What is Trendelenburg and what benefits does it provide?

Our team’s goal is to make it easy for you to find the products you need. When it comes to caring for a loved one at home, it’s helpful to know about the Trendelenburg function found on some of our homecare beds and lift chairs. Don’t worry if you’re asking “a what now?” - we’re here to help! Read on to learn more about Trendelenburg, Reverse Trendelenburg, and the benefits of each. We’ll also share some of our popular products that include one or both of these supportive positions!


The Trendelenburg position is named after the German surgeon Friedrich Trendelenburg, who was an innovator in the medical profession in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Among many of his medical innovations was the Trendelenburg position. The position was originally used for accessing the pelvic organs during surgery. In the Trendelenburg position the feet are raised above the head and the heart while the patient lays on their back, so the body is tilted at an incline of about 10-30 degrees. Originally created for surgery settings, the position remains common in the early management of a hypotensive patient. Resting in the position for short periods of time will increase circulation and help the patient to relax. The Trendelenburg position may also help to relieve tension in your legs and spine. Several of our power recliners and many of our homecare beds feature a Trendelenburg function to help you or your loved one relax.

Reverse Trendelenburg

In the Reverse Trendelenburg position the patient lays on their back while the head is raised above the heart and the legs, again at about a 10 to 30 degree incline. This position is used in surgeries of the head and the neck to decrease blood loss. At home, this position can be used to improve circulation to your legs and feet. Just like its predecessor, the Reverse Trendelenburg position will help with relaxation and decreasing tension. A number of our homecare beds come standard with both Trendelenburg and Reverse Trendelenburg functions, which are accessible via handheld remote. Read on to discover popular products that feature one or both of these useful functions. 

Lifts Chairs Featuring Trendelenburg

The Golden Cloud with Maxicomfort:

  • Trendelenberg position
  • Zero Gravity position
  • Memory Button to lock in your favorite positions
  • Quick Release Ergonomic Hand Control
  • Unique Bucket Seat and chaise pad design
  • Overstuffed, biscuit back design
  • Hybrid seat sizes with 5 Heavy Gauge Springs
  • 375 lb. weight capacity

The Oasis LC-580i by Pride:

  •  Trendelenburg position
  • Zero Gravity position
  • Contoured seating and pocketed coils 
  • Overstuffed, biscuit back design
  • Quad pocket design offers extra storage 
  • Easy-to-use hand control with USB charger port
  • Removable filling for custom lumbar support
  • 375 lb. weight capacity

The Golden Relaxer PR-756 w/ MaxiComfort:

  • Trendelenburg Position
  • Zero Gravity positioning
  • Seat size ranges from 20-22W x 21-22D
  • AutoDrive programmable hand control
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Plush back cushions and padded chaise
  • Twenty-three upholstery options
  • 375 lb. weight capacity

Beds Featuring Trendelenburg & Reverse Trendelenburg

The Med Plus Homecare Bed by Med Mizer:

  • Two height settings – super low and standard 
  • Homecare-friendly design 
  • Trendelenburg and Reverse Trendelenburg
  • Expandable width from 36" to 42"
  • 4-piece bed design for easy delivery/set up
  • 600lb weight capacity
  • 80/84” built-in length extension
  • 2 or 4 side rail options 

The Care Assist ES Hospital Bed from Hill-Rom:

  • Audible “brake not set” alarm 
  • SlideGuard® bed articulation technology 
  • Trendelenburg and Reverse Trendelenburg 
  • Electric vascular foot position
  • Point-of-Care bedside controls for caregivers
  • Dining Chair One Button Feature
  • Battery backup in case of a power outage
  • Hand control to move the head/knee up or down

The AllCare Floor Level Trend Bed from Med Mizer:

  • Floor level height with optional safety mat 
  • Trendelenburg and Reverse Trendelenburg
  • Advanced falls alarm system 
  • Lowest homecare bed in the USA
  • 600 lb. weight capacity
  • Expandable width and height (up to 30″)
  • Cardiac Chair positioning function
  • Optional scale to manage higher acuity residents

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