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    Uncomfortable air mattress

    Hello everyone,

    I recently bought an adjustable bed with an alternating air mattress. I'm finding it very uncomfortable when it's switched on as it digs into my back when it moves. It really is quite painful across my back. Any ideas or suggestions that might help?
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    Hi Dilly,

    Firstly, I am sorry you had to buy both a bed and a mattress - you shouldn't have to...

    Is the mattress weight adjustable? Pressure adjustable? Overlay or full system?

    If you don't know, perhaps tell us what mattress it is and we can look it up and see what it's meant to do.

    Did your Nurse or OT have any input into choosing a particular mattress, as there are different types for differing pressure relief needs.

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    Hi Dilly,

    I have zero experience with air pressure mattresses but they should have been provided for you free if needed.

    I know some have a on function that keeps it inflated and I wonder if you got on it in that mode first and then choose a different setting.

    Do you need a alternating air mattress, if not a normal one or a memory foam one might be better. Again, you can get a memory foam one free.

    Love Terry

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    Hi Terry, we have a profile bed given us, the nhs supplied us with a memory mattress, I don't think its suitable for severe cases of mnd, my wife wakes up in pain, I then have to get up and move her about, we do have a bed in the front room supplied by the nhs, its to awkward to get up stairs with it as the stair lift is in the way, hoping downstairs wetroom and bedroom will get started soon and will use it in there.

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    Hello Terry,
    It is interesting that the mattress should be provided for free. How would I go about getting one if I need it in future?
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    Last edited by Kayleigh; 4th December 2018 at 18:52.
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    Hi Kayleigh;

    I think that your district nurse arranges for hospital type beds and suitable mattresses. I would ask your OT or any professional that deals with you if that's right and to get a connection.

    Most things can be provided free. Your wheelchair should have been, you needed one because I think that you bought one.

    Love Terry

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    Hi Santa,

    Thanks for the very helpful advice.

    In future I am going to check with my OT if I can get any equipment such as the bed/mattress for free before going ahead and buying it.
    I was provided with a manual wheelchair and I was told that I could only get an electric one if I couldn't walk with a rollator (which I can, but I bought the electric wheelchair because it is less tiring and gives me more independence). We do not seem to get a list of equipment that will be provided free for us, if needed in future. This makes it difficult to know what I can ask for. I also don't like asking for things in case I am told 'no' because I would find that embarrassing. That is why it is so helpful of you and others on this forum when you let us know about what should be provided, if we ask - thank you!

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    Dilly, you find the classic Hospital bed very comfortable. I was given one over two years ago by my local council. They also put in ceiling hoist but luckily still able use sit to stand hoist. The also provided very good J2 wheelchair which I sit in all day. Best wishes John

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    Hi Kayleigh;

    Everyone has different needs and different time lines. We also have different specialists and different local authorities with different priorities.

    This means that not everyone gets the same but the Mnda are trying to level things out and there should be able to get many things. Some areas things can take to get, even getting to see the right person to order what you need can take months in some cases. If then they haven't got the budget, then even more time is wasted.

    I found the hospice very handy for help and being pointed in the right direction. They also have there own specialists, so they can order stuff, short cutting the system.

    Love Terry

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    Hi terry, we were supplied with a riser recliner from the mnda, not a new one but ok, we had a letter of the mnda saying they are giving the chair to us, Meaning we have to maintain it now, i think to reduce costs, it was delivered, after they left we found a foot missing, i rang them up and said i could put one on if they sent one in the post, they said no and will send someone with one, travel from the midlands to colwyn bay with a foot that i could have fitted, how much did that cost? no wonder the mnda are giving the chairs away, why could they not use local people?

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