Which mattresses are good for the elderly?

With age, our bodies require more and more attention and care. A good night’s sleep is difficult to obtain and sore mornings can turn into days of back pain and achy joints. This is why buying an appropriate mattress is crucial if you want to preserve a certain level of comfort during the night.


While innerspring mattresses seem to still hold the monopoly on the market thanks to the extra support they offer, seniors have different needs that may not be well fulfilled by a firm sleeping surface. On the contrary, sleeping on a firm mattress, such as an orthopedic one may cause joint pain and back problems, as these areas are more sensitive on elderly persons. A soft sleeping surface will offer more protection, as it gives more relief to pressure points.

If you are looking for the best mattresses, memory foam mattresses seem to be the better choice. Not only that they are soft and embrace the shape of the body, but they also are non-allergenic. However, because some support is needed for a good spinal alignment, hybrid mattresses  or memory foam with a high-density foam base will fit into this combination of features much better. The firm core or base is also recommended as memory foam tends to make it difficult to move, and because of its heat retention capacity, movement should be the only way to cool off.


Another feature that needs to be considered when purchasing a mattress for seniors is its height. Not everyone enjoys the “falling”out of the bed” that a high mattress causes, and for some seniors it is an impossibility and a risk of serious injury. This is why you should consider a maximum height of 10 inches for your new mattress.

If you’re buying a mattress for two, think about getting a zipp-and-link combination, that will allow you to respect the needs of both individuals, without having to have separate beds. You can then combine an orthopaedic or other medically required type of mattress with a regular, innerspring, or a soft, memory foam mattress.