Pressure relieving mattress toppers can make the person more comfortable in bed and may help prevent and treat pressure sores. Although many types of mattress overlay materials are available, no single type is effective in all situations.
Three major problems can occur, depending on the type of material.
1. Some materials or their plastic covers can make people hot and sweaty.
2. The topper can also make the bed higher, which can make transfers more difficult if your care receiver is still walking and doesn't have a height adjustable bed.
3. Some overlays have a more unstable transfer surface.
Below are four of the main types of toppers or overlays, each with their pros and cons. It's vital that you talk to your health care professional before making a purchase, especially if the person you care for is frail, spends a lot of time in bed, or has a pressure sore.
Medicare may pay for all or part of the cost of a specialty mattress or overlay if the person meets certain coverage guidelines. Check with your health care provider for more information.