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Thinking about how you use your bedroom

Finding the right equipment can make life easier for you.

Bed rails

Attaches to a bed and offers support to a person when trying to climb in and out of bed. Some rails are not suitable for use on slatted beds therefore always check the suitability of rail.

Bed raisers

Fit underneath a bed in order to raise the height of it. Some raisers require the castors of the bed to be removed whereas others the castors will fit into.

Transfer board

A smooth board that enables a person to slide from one surface to another. The surfaces need to be at equal heights.


A mobile device that can be used to enable a person to be physically lifted and moved from one position to another without the need to stand. Consider the surface that the hoist needs to be pushed on. It is recommended that a mobile hoist requires 2 carers to safely use it.


A person is lifted in a hoist using a sling. It is essential that a sling is compatible with the hoist that it is intended to be used with, is the correct size and is appropriate for the type of transfer that it will undertaking.

Mattress elevator

Helps you to sit up or lie down in bed

Motion detector

Detects when you get out of bed and monitors wandering

Pillow/ cushion

Comfortable and hygienic pillows and cushions

Bed/mattress protector cover

Covers and protectors for your bed

Bed pads

Continence protection for the bed

Rope ladder - positioning aid

Attaches under the legs or castors at the end of a bed and allows you to pull yourself upright into a sitting position without assistance

Back rest

To help you sit comfortably in bed


Tray and overbed tables ideal for eating, drinking and other activities in bed


Includes dementia care day/night clocks and bed shaker alarm clocks


Helpful for anyone with limited vision helping to relieve eyestrain and headaches


To be used with bed rails to help prevent entrapment and reduce risk of injury from the rails

Sock helper

Helps people with limited strength or difficulty bending to pull on socks, stockings or tights more easily

Last updated: 8/15/2022