Cerebral Palsy

Patients with cerebral palsy (CP) have unique healthcare needs due to their neurological condition, which affects muscle control and movement. The specific bed functions required for individuals with cerebral palsy may vary depending on their age, severity of symptoms, and functional limitations. Here are some bed functions that can be beneficial for patients with cerebral palsy as well as which beds we at Centrobed will recommend:

Adjustable Bed Height: An adjustable bed height is crucial for ease of transfer, whether it’s for getting in and out of bed independently or for assisting caregivers and healthcare providers during daily care activities. Cerebral Palsy affects every age group, we look to offer extremely customised beds to both young and old customers. For example our paediatric Quoddy bed offers extreme customisation as well as extreme comfort – this bed has the ability to grow with the young person as we offer 2 further extensions which increase the length of the bed, reducing the cost for any new equipment as well as customised headboards and side railings.

Full Profiling Options: A bed with full profiling features allows for the adjustment of the head, foot, and overall height of the bed. This is beneficial for various reasons:

  • Positioning for Comfort: Patients with CP often have unique comfort preferences. Full profiling allows them to find the most comfortable position for resting, reading, or engaging in activities.
  • Assistance with Mobility: Patients with more severe CP may require assistance with mobility and transfers. Full profiling can facilitate these movements and make it easier for caregivers to provide care.

Side Rails: Retractable side rails can help prevent accidental falls and provide additional support for patients with cerebral palsy, especially those who may experience muscle spasms, tremors, or involuntary movements. We highly recommend to any customer that they purchase side rails with any of our beds to greatly reduce the chance of injury.

Pressure-Relief Mattress: Patients with CP may spend extended periods in bed due to mobility limitations. A pressure-relief mattress helps distribute body weight more evenly, reducing the risk of pressure ulcers, which can be a concern. Not only do we offer such mattress’ we also offer further pressure relieving functions such as our automatic turning box.

Tilt-in-Space Functionality: Some beds offer a tilt-in-space feature, which tilts the entire bed frame backward or forward. We call this feature a Trendelenburg Feature This feature can be helpful for:

  • Pressure Sore Prevention: Regularly changing the patient’s position can help prevent pressure sores, although we recommend an automatic turning function in comparison to this for pressure sore prevention, it is greatly more effective and comforting for customers with CP .
  • Respiratory Support: Tilting the bed can improve lung function and assist with secretion management for patients with CP who may have difficulty clearing secretions.

Customisable Settings: Our beds allow for customisable settings, such as pre-programmed positions or memory settings, can make it easier for patients with CP to achieve their preferred bed configurations independently, simply by the press of a button. These pre-programmed features all come with our auto turning function box.

Bariatric Options: Thankfully at Centrobed we look to offer a range of diverse products. Patients with CP who are overweight or obese, we are able to offer bariatric hospital bed models with higher weight capacities such as our Tungsten Elite Bed which has a weight capacity of 80 STONE!

It’s important to note that the specific bed functions required for patients with cerebral palsy can vary based on their individual needs and functional abilities. Healthcare professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, should be involved in assessing the patient’s requirements and recommending the most suitable bed features to enhance their comfort, safety, and quality of life. This is why at Centrobed we offer free trials and consultations with one of our highly experienced sales consultants across the UK.