Patient Information

Bed Lever


What is the bed lever for?

This leaflet is for patients who have been assessed as needing a bed lever to improve independence in the home. It is also for the families, carers and professionals supporting you.

A bed lever can help you to:

  • turn in bed
  • safely get in and out of bed
  • sit up in bed.
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Maximum weight limit 190 kg (29 stones 12 lbs)

When should you not use a bed lever?

Do not use a bed lever if:

  • you have not been assessed as needing one
  • to stop you from falling out of bed
  • you have a hospital-type bed or profiler bed which allows you to raise and lower head and foot sections
  • your arm strength is weak or you have limited shoulder movement.

How to fit a bed lever

Please ask someone to help you to fit the bed lever if you have limited mobility or find it hard to bend down and/or move your mattress on and off the bed.

When you first receive the bed lever, check it for damage and check that the pin clips are locked in place.

  1. First attach the straps with the buckle ends looped around the bottom of the upright lever arm (see Method 1 below). Then attach long end of buckle straps and loop the straps under the bed or to the bed base (see also Method 2 below). Pull tight to make sure the lever is firmly in place.
  2. Fix the lever under the mattress with the grab handle facing upright, then replace the mattress.
bed lever diagram
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Website address and QR code for a video which shows how to fit your bed lever

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How to arrange to collect your bed lever or to request a repair for a broken bed lever

Each borough’s provider and phone number is listed in the Contacts section below.


Kingston - Medequip 0208 154 2922
Merton - Uniquis 0208 664 8860
Richmond - NRS 0300 100 0253
Surrey - Millbrook 0330 124 1247
Wandsworth - NRS 0300 100 0253

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