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Choosing the Right Hospital Bed-What Should you Do?

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Choosing the Right Hospital Bed-What Should you Do?

Choosing a home hospital bed is never an easy decision. When you are in the market for a hospital bed, you always wonder which bed is best for seniors, the disabled and the bedridden patients. From the available variety of hospital beds- manual, full electric, semi electric, bariatric, innerspring mattress, foam or air, you need to consider which is best. Moreover, you want something that delivers comfort and ease of use, while keeping the costs as low as possible. But there's something that is much more important.

 

A common customer query about a hospital bed is, “What's the best hospital bed for me?” Actually, the best hospital bed is the one that meets your needs in a personalized way. Well, what does that mean? Things to consider would be are you heavy or light, tall or short and how long will you need the bed. Is this permanent or temporary? We do provide hospital bed rentals for those that only need it for a short period of time, for example, after a surgery. All of this and more should be considered when choosing a hospital bed. So, here is some of information, right at your fingertips, to help choose the right hospital bed for your needs.

 

 

Advantages of a Hospital Bed

 

A fully electric bed offers patients a range of advantages from making it easier to get in and out of bed, to ensuring that those who are bed ridden can change position frequently to avoid bedsores.

 

Caregivers can adjust the height of an electric bed to their optimal working level, significantly reducing strain. And the increased independence an electric bed affords to patients will reduce the caregivers workload.

 

Things to Consider Before You Buy

 

Will Bed Positioning Devices Fix the Problem?

 

Hospital beds are often recommended for specific medical conditions, including circulatory problems with lower limbs, obesity, gastric reflux and respiratory problems. Before investing in an electric bed its a good idea to first find out if the problems can be alleviated using bed-positioning devices such as wedges.

 

Worried About Appearances?

 

Most fully electric beds look like….hospital beds, which is what they are. Some people want the comfort and flexibility of a fully electric bed withour having to transform their bedroom into a hospital room.   The i-Care IC333 bed could be a good compromise as it offers the flexibility of an electric bed, but fully lowered it looks like a part of your bedroom suite.

 

How Long Will You Need the Bed?

 

If a hospital bed is required for a limited amount of time due to a temporary illness or accident then it might be more sensible to rent rather than buy. Willaid offers a range of hospital beds for rental.

 

How High or Low Do You Need to Go?

 

Its important that you take into consideration the specific patient needs when assessing the minimum and maximum height adjustment required. For example, if a patient can transfer to a standing position, then choose a bed with a low enough height adjustment to make this easy. Or, if a mechanical lift is used to perform bed transfers then make sure the lift can be raised high enough to clear the surface of the mattress when the bed is at its lowest position.

 

What Bed Size Do You Need?

 

The standard 36” width is adequate for most people. Sometimes people with obesity or spasticity can be unable to centre themselves on the bed by sliding, but can turn themselves by rolling. In these instances a wider bed is recommended.

 

An electric double bed may be suitable if sharing with a partner, but consider the space available and ensure that this won't be an obstacle for the caregiver. Some couples prefer to double up two single beds, one electric and one standard.

 

The length of the bed should exceed the height of the patient by several inches.

 

Which Type of Mattress Support?

 

The bed's mattress support is made up either of springs or a solid platform. Models containing springs are only appropriate for use with spring mattresses. It's important to know that specialised mattresses that prevent bedsores require a solid platform. (Note: if a patient already has a hospital bed with a spring mattress support and now required a specialised mattress, it is possible to install rigid panels.)

 

Can You Work the Remote Control?

 

All electric beds have remote controls, some wireless others wired to the bed. The main factor to consider here is the shape and size of the buttons and the amount of pressure required to activate the controls. An electric bed can only enhance independence if the patient is capable of operating the controls.

 

What Other Health Care Equipment Do You Use?

 

If the patient also uses a wheelchair, bed table, mechanical lift, bed rails or other health care equipment then it is important to make sure that the equipment is compatible with the bed.

 

If you are considering purchasing a fully electric bed now or in the near future, Maidesite invites you to come into our factory to try our products at any time.


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