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Being confined to a bed due to an illness or injury can take a toll upon anyone. Many basic daily living activities are challenging or difficult to perform for people who are on bed rest. However, if you're currently bed bound or caring for someone who is, there are ways to make these tasks easier and help to improve quality of life. Overbed tables and trays are one simple bedroom accessory that can assist with a variety of tasks.
An overbed table is a type of medical bedroom furnishing that allows a person who is bed bound to have access to a table without having to transfer to a chair. Most overbed tables consist of a metal frame outfitted with locking caster wheels on the bottom. The tabletop is positioned parallel to the frame with a support on one side and open space on the other. This open space allows the overbed table to be wheeled up to the bed and positioned over the top of it. When the table is no longer needed, it can be moved away from the bed and stored in a convenient place until it is required again.
Overbed tables can have a number of uses in the bedroom of a person who is confined to a bed. The table makes it easier to eat meals and cuts down on messes due to spills and drips. For a person who is on leave from work or school due to an illness or injury, the overbed table can be utilized for writing or for supporting a computer, so that the individual can do work at home. With an overbed table, it becomes easier for a bed bound person to do activities, such as playing games or reading. Caregivers may also pull the table beside the bed to hold supplies for bathing or for performing other patient care tasks, such as changing bandages or dressings.
One of the main ways that overbed tables differ from one another is in their table top type. The table tops may be made from a wood laminate, plastic or metal material. They also come in different sizes. It's important to purchase a table that is small enough to fit easily into the room and yet still large enough to extend over the bed and be convenient for the user. Many overbed tables are adjustable, allowing you to raise and lower the table top as needed. A small number of styles also include tilting or pivoting features with their table tops.
Overbed tables are ideal for use in many bedrooms. However, in some spaces, lap trays are a better choice. Trays are simply placed on the bed or in the lap of the user and are quick and easy to move. If the flooring in the bedroom will make it difficult for caster wheels to freely roll or there is not enough space in the room to accommodate a table, a tray could be perfect for your needs.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.