2004
Article provides insight into what types of mattresses are the most functional for people with mobility disabilities. Cost effective foam-replacement mattresses at least 4 inches thick are recommended if pressure sores are not prevalent. The MaxiFloat from BG Industries has proven to be effective in hospital and outpatient use. ROHO mattress overlays also offer solid protection and require little or no maintenance. Overlays provide even weight distribution, which can help to prevent pressure sores. The Geo-Matt from Span America Medical Systems is also recommended. The top of the Geo-Matt’s overlay is sliced into a grid pattern that consists of hundreds of individual foam squares that absorb pressure and move independently. Tempur-Medic manufactures “memory foam,” but cost is a factor and the user would need either an open wound or stage II or III pressure sores to qualify under Medicare guidelines. Comfort Direct offers a similar, less expensive product that features a pad made of individual air compartments that adjust to pressure points, which is somewhat similar to the ROHO concept. When aggressive pressure relief is called for, the MicroAir Turn Q is recommended. The Turn Q is a programmable alternating air pressure mattress that turns the sleeper from side to side throughout the night, constantly shifting the pressure to prevent and treat pressure sores. Clients who do not have pressure sores are also recommended to try honeycomb mattresses or a waterbed. Foam pillows are also recommended, as Sleep Innovations makes a memory foam pillow called the Novaform that adjusts to the shape of the users head, neck, and shoulders.
Assistive Products Discussed: MEMORY FOAM CUSHION
GEO-MATT THERAPEUTIC OVERLAY
Published by: No Limits Communications Inc. (Website:http://www.newmobility.com)
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