Best Adjustable Beds for Seniors – Top 3 Reclining Beds for the Elderly

We have talked about the best adjustable beds elsewhere. Call them the general purpose best models. But when it comes to the elderly, there is a specific adjustable bed that stands above the rest.

The Best Adjustable Bed for Seniors

The best electric reclining bed for seniors is the height-adjustable Glideaway Elevation adjustable bed. As of June 2018, Glideaway is the only manufacturer of such height-adjustable reclining beds.

The Glideaway Elevation Adjustable Bed

Best Adjustable Bed for Seniors and the Elderly

Unique ‘Elevate & Lift’ feature of the Glideaway Elevation Adjustable Bed

The Glideaway Elevation

Other adjustable beds

Reverie 8Q has no elevation

A picture is worth a thousand words. I hope you see the unique feature of the Glideaway Elevation now.

So why is it a suitable adjustable bed for the elderly?

Getting in and out of a ‘low’ bed can be difficult not only for senior citizens, but even for some of us middle aged guys and gals. You can simply ‘elevate’ the Glideaway bed and jump on it or off it and then lower it when you want to fall asleep. Other adjustable beds can’t do that and your only option with them is to really bend down at your knees.

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You can compare this a bit to the Power Lift Recliner Chairs. They basically do the same thing; the power recliners ‘lift’ themselves up so that a person sitting on it or getting out of it can do so, almost at a standing position.

The height-adjustable Glideaway beds are built on the same principle. Those with back or knee pains can get in and out of bed without straining those joints!

Any other health benefits of this elevated position?

Plenty actually!

If you’ve ever owned or slept on an adjustable bed, you already know that those fancy positions like the lounging/zero-gravity positions don’t work for side-sleepers and stomach-sleepers. If you belong to any one of the above categories, you can only make use of above positions for resting, TV watching, book reading etc.

If you sleep on your side or on your stomach, you essentially have to flatten the bed when you sleep. That’s not very helpful if you have acid reflux, for example, is it?

The Glideaway Elevation is a different beast of a bed. It actually lets you sleep on your back, stomach or side flattened and elevated. This is known as the reverse Trendelenburg position. Ordinary adjustable beds from Sleep Number, Tempur-Pedic, Leggett & Platt, Reverie or Ergomotion cannot do it (as of June 2018). This is a huge positive of these adjustable beds.

In addition, those with back pain have also reported better relief with the reverse Trendelenburg position. Because the gravity is pulling your lower body down, the pressure on the spinal cord decreases notably.

Height-adjustable beds for the elderly – 1st Runner up

Glideaway Ascend Adjustable Bed

Glideaway Ascend Adjustable Base

On the images, the Glideaway Elvation and Ascend look awfully similar. What exactly is the difference between these two? You ask… We have provided a Glideaway adjustable bed review elsewhere, but for the sake of this article, we’ll do a quick comparison below.

Glideaway Elevation BedGlideaway Ascend Bed
Elevate/Lift featureYesYes
Wall huggingYesNo
Head tilt and foot tiltYesYes
Pillow tiltYesNo
Bluetooth speakerYesNo

Other recommended adjustable beds for the elderly

Quite frankly, there isn’t another adjustable bed on the market that will specifically address medical issues associated with geriatrics. If the above two beds are too pricey for your liking, we will recommend the Lucid L100 adjustable as a senior-friendly bed.

Lucid L100 adjustable bed for seniors

Lucid L100 Adjustable Bed

What makes the Lucid L100 suitable for older individuals?

  1. Economically priced – Less than $400 for a Queen Adjustable Bed. Now that is unheard of in the market of rising beds.
  2. Lightweight bed frame
  3. Comes pre-assembled – (1) unpack the box, (2) unfold the bed that is folded in half, (3) screw on the legs, and (4) plug it in. How long do you think that’ll take you?


We hope the above review of the best adjustable beds for seniors solved your queries. If the above models were not what you had in mind, please check out our list of top 10 adjustable beds. Alternatively, you can also check out real hospital beds like this model. It too has the ability to elevate approximately 10 inches which may be sufficient, especially if there is a 12″ or more adjustable mattress on top of the bed frame.

Good luck and don’t forget to let us know how helpful this review was!