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Things to Consider Before You Buy Electric Hospital Beds

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Things to Consider Before You Buy Electric Hospital Beds


How Long Will You Need the Electric Hospital 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.

 

How High or Low Do You Need to Go?

 

It's 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 Electric Hospital 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.


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