Do you have a tall patient who would not fit on the normal mattress size or is your patient at the risk of a bed entrapment where they tend to place their head between the edge of the mattress and the head/footboard? Worry not because with a mattress extender block or a mattress wedge, all your needs are taken care of.
Before we thought about mattress extenders, we always used pillows with our patients. They were however not the best solution since they did not fit well with the mattress. They would also squish easily since they were soft. Getting a pillow that would fit the 35″ width of the bed was also difficult. It is then that someone told me that we could do with mattress extenders and when we bought one, we never looked back.
The mattress extender is a rectangular block of foam that is placed at the end of the head or foot board of a mattress to protect the patient from medical bed entrapment or for taller people who would not fit on the traditional mattress. The mattress extender fits seamless on the bed so that the patient will not feel any discomfort while sleeping. It also makes the mattress non-slip such that it does not move on the bed.
Graham-Field 4INEXT Foam Mattress Extender, 4″ x 35″ x 6″ block
Out of all amazon mattress extender blocks, we found the Graham-Field 4Inext foam mattress extension to be the best for all types of mattresses.
The 4″ block fits seamless with your normal 80″ mattress on an 84″ bed protecting the patient from entrapment as well as for making the mattress hold firmly into place. It would also be great for those tall residents.
The extender is latex free and as such you need not worry of any allergies or irritation caused from using it.
Measures 35 x 6 x 4 inches
Complies with the 16 CFR 1633 requirements
Has a durable Chemsafe cover that is easy to clean, ant-static and bacteria resistant
Mattress Extender 6″x36″x6″
You can never go wrong with the mattress extender 6”x36”x6” that is manufactured by the reputable mattress company Crown Medical. This mattress extender comes while it is covered in a Chemsafe medical grade vinyl cover which is easy to wash and keep clean. The foam and the covers are anti-microbial and are as per the California laws on fire-retardency and as such you need not worry about the safety of your patient.
Mattress Wedge, Queen
Other than a mattress extender, a home care giver can also buy the mattress wedge queen which serves the same purpose of filling the gap between your mattress and the headboard. This way, it prevents the patient from entrapment as well as help them stop losing things when they fall into that gap.
Measures 6 x 6 x 76 inches
As you buy your best mattress as we have guided you in our hospital bed mattress reviews, do not forget to buy either an extender or a mattress wedge to prevent your senior from getting entrapped or for losing their valuables in the space between the mattress and the bed boards.