Buyers Guide for Profiling Beds

So much dazzle and so little detail.

This useful guide, written for busy Care Home Mangers will peel back the covers of the marketers’ brochure and explain in simple language what exactly you need to look for when selecting your next Profiling Bed for your Care Home.

1
Price
Price

Don't let the price blind you, find out what the real long-term cost is with these helpful questions.

2
Delivery
Delivery

Is delivery and installation included within the price, or just delivery? And who delivers the bed, is it a national courier or the suppliers own van and driver?

3
Warranty
Warranty

How long is the warranty, and what does it cover? Does it include the moving parts? And who repairs it if there is a warranty failure?

4
Parts
Parts

If it fails outside of warranty, how much do parts cost? Good comparator would be the cost of a handset.

5
Low Beds
Low Beds

The description 'low' is ambiguous. You say your car is fast, but fast compared with what? Get the facts and establish exactly what they mean when they say 'low' and don't accept anything above a 21cm platform height as a 'low' bed.

6
Max Working Height
Max Working Height

Ensure the platform rises high enough to ensure staff can deliver appropriate care with risk of injury. Reject anything lower than 61cm Max Height.

7
Motors
Motors

Will they be enclosed or on full display. To reduce prices, many manufacturers fail to cover the outside end-boards leaving the electric drive motors on display. Remember, this is a bedroom, not a factory.

8
Side Rails
Side Rails

Are they included within the price? And do they comply with BS EN 60601-2-52:2010?

9
Weight
Weight

What is the max user weight of this bed? With obesity creeping in on us, we are seeing greater demand for bigger capacity. Insist on a minimum of a 28 stone/180KG SWL.

10
Colours
Colours

Do you have any options on the colour, and will it blend with the existing furniture? Beech has historically been the most popular but is rapidly being supplanted by others such as oak and wenge.

"The wrong bed will waste scarce human resources and put them at risk"
Rabbi Julia Neuberger
Former CE, The King's Fund