Adjustable-Height Solutions compared

CBL - summary of key features


- Available in more widths than any other high-low option: 2’3”, 2’6”, 2’9”, 3’, 3’6”, 3’9”, 4’, 4’6”, 5’
- Lowest possible overall height when fully lowered (excluding mattress) 10” *
- Maximum range of movement (difference between fully lowered and fully raised) 16.5” *
- Standard CBL package bed length 6’8”
- Extended and reduced bed lengths available – CBL packages are available for any bed length 6’ – 7’4” *
- Maximum user weight  25 stone / 160 kg
- When fitted with castors, CBL bed can be moved around/repositioned with occupant still in it / lying in bed, which can be critical from a carer-patient access point of view
- CBL cantilever motion requires up to 12” max (at full raised height) horizontal movement as bed comes ‘up and away’ from wall at head end
- Manual over-ride wind down in case of total equipment failure (eg damaged leads) – the only high-low option to offer this
Rechargeable Battery Back-Up unit available
CBL is particularly versatile, customisable and capable of being adapted to suit changing user requirements over time


* may be affected by optional specification details



Comment on CBL: The CBL cantilever movement is ‘upwards and away from the wall’ (not vertically ‘straight up and down’) and CBL therefore requires some room for lateral travel at the foot end of the bed (up to a maximum of 12”) as the bed describes its arc upwards and maximum height is achieved – in practice this degree of lateral travel is invariably not required, as the maximum lateral travel will occur only at the very highest position of the CBL travel, a degree of height raising which is likely to be beyond what is required in all but the most exceptional of cases.


Note on CBL entrapment risk: From a safe-usage point of view, the CBL presents a very low risk of entrapment – in the CBL basic version all mechanical moving parts are out of the way underneath the bed and well inside the ‘footprint’ of the bed base itself, and are therefore practically unreachable by users / carers; the implementation of the ‘panels-down-to-the-floor’ design of the CBL de-luxe package concept has the outstanding characteristic that it virtually absolutely eliminates any mechanism entrapment risk.   



Summary of key IPL features


- IPL has a straight-up-and-down vertical lifting movement, and so does not require any space other than its ‘at rest footprint’ for operation.
- IPL is the best high-low mechanism to use to achieve / incorporate into a true double bed arrangement – it is a straightforward matter to build this mechanism into a bed base surround alongside another mechanism for a second person.
- IPL standard length bed is approximately 6’8”; special orders: maximum length 7’4”, minimum length 6’ (and IPL is available at any length in between these)


Comment on IPL

- IPL is generally only available as 2’6”, 3’ and 4’ width (other sizes possible as non-standard orders with a lengthy lead time: 8-12 weeks)
- IPL maximum user-weight up to 18/19 stone only
- IPL lowest overall height excluding mattress is approximately 16”
- IPL cannot be moved around with the user on the bed


Note on IPL entrapment risk:  From a safe usage point of view, all Integral Profile & Lift mechanisms present a moderate entrapment risk, as the moving mechanical parts are obviously exposed and accessible during high-low operation - care should always be taken not to obstruct the moving bed platform when using high-low.



H-Bed - summary of key features


- The H-Bed has a straight-up-and-down vertical lifting movement, and so does not require any space other than its ‘at rest footprint’ for operation
- Available in single sizes with user weight up to 25 stone; large sizes up to 25 stone or (heavyweight/bariatric) 45 stone
- H-Bed – Low available with lowest overall height of just 8.5” excluding mattress, movement range 17”
- H-Bed – Standard available with lowest overall height of 14.5” excluding mattress, movement range 17”
- H-Bed – Large & Bariatric lowest overall height of 10.75” excluding mattress, movement range 16.5”.
- The main advantage of the H-Bed over the CBL and IP&L variable-height solutions is that because up-down motors are positioned out to the ends of the bed, there are no significant mechanical parts which have to remain close to the floor underneath the bed surface: for this reason it is the only variable-height solution which can be set-up to allow a very low / absolute lowest overall height without in any way preventing/ impeding hoist or other under-bed access
H-Bed can be moved around with user on the bed


Comment on the H-Bed: The ‘main advantage’ benefit however is also paradoxically the main difficulty with the H-Bed: positioning of the motors at the ends of the H-Bed means that the bed is necessarily longer than the ‘same usable length’ bed in other variable-height solutions, and this can be problematic where room-space is limited: the length of an H-Bed with a standard length mattress is 84.75” / 2150mm; nearly 5” longer than standard CBL / IPL beds using the same standard length of mattress (moreover, both CBL and IPL beds can be considerably shortened whereas H-Beds cannot). The issue of comparatively large size is compounded by the fact that the H-Bed also needs to have two raised ‘box’ ends - not everyone wants a raised foot end, and a raised foot end in particular (usually away from a wall surface) can make a small room seem / feel rather crowded.   


Note on entrapment risk: From a safe usage point of view, all H-Beds present a very low entrapment risk under the bed: it is very obvious when the horizontal part of the ‘H-frame’ - the bed base - is going up and down and there are of course no under-bed mechanicals to become entrapped in; covers are fitted to ends, but move up with the ends exposing metalwork as the frame is raised, so there is some entrapment risk at the ends when the H-Bed is lowered after being raised.



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