What to Look for in a Bed
There is a wide range of mattresses and mattress products on the market, making it easier for seniors to find a product that fits their individual needs. The industry has grown rapidly in many different directions, which can make shopping overwhelming But you can start by considering a few key features before you start looking.
Things to consider include:
- Guarantee and Warranty
You’ll find many mattresses on the market that are composed of multiple layers, making them a stark departure from the traditional options. They present value in that they can serve several functions and deal with common issues that directly and negatively impact sleep for aging and elderly individuals. Gel foam, for example, has a cooling effect to help create the right temperature.
The base layers often include high-density foam for support, which can alleviate pain associated with arthritis, osteoporosis, and other spinal issues. The other advantage of this construction is that it will minimize motion detection. If you are a light sleeper, it can prevent you from waking up if you have a restless bed partner.
Common materials you’ll see include memory foam, gel, bamboo, and rubber. Each one has its pros and cons. Many of them are proprietary, so we suggest sticking with practical information such as density, thickness, and specific benefits and features for a better assessment of the quality.
Most products these days are CertiPUR-US Certified, which speaks to a bed’s eco-friendly construction. It’s worth mentioning that products containing latex pose an allergy risk for some individuals. If you have this health condition, pay attention to the list of materials.
Support is the million-dollar question that can mean the difference between an excellent value and wasted money. Generally-speaking, a lot depends on the way you sleep and most people sleep on their sides. That means you’ll need some cushioning along with some firmness to keep you from sinking into the mattress.
It’s an important issue if you have arthritis, osteoporosis, or another condition that may affect your sleep. If you have back pain, for example, you’ll need a firmer mattress that won’t create pressure points on your body. Foam materials offer a significant advantage in this regard, making them ideal for aging adults
Guarantee and Warranty
With the right product, you can get up to 10 years out of your purchase. However, sometimes it isn’t a good fit and that’s where a guarantee and warranty can make a significant difference.
Many smaller companies have come into play, offering direct-to- consumer sales and superior service on all fronts. They have changed the industry with a move away from brick-and-mortar stores and big brand names like Serta. Instead, you’ll find manufacturers that will deliver your mattress to your door and some may offer additional services like the removal of the old bed or pickup of a returned product.
You may also get a guarantee of 100 or more nights so that you can test drive the product. Most companies suggest giving it about two weeks to one month before you decide. It’ll give you time to evaluate the construction of the product and how well you sleep. If an uncomfortable mattress was your primary reason for a change, it’s worthwhile to opt for a new one that offers this opportunity.
Warranties range from one year all the way up to 25. The latter is overkill since you probably won’t have a mattress for that long anyway. Ten years is average for most products. However, pay close attention to the details. Many have specific conditions that you must meet to make a claim such as regular turning.
We strongly urge you to read the terms before you buy any product to avoid any nasty surprises.
Many times, it boils down to the price, especially if you’re on a fixed income. The best beds for seniors can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand. However, don’t let it be your only consideration, particularly if you have chronic pain. The value of a good night’s sleep is priceless.
Look at it this way. You’ll like spend a third of your life in bed. Therefore, it makes sense to invest in something that will keep you comfortable. Remember that how well you sleep has a direct impact on your quality of life, physically and mentally. If money is an issue, ask about financing so that you can get the right product for you.