How the individual's care is being managed
Choosing the right mattress for the individual may also depend on how their care is being managed. Are they turned regularly? Do they have professional carers or are they being looked after by loved ones? Also, how heavy are they? Is their weight evenly distributed or concentrated in one area of their body? Is shear or friction likely to be an issue when they move?
The individual's microclimate
The individual's micro-climate is another factor to add into the mix. A person’s age, weight, medication, continence and physical environment can all lead to excessive sweating and moisture on the skin. Different mattresses provide different levels of ventilation so think about what level of air flow is required.
Mattresses come with a waterproof, breathable cover. To experience the full benefits these innovative mattresses offer, we recommend covering them with a loose sheet only and avoid adding electric blankets and other layers.
Comfort and the need to alleviate pain
Of course comfort and the need to alleviate pain are both vital considerations. Some mattresses offer more immersion than others. This allows bony prominences to ‘sink’ into the surface. While other mattresses will ‘push back’ against a person’s body weight, offering greater support.
To help find the right support surface for an individual's needs we've put together some selection guides. If you have any questions get in touch and one of the team would be happy to help.