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A Quick and Simple Mattress and Bedding Guide for People with Disabilities


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There is an Irish proverb that states “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything” and we agree! Unfortunately for some the idea of a good night’s sleep is merely a dream. People who struggle with pain find that getting decent quality sleep is far from easy.

So, what are the options? How can we make that more than a possibility and for many make it an actual reality? At Hello Mobility we do all that we can to provide a wide range of beds and mattresses that do in fact do that.

There has been lots of research looking into the various effects of sleep deprivation. We are interested in cases of people with different disabilities. Chronic pain was amongst the effects of poor-quality sleep so a bit of a chicken and egg situation. Migraines, circadian rhythm disorders, and other severe health issues, all related to a lack of proper rest. There is widespread agreement that addressing the sleep issues of people with disabilities can improve mood and physical well-being.

Let’s go through some of the options available and some tips on how to get a great nights sleep!

While a positive attitude is vital, it is understood that disabilities impact people in different ways. One crucial element of life which can be affected is sleep. We know that almost every disability diagnosed can lead to some sleep disorder. The results of this will vary from one person to another.

The sleep industry offers plenty of specialized beds, mattresses, bedding accessories. These pieces of equipment and functional devices help people with disabilities improve their sleep quality.


Cool Balance Support Mattress

  • Cool Balance Support Mattresses are usually an adjustable mattress purpose built electric adjustable beds. They can also be used on traditional beds. The mattress is designed to help regulate the body temperature while you sleep with the help of Cool Gel infused Memory foam. The memory foam moulds to support your body and relieves pressure points on your body whilst the Gel infusion keeps you cool, giving you a perfect night’s sleep. The iCare ActiveX in soft, medium and firm are very popular along with the Cool Balance. Both have cooling gel and the iCare is also High risk rated.

Medical Grade Mattresses for Home

Air mattresses

  • They are designed to improve blood circulation and maximize comfort while sleeping. They can also help to prevent conditions that may occur when someone is forced into extended bed rest.

Memory Foam mattresses

  • Memory foam or latex mattresses create an outlined surface which helps relieve pressure points. This makes them ideal for people with specific physical disabilities and needs.


Adjustable beds

  • The majority of adjustable beds are electric. Often, they will have adjustable head and feet positions. They will usually come with an easy to use remote to control them. This means that virtually anyone can adjust the position and sleeping angle with the minimum of effort. Some models such as the Smartflex 3 bed[GS4]  come complete with the added luxury of under-bed LED lighting and USB charging ports.

Low-profile beds

  • Low-profile beds are designed to be closer to the floor. That ensures that people need not worry about the height and helps them be more relaxed when getting in and out. Some also offer a whole of bed tilt feature (Trendelenburg position) providing relief for poor circulation or fluid retention in the legs. They are also a great option for those who may roll or fall out of bed because of their disability.

Other accessories

Bed rails

  • They provide a place to hold while getting in and out of bed and turning during the night and can provide a barrier to prevent falls. They come in all shapes and sizes. It is best to speak to someone experienced and knowledgeable to help work out the best option for you.


  • The purpose of these steps is to assist the people who need help getting out or into bed, lying down, or sitting.

Neck pillows

  • With a crucial role in the sleep habits of people with disabilities, neck pillows add the finishing touch to your bed. Manufactured from memory foam or other supportive materials. Neck pillows are ergonomically designed to be beneficial to those with chronic pains.

With many years of experience behind us, we believe that the best solution is for people with a disability would be to combine various sleeping-aid items. Speak to someone who can guide you towards the best options for your circumstances. It may be that a particular type of bed with a specific mattress is exactly what you need. Only someone who understands your needs will be able to help you choose the most appropriate one for you. We want you or the ones in your care to enjoy a safe, healthy rest, which will undoubtedly increase their quality of life.

To contact us direct please email us here or call us on (07) 3350 5522. We would welcome the opportunity to introduce you to our range and help you to Live without Limits! We have a fully mocked-up showroom in Kedron and can also arrange in-home demonstrations.