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The Posey Bed vs The Safety Sleeper®: Which Is Right For You?

The Posey Bed vs The Safety Sleeper®: Which Is Right For You?

If your loved one has special medical or psychological needs, you may have started comparing the features of the Posey Bed and The Safety Sleeper® to offer them greater safety and comfort at night.

Although these beds are similar in their use, they are designed for different types of users and environments. Understanding the difference between a Posey Bed and The Safety Sleeper can help you provide additional levels of comfort, care, and safety to your loved one.

What Is A Posey Bed?

First invented by John Posey more than 60 years ago, the Posey Bed is manufactured by the Posey Company, which was founded in 1937. 

The Posey Bed is a prescription device commonly used in hospitals, home care settings, and senior living facilities for patients who are at risk of falls or should avoid getting out of bed unassisted. 

Because of this, the Posey Bed is commonly prescribed for patients who:

  • Are at risk of falling if they get out of bed alone
  • Are at risk of severe injury if they fall out of bed, whether that be because of insufficient levels of fat, muscle, or subcutaneous tissue, or because they suffer from severe osteoporosis
  • Have a history of serious falls or severe bodily trauma from falls
  • Suffer from Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or other diseases and disorders that result in uncontrolled movements
  • Have behavioral, mental, or motor issues stemming from dementia, medication side effects, musculoskeletal disorders, or similar conditions

Because these patients commonly have safety and mobility concerns, the Posey Bed is often padded on all sides for comfort and features water-repellent materials to assist in cleaning up spills and bodily fluids. In case the user requires oxygen, feeding tubes, or similar tubing, the Posey Bed also provides multiple access points for tubing.

Typically designed for long-term living facilities, the Posey Bed isn’t built to be moved from location to location, so it’s a poor choice for families looking for a bed designed for travel and vacations. Some models do, however, feature heavy-duty casters, which makes the Posey Bed ideal for moving within a single room or facility.

Because Posey Beds are built to meet such stringent requirements, they are often expensive. Although they may be covered under insurance, a Posey Bed designed for a hospital or medical environment can often cost around $15,000, which can be difficult for some families to afford if insurance only covers part of the total costs

What Is The Safety Sleeper®?

The Safety Sleeper® is a fully-enclosed safety bed hand-built by Abram’s Nation and designed specifically for special needs children, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Inspired by the Abram’s Nation founder and the challenges she faced with her special needs son, Abram, The Safety Sleeper® provides a soothing, comfortable, and secure environment for children with medical issues, sensory issues, or who elope in the middle of the night, preventing dangerous behaviors like wandering and climbing. 

Designed for households and family life, The Safety Sleeper® packs neatly into a hard shell travel suitcase, allowing families to transport their safety bed for vacation and road trips while providing their special needs child with the same familiar bed in new and unfamiliar locations. 

Like the Posey Bed, The Safety Sleeper® is designed for heavy use, and its water-repellent materials assist in any fluids that spill or leak on or around the bed, making cleaning simple. Even better, the entire enclosure easily zips off to go into the washing machine to assist in sanitizing those hard-to-reach areas. Plus, multiple access points allow for easy installation of medical tubing, including for feeding and oxygen.

The Safety Sleeper® can also be more affordable than the Posey Bed. With prices starting under $4,000, the cost of The Safety Sleeper® can be further offset by medical insurance and financing that can significantly reduce the cost into affordable monthly payments.

Posey Bed vs The Safety Sleeper®: A Side-By-Side Comparison

Here’s a quick comparison of the features of the Posey Bed and The Safety Sleeper®:

Feature

The Safety Sleeper®

Posey Bed

FDA-Registered Device

X

X

Requires Doctor’s Prescription

X

Can Be Covered By Insurance

X

X

Regularly Costs Less Than $10,000

X

Typically Designed for Kids and Teenagers

X

Typically Designed for Adults

X

Can Be Packed Up for Travel

X

Can Be Wheeled From Room to Room

X

Fully Enclosed

X

X

Provides a Video Monitoring Window

X

Provides Multiple Access Points for Feeding Tubes, Oxygen Tubing, Sensors, Etc.

X

X

Uses Zippers for Easy Access

X

X

Provides Multiple Sides of Entry*

*Different models of The Safety Sleeper® provide different numbers of entry points

X

X

Offers Water-Resistant Coverlets and Materials

X

X

 

Deciding Whether A Posey Bed or The Safety Sleeper® Is Right For You

Ultimately, a Posey Bed and The Safety Sleeper® offer many of the same benefits, so the best choice for your loved one really depends on their own specific needs.

The Posey Bed tends to be better for those who can gain a written prescription and plan on keeping the bed in one location for an extended period of time—especially in a medical facility.

The Safety Sleeper®, on the other hand, is available to anyone who needs it and offers enough flexibility to travel within a single suitcase. Its child-friendly design also makes it a better choice for bedrooms.

Both beds are a big investment, so consider your options carefully!

Learn More About The Safety Sleeper®

If you’re still making a decision between a Posey Bed and The Safety Sleeper®, check out The Safety Sleeper® resources for more information or read about Abram’s Nation’s history.

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