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5 Tips For Choosing The Right Pressure Redistributing Mattress

Tips from 'Passionate People' - Invacare Europe's Blog

Choosing the right pressure redistribution mattress can be a challenge. We would highly recommend working with your health care professional to choose the best mattress for your needs, especially if you have existing pressure sores. Here are the top 5 tips to consider:

  1. Skin Assessment - Your healthcare professional can assess your skin's current condition using a standard risk assessment tool like the Braden scale.
  2. Type of Pressure Redistributing Mattress - Options range from static mattresses (like foam/air/gel) to hybrids and alternating pressure/low air loss.
  3. Functional Ability - If you transfer out of bed independently, make sure to look for a mattress with a firm transfer border.
  4. Bed/Bed Accessories - Consider which type of bed the mattress will go on, and if any accessories you might need (like bed rails) will be compatible.
  5. Comfort - Last but definitely not least! It's important to trial the mattress at least overnight, if at all possible before you purchase it. You'll need to make sure that you can sleep comfortably on your new mattress.

Mattress Options for Pressure Redistribution

 Image of Topaz 8 mattress.

Topaz 8 Low Air Loss

An alternating micro low air loss mattress with multiple pressure reduction features.

  • Auto-pressure detection.
  • Micro low air loss technology.
  • 3:1 alternation therapy.
  • 8 soft/firm settings.

Read more about the Topaz 8.

 Image of t-style mattress.


Pressure redistribution focused on coccyx and heels.

  • Use visco foam, gel or air inserts to create custom pressure redistribution.
  • Full height transfer borders for best transfer flexibility.

Read more here.



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