Do you need to buy a hospital or adjustable bed for your aging parent? Adjustable beds are gaining popularity in many age groups and can be particularly helpful for seniors. An adjustable bed offers many benefits to seniors. They can assist seniors in getting in and out of bed more easily, and they can be positioned in many different ways to help a senior get more comfortable.

During the day, the back of the bed can be lifted which is ideal for those who like to sit up in bed to read, watch TV, or eat more comfortably.

There are numerous models that offer different levels of adjustments for the back, head, knees, etc. so take some time to explore which options are best suited for your needs.

Different adjustments may assist in alleviating heartburn, sleep apnea, chronic pain, and mobility concerns.

It is also important to consider whether the sleeper is a side or stomach sleeper as that may limit the benefits of an adjustable bed during sleep.


What Sizes Are Available?

Adjustable beds come in the same sizes as traditional beds: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King.


Mattress Considerations

It is optimal to get a mattress designed to work with an adjustable bed to prolong the life of the mattress.

Consider the level of softness or firmness desired in the mattress.

Choose the type of mattress. Adjustable mattresses are available in traditional inner spring, latex, memory foam, or air. Latex can be a durable choice, although some people have sensitivities to latex. Memory foam retain heat so can get quite warm. The firmness can be adjusted in an air mattress.

Hospital bed mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable so purchasing a mattress topper can add additional comfort.


Features of Adjustable Beds

There are many different features available on adjustable beds today, so take some time to explore which features are most important for your situation. Some examples:

Remote control
Heating or cooling technology
Vibrating setting
Zero-gravity capabilities
Wireless options
Safety bed rails


Reputable Companies

Reverie – Great high-tech features
Leggett and Platt – Good low-cost option
Nectar – Good return policy
Tempurpedic – Good warranty
Saatva – Many size options
Purple – Luxury and sells both bed/mattress



Medicare Part B may cover the cost of a hospital bed rental if deemed necessary by a physician. Some private insurance may assist in the cost of adjustable beds for seniors, and a tax deduction may be an option if medically necessary.


Additional Considerations

Does delivery of the new bed include assembly of the new bed, disassembly/removal of the old bed?

Does delivery of the new mattress include removal of the old mattress?

How long is the adjustable bed warranty in case any of the electrical parts fail?

What is the return policy?


Adjustable beds can be a helpful addition to an overall care plan for seniors.

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