The Insignis Comfort bed is a powered adjustable cot style bed for adults and children. It can be lowered, raised or tilted with a handheld control on a wander lead.
It is a good choice to help manage nocturnal acid reflux symptoms and with the cot style it can also be used for containment to keep vulnerable children and adults safe through confinement. It is a well-made, beautiful bed with flexible options that can be adjusted to suit individual needs.
Reverse Trendelenberg tilt and acid-reflux
Raising the head of the bed by about 6 inches (15 cm) is recommended for nocturnal acid reflux symptoms and the Comfort Bed tilts at an adjustable gradient, making it a great choice for those with severe and chronic heartburn. It is generally not recommended to raise the head of standard bed frames too high as it impacts on the integrity of the frame. Profile beds or using pillows are usually not viable for severe symptoms as raising only half of the mattress to 6 inches places strain on the lower back and pressure on the abdomen that can actually worsen symptoms. A reverse Trendelenberg tilt is the best choice.
Cot style for small children
The cot style is ideal for very young children who need a tilting mattress as well as a surround enclosure. It is also a good choice for parents with mobility or severe back issues who struggle with the standard drop-down side cot design. The electronic control is easy to use with large buttons that do not require much pressure, however the locking mechanism is not designed for a parent with any hand issues. It is key that has to be fitted into the lock and then twisted, a function I am unable to carry out.
Keep in mind that the lowest height is still quite high for a small child – my 4 year old still requires a step to make it into the bed – this makes it harder as well to remove sides because the height is an issue if falling out of bed is a risk factor.
Safe enclosure for older children and adults
The cot style, particularly with the padding, is useful for older children and adults with limited mobility who need to be confined at night for their own safety. It is not suitable if mobility is not restricted as the sides are less than 60 cm above the mattress and easy to climb over. It is possible to remove two or all four panels on one side of the bed frame. Removing the panels for older children and adults who not require being secured, but does need the tilt mattress is a possibility. This option adds to the longevity of the bed as it can be used as a cot for young children and later on as a standard bed for an older child for many years to come.
Manufacturer: Broadberry Care (Insignis) Ltd
Length: 150 – 210 cm
Mattress platform height: 65 – 100 cm
Overall height: 100 cm
Capacity: 110 kg
Surround construction material: metal, wood or divan (padded)
Children or adults with significant acid-reflux symptoms as well as a physical impairment or young age that require guard rails that lock on the outside.
Ease of Use
The controls are clearly marked and easy to use. Movement is also very obvious when standing next to the bed or lying on it, so that even if someone find the controls difficult to figure out, a trial and error of four buttons can be used as well.
The tilt and height adjustment is powered and as such, the bed should be positioned near a mains outlet so that it can be plugged in.
It is accessible to anyone with a visual impairment, including the blind and those who experience visual symptoms, like photophobia (light sensitivity), eye strain or colour blindness.
The controls are challenging but usable. Each button has six raised dots. They are identical and it isn’t possible to discern which button does what through touch, so blind users will have to memorize the function of the four buttons to their location or use trial and error to press a button and then feel what happens.
The lock/unlock dials underneath the bed have very faint labeling, but again, if it isn’t possible to read the label, turn one dial, press the buttons and see what happens. It isn’t hard to figure out. There are no lights or any visual cues, which make it a great choice for anyone with light sensitivity (photophobia).
It is accessible to anyone with a hearing impairment, including the deaf and those who experience auditory symptoms, like tinnitus or hyperacusis (sound sensitivity).
There are no sound or audio cues,but there is some mechanical noise when the bed is adjusted or tilted. It is a low sound, but it is enough to wake the occupant in the bed. Make sure to tilt and adjust the bed to the appropriate position before bed time to avoid any issues.
Input and touch
It is accessible to parent/carer with a mild upper body impairment who experience symptoms that affect their hands, wrists and shoulders, like a tremor, fatigue, reduced dexterity or precision.
The controls of the Comfort Bed is accessible for both parent/carer and the occupant of the bed. If the occupant should not have access to the controls, they can be removed by placing the handheld controller that is on a lead out of reach. If the occupant is independent, it can be placed at a comfortable position so that they can lower, raise and tilt the bed themselves. The bed is controlled with four easy to press buttons.
There is two lock/unlock dials underneath the bed. They are small, but have a ridge to grip and do not require a lot of strength to turn. These lock either the tilt or the height adjustable function and is not something used on a daily basis. They are harder to access due to their location and style.
The panels on the front is secured by two different shaped keys that have to be inserted and then turned with a reasonable amount of force. They can be done with one hand, but they do require a moderate amount of precision, control and strength to use. I cannot use them without assistance. It is a little disappointing that an adapted bed that has so much potential to give a parent with a disability the opportunity for independence stumbles at this one hurdle.
The four braked castors each have a foot pedal that requires a bit of force to use. Again, this is not a particular issue for those who are unable to use their feet or hands to push the pedal as moving the bed is not something that will be needed to be done in a home environment on a regular basis.
The opening panels cannot be tied back and tend to swing around,particularly if the bed is tilted. It makes it hard to open and keep them open when quick access is required.
Movement and mobility
It is accessible to anyone with a mobility impairment, including wheelchair users and those who experience physical symptoms, like severe fatigue or chronic pain. The dials at the base of the bed are hard to access from a seated position, but they are not in regular use. The height of the bed can be adjusted to make transferring easier.
Motion sickness and balance disorders
It is accessible to anyone who experiences motion sickness or dizzy spells. The motion is slow and gentle and even the tilt shouldn’t be a problem for anyone with motion sickness and if it is, tilt the bed when not lying on it to avoid the issue.
It is accessible to anyone with a cognitive impairment, including those with a learning disability like dyslexia and those who experience cognitive symptoms, like problems with memory, concentration, planning and organization.
Some social interaction is required as support is needed to fully access all the features of the bed.
The bed is made out of wood, the controls are plastic and metal casters are fitted.
Trigger warnings and age ratings
The Insignis Comfort Bed is a top of the line special needs product that will last for many years. It is generally accessible to parents/carers, but the manual locking system is not accessible to a parent who has some physical issues themselves.
It is a stylish choice for an adapted bed, however bright yellow metal castors do detract from the wooden frame and gives it a bit of a hospital feel and there is no obvious way to hide or disguise these. I would recommend it to families with complex requirements such as both parent and child having special needs or for children who have more than one requirement.
The review is based on the Insignis Comfort bed with wood surround construction without padding in UK standard 3ft single size (190 cm x 90 cm).