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Bed position

Bed position

When considering where best to position a bed in a room, decide whether access to the bed needs to be from both sides or one side only.

This might be influenced by:

  • The position of fixtures and fittings within the room e.g power point/s or window/s.

  • The users method of transfer. If the person can transfer independently, do they prefer to transfer from a particular side? If he/she is assisted, allow extra space for the carers and transfer equipment.

  • The tasks carried out on the bed. Do carers need access for both sides for bed bathing, for example?

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