Choosing Your Bed

When choosing a SleepSafe® Bed, we want you and your loved ones to rest in a comfortable and safe environment, so with the advice from care giving professionals and listening to the needs of our clients, SleepSafe® Beds, has created durable medical equipment (DME) safety bed, that meets or exceeds the FDA guidelines on entrapment and falls.

Choice #1 – Which SleepSafe® bed model will suit your needs?

Our durable medical equipment (DME) safety beds have one distinct difference — the HEIGHT OF THE SAFETY RAIL PROTECTION above the mattress. This choice should be made based on the activity level of the user. How active are they? How much safety rail above the mattress is needed? Can they sit up? Can they pull to kneel or stand in the bed? Keeping this in mind will help you and your doctor determine which bed is most appropriate. Also, you will need to order your bed with or without padding.

It is important to also consider TRANSFER HEIGHT.

• The SleepSafe® – BASIC Bed transfer height is 21¼”.
• The SleepSafe® – Low Bed transfer height is 22½”.
• The SleepSafe® II- Medium Bed transfer height is 32½”.
• The SleepSafer® – Tall Bed transfer height is 26½”.

For a complete comparison of bed models, please visit our SleepSafe® Bed Specifications.

As shown, each bed offers increased safety rail height and level of protection. When you line the 3 different beds side by side you will see that each one gets taller than the next.

Choice #2 – What features or functions do you need in a foundation?

Every durable medical equipment (DME) SleepSafe® Bed includes a foundation that supports the mattress. The following foundations are available for SleepSafe®  Safety Beds:

• FIXED Foundation
• MANUAL Foundation
• ARTICULATED Foundation
• HI-LO Foundation

Select the features and functions that will best suit your needs.

• FIXED FOUNDATION offers a foundation with a fixed height and NO articulation. The mattress will lie flat on a box spring or bunkie board. Depending on the bed model chosen, you will have more than one choice for positioning that fixed height at the time of installation.

• The SleepSafe® – BASIC Bed offers 2 different fixed height options. Box spring only.
• The SleepSafe® – Low Bed
 offers 2 different fixed height options.
• The SleepSafe® II- Medium Bed offers 3 different fixed height options.
• The SleepSafer® – Tall Bed offers 3 different fixed height options.

The height/positioning choice you make when installing the fixed foundation will determine the height of safety rail protection above the mattress. Example, if you choose to install at the lower position, this will increase the height of protection above the mattress. You may change the height of your fixed foundation at any time.

NOTE: You have a choice when choosing the Fixed foundation of a box spring or bunkie board. There is NO cost or comfort difference between the two options. The only difference in the two is the depth of each. A bunkie board offers approximately 5″ more of safety rail protection.

 NEW! MANUAL FOUNDATION offers four choices. The hand cranks use a hydraulic system and are easy to use with little effort by the operating caregiver.

  1. Manual Hi-Low Foundation without the Articulating feature. This will raise and lower the mattress height with one crank located in the front panel of the bed below the safety rail.
  2. Manual Articulating Foundation without the Hi-Lo feature. This will raise and lower the head and/or knee section of the bed with a combination of two cranks located in the front panel of the bed below the safety rail.
  3. Electric Articulating Foundation with Manual Hi-Lo. This will raise and lower the head and/or knee section of the bed
  4. Manual Hi-Low Foundation with the Articulating feature. This will raise and lower the mattress height and raise and lower the head and knee section of the bed with a combination of three cranks located in the front panel of the bed below the safety rail.  With a hydraulic system, the hand cranks are easy to use with minimal effort by the caregiver.

 

• ARTICULATED FOUNDATION offers an electric frame with a fixed height. This foundation features head and knee elevation by remote control. With the touch of a button, you can elevate the head and/or knee section of the bed. As in the Fixed foundation, there are more than one height positions to choose at time of installation.

The height/positioning choice you make when installing the Articulated foundation will determine the height of safety rail protection above the mattress. Example, if you choose to install at the lower position, this will increase the height of protection above the mattress. You may change the height of your fixed foundation at any time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Remote Controls for Electric Foundations: The articulated electric frame has a WIRELESS remote control. The WIRELESS remote control has a 250 foot range where the radio frequency operates a bed. This can be an issue if a SECOND articulated bed in the same home, especially if beds are used a multi-bed facility. One remote will operate another bed if within 250 feet.

• HI-LO FOUNDATION offers a Hi-Lo electric frame as your foundation with FULL articulation. Not only does the head and knee section elevate, but the Hi-Lo feature allows the mattress surface to be raised or lowered by remote control. This is considered a fully electric bed. Depending on where you position the mattress within the frame will determine the amount of safety rail protection above the mattress. When lowered all the way down you will maximize the rail height above the mattress. As you begin to raise the mattress from the floor, you will decrease that safety rail height above the mattress. With the Hi-Lo foundation, you can position the mattress anywhere within the range of motion of the frame.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Hi-Lo electric foundation has a WIRED remote control on a cord plugged into the bed and does NOT operate more than one bed. No problem to have multiple beds in one space.

Choice #3 – What bed size is most appropriate?

The following durable medical equipment (DME) bed sizes are available for SleepSafe® Beds. Mattresses support up to 350 lbs.

• TWIN offers a standard twin bed size. Mattress size is 37″ by 77″.
ALL twin sized beds are available with fixed or electric foundations.

• FULL offers a standard full bed size. Mattress size is 51″ by 77″.
ALL full sized beds are available with fixed or electric foundations.

• QUEEN offers a standard queen bed size. Mattress size is 60″ by 77″.
ALL queen sized beds are available with fixed or electric foundations.

Choice #4 – What wood finish would compliment your room best?

The following wood choices are available for all SleepSafe® Beds. Please note that our beds are made with natural wood with a clear finish. We do not use a stain or paint, allowing the natural beauty of the wood shine through a protective clear finish.

• MAPLE is the lightest of wood choices and shows very little wood grain.

• OAK 
is a bit darker than the maple, but relatively light in color and shows more natural wood grain.

• CHERRY 
is slightly darker than Maple and Oak but again, is still relatively light in color. Many people tend think of the dark cherry stain when thinking of cherry, but remember this is the natural wood with no stain finish, however, over time, cherry wood will darken naturally over the years.

• MAHOGANY 
is the darkest of the wood choices. We us an African Mahogany which is naturally lighter than typical Mahogany and will vary in color. The color may darken with time.  We clear coat the wood to bring out the wood’s beautiful grain.

• MIXED or SOLID COLORS are now available! The colors of the bed components can be mixed an matched for the combination of your choice. Colors include solid White, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, Orange,  Purple and Black. All leg posts are available in Maple only. Leg posts are not available in colors. Contact us or talk to your local distributor for details.

Choice #5 – Do you need any additional accessories?

• PADDING: Very Important : When ordering your bed, you will need to order your SleepSafe Bed with or without padding depending on your needs. Our beds are now sized and manufactured accordingly. It is important to make this determination when you order your bed as retrofitting your bed in the future will be costly. If you order padding, it will be installed at the factory and will cover ALL four sides. Padding only one or two sides is NOT an option.

If you order padding with your bed it is very important to follow our recommendations by NEVER using the bed if you have removed one or more of the pads. If you remove ANY of the pads, a gap will be created between the mattress and the sides of the bed potentially creating a risk for entrapment.

MESH SCREENED WINDOWS INSTALLED IN THE SAFETY RAILS instead of the traditional clear windows.

• IV POLE can be installed anywhere on the footboard or headboard. It is a 30 inch stainless steel pole with 2 ram hooks.

• MEDICAL TUBING can be accessed through a 2″ by 18″ vertical hole cut from the headboard.

• HEADBOARD WINDOW is available for installation in the headboard.

• FOOTBOARD WINDOW is available for installation in the footboard.

• EXTENDED ENCLOSURE – OPEN will add 16¾” of safety height to our SleepSafer® Bed

• EXTENDED ENCLOSURE – CLOSED will add a top securely onto the Extended Enclosure.

• DUAL VIEW SAFETY RAILS for HIGH BED offers 2 additional safety rails, replacing the solid wood panel on the standard SleepSafer high bed, allowing access from both sides of the bed.

ALL beds include the following items:

1. SleepSafe® Bed model of choice (Low, Medium or Tall)
2. Premium Mattress: Our technically advanced mattress provides remarkable comfort and support. Covered in fluid-resistant, anti-microbial/anti-bacterial, fire-retardant stretch Nylon fabric, the mattress provides unique comfort zones for support and pressure relief.
3. Locking Casters
4. Foundation of choice: Box spring or bunkie board (Fixed models), manual crank (Articulated), or electric frame (Articulated or HiLo models).
5. Standard shipping within the 48 continental United States. (Excludes Alaska and Hawaii)

All of our beds are custom built to order. It is important to order the correct bed the first time. If you are still unsure about which bed model is right for you, please call us directly, toll free, 866-852-2337 so we may help you make the right choice. Thank you!