Mattress Extenders and Wedges To prevent Bed Entrapment

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.

ItemProsCons
Mattress Extender 6"x36"x6"
-Does not squish easily
Has a non-skid bottom
-Appears uniform with the mattress
Most amazon customers complain of it being expensive
Graham-Field 4INEXT Foam Mattress Extender, 4" x 35" x 6" block

-Clean
-Non-allergenic since it is latex free
-Has no odor
-Soft material
Squishes easily and after sometimes you find that you do not have a level bed
As Seen On TV FBA_MWG004KR Mattress Wedge, King
-Has side pockets for storage of your valuables that you want close at night
-Machine washable
-Has no odor
-Other than prevent entrapment this wedge holds thing from falling into the gap.
-Squishes easily with time
Mattress Wedge, Queen

-Helps those snoring since their head is raised a little up. It acts more of a pillow-Squishes with time
Mattress Wedge with Cover and Remote/Cell Phone Holder (KING)
-Has side pockets for storage
-Raises the head of the patient a little and so no need for pillows
-Lightweight in density and so would squish with time.

 

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.

mattress extender block

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.

Features

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

 

What we Loved about this mattress extender

Just like the foam mattress, the extender block comes with a easy to clean, non-allergenic cover and as such you need not worry that your patient will get infections or skin irritations from it.

The extender is latex free and did not have any odor. We were able to use it the very day that it arrived from Amazon.

Our overall objective was to get something that would stop any form of bed entrapment when the patient lies their head between the edge of the mattress and the head/foot board. We were able to nail this with the Graham extender.

Soft material. The tall patients said that they noted no difference since it was as comfortable as the mattress itself.

You need not worry about losing your pillows again since the extender fits the gap so that the pillow is yours to rest on and not to fill headboard and mattress gaps.

 

What we did not like about it

The foam material squishes easily with time. So not very durable especially for tall patients who sleep on it for the better part of the day.

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.

 

What We Liked about it

The mattress extender 6”x36”x6” was hard and would not squish easily. It promised of a long-lasting life. The foam was high compression polyurethane.

Crown Medical promises of getting you just the right fit of extender depending on your need. So you can always measure your hospital bed and send in the sizes so that they can check whether they have what you want.

The bottom of the extender block is non-skid and as such you need not worry of it skidding away under the patient.

With the right match of the extender, one needs not know that you have elongated your mattress since when I placed a bed sheet on the mattress, it appeared uniform all through from the mattress to the extender.

Other than being easy to wash, the vinyl top cover was durable and would stay for long before I had to buy another one.

Other than accommodating my tall patient to fit on the bed, the extender was also good in protecting them from entrapment as well as keeping accessories such as books, pens and phones on the bed without falling between the wide space between the bed and the headboard.

 

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.

Features

Measures 6 x 6 x 76 inches

Machine washable

 

What we liked about it

Easy to clean

Has no odor

Solves bed entrapment between mattress and headboard

Made of high density foam so it does not squish easily.

 

As Seen On TV FBA_MWG004KR Mattress Wedge, King

As Seen On TV FBA_MWG004KR Mattress Wedge, King

Features

Measures 76″ long X9″ wideX6 high

Machine washable

Has pockets on the side for storage

Cotton cover

What we Liked About it

Other than serving the purpose of preventing bed entrapment, this wedge was also good as a pillow since it was slightly higher than the mattress. The patient was therefore able to lie on it.

One of our patients had snoring problems and after recommending this, we found that they stopped snoring altogether due to the elevation from the mattress.

The side pockets came in handy for keeping the patient’s ward rounds sheet as well as their personal diaries, pens and mobile phones.

What We didn’t Like about it

The cotton cover made the wedge dirtify easily. We had to clean it daily to remove the sweat and drool.

Mattress Wedge with Cover and Remote/Cell Phone Holder (KING)

Mattress Wedge with Cover and Remote/Cell Phone Holder (KING)

Features

Measures 76″ in length and fits well your bed width

Light weight

What We Liked About it

We loved it because of the side pockets to hold your valuables in one place at night

What we Didn’t Like About it

The foam is light weight density and squishes easily with time

Guide on choosing your Wedge and Matress Extender

So what are the pointers to look out for as you choose your best mattress extender and wedge.

Density

High density extenders and wedges are going to last for long giving you value for your money. At the same time,they will not squish easily so the bed occupant is able to lie their head on a level or even raised ground. It would be senseless to have a high density mattress but an extender that squishes or sinks anytime you lie your head on it. It would be uncomfortable, right?

Washability

A good extender or wedge should be easy to clean. I like the vinyl covered ones since all you have to do is remove the vinyl cover, wipe it clean and then replace it. The cotton ones on the other hand though soft are not really good since you will have to clean every day off the sweat and drool. It will also take sometime for the cotton material to dry.

Durability

Get a durable one that is going to last for long. Extenders and wedges are not things that you want to buy after every one month, are they?

Efficacy

The item you buy should be working to prevent bed entrapment. If it always falls through the gap, then you got scammed and should return it.

Versatility

I like wedges because other than use it to prevent entrapment, you are also able to use them as pillows

Odorless, non-allergenic and fire retardant

You do not want anything that smells of latex or is allergenic, do you? At the same time, the material needs be fire retardant so that in case of a fire outbreak, it does not catch fire easily.

Wrap up

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.