Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints. It occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, which is the lining of the membranes surrounding the joints. This immune response leads to inflammation, joint pain, and damage, often extending to other parts of the body.

RA is characterized by its chronic and progressive nature, with varying severity and progression from person to person.

Common symptoms of RA include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced joint mobility. It can also result in systemic symptoms, such as fatigue and fever. Over time, RA can lead to joint deformities and disability. Early diagnosis and appropriate management, including medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments, can help manage RA and improve the quality of life for individuals living with this condition.

Centrobed’s Bed Functions for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):

Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis often have specific healthcare needs related to joint pain, stiffness, and mobility challenges. The choice of bed functions for these patients should prioritize their comfort, safety, and support for managing symptoms related to joint health and overall well-being. Here are some bed functions and considerations that may be beneficial for patients with RA:

  1. Adjustable Bed Height: An adjustable bed height allows patients to get in and out of bed more easily, making transfers and daily activities more manageable, especially during episodes of joint pain and stiffness. A large number of our beds here at Centrobed have a feature which can raise/lower the height of the beds – which greatly assists with getting in and out of bed.
  2. Full Profiling Options: Full profiling capabilities, including adjustable head and foot sections, provide flexibility for patients with RA to find comfortable positions for resting, reading, or engaging in activities. Adjustable positions can help relieve pressure on affected joints. The Jupiter Profiling Bed is our best example of our beds profiling abilities – this 4 section bed offers the previously mentioned High/Low feature as well as knee break, head up, raise legs and Trendelenburg which can easily offer the most comfortable position.
  3. Pressure-Relief Mattress: A pressure-relief mattress helps distribute body weight evenly, reducing the risk of pressure sores and enhancing comfort during sleep, particularly for individuals with limited mobility and joint pain. We are able to offer a range of mattresses which can assist with removing pressure from the patient. We are also able to offer pressure reducing beds – such as our Arctic turning bed which is able to automatically turn the patient throughout the night with care and efficiency.
  4. Central Locking System: A central locking system for the bed’s wheels ensures stability during care activities and minimizes the risk of unintended bed movement, which can be disruptive and unsafe for patients with RA. Our bed’s do have lockable wheels to reduce the risk of any movement throughout the night or sudden jolts which may cause extreme discomfort.
  5. Battery Backup: In case of power outages, battery backup ensures that essential bed functions remain operational, maintaining patient comfort and safety.

It’s crucial to involve healthcare professionals, including rheumatologists and physical therapists, in assessing the patient’s specific needs and recommending the most suitable bed and equipment to enhance their comfort, safety, and quality of life while living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please contact a member of our sales team here to discuss your condition and how we can help you further!