Step by Step Guide to Choose the Right Bariatric Mattress for Obese People

by John Twin Manager
Bed mattresses for obese and heavy people need to be different in construction and offer a great amount of comfort. For obvious reasons, proper bariatric mattresses and products designed for heavy people must be utilized. Whether buying a bariatric bed mattress for a loved one at home or purchasing for use at a healthcare facility, certain criteria must be followed. 
Here’s the step-by-step guide that will help with making the right decision in this regard.

1. Check the bariatric mattress specifications
A bariatric mattress is specifically designed to support weights over 250 lbs and also owns the feature of providing extra comfort such as an overlay mattress provides. Having said that, these can also be used for average BMI. Heavy, overweight, and obese only reflect that an individual is not ordinarily weighed, which means that most bed mattresses won’t provide them with the comfort they need. As a result of lack of proper equipment, these individuals can develop bed sores, or worse, if they are bedridden.

2. Don’t always go for the best-seller or top-rated products
When making a purchase for a medical facility, you cannot simply search the internet and make a decision. There are several factors to consider, which is why consulting a professional company with a history of manufacturing and supplying a broad range of medical equipment is the best course of action. You may consult Medtrica for customization of products as per the institution’s requirements.

3. Best bariatric products for the budget
Even a medical institution runs on a fixed budget, for this reason, customizing your bariatric products as per requirements and regulations of your facility is a smart way to work. Some manufacturers of medical equipment extend their services in this manner for higher customer satisfaction and a long-term relationship so both stands to gain from this type of deal.

4. Get the right thickness
For anyone over 200 lbs, the mattress thickness should not be less than 10 inches. Although this thickness, in turn, can be attained by multiple layers. For an added comfort, a mattress foam topper with another 4” thickness would most certainly offer the best sleep and relaxation to a bedridden individual.

5. Check for firmness, edge support, and ventilation of the bariatric bed mattress
A medium to the medium firm would hold good unless advised to use a firm mattress by a doctor. The latter is mostly good for those who have had a slip-disk injury or similar back problems in the past.
Edge support is yet another determining factor to ensure that these do not collapse due to the excess weight.
The best mattress for heavy people must also offer ventilation since the obese or overweight tend to sweat more than others even during sleep. So the mattress should not trap heat and make their sleep uncomfortable.

6. Pay attention to the different types available
Bariatric bed mattresses can be of many types- memory foam, gel, air mattress, etc. Depending upon your institution’s requirements, it’s best to get some of them to cater this section of individuals as well.

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