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Hospital mattresses are designed to bend with the bed adjustments
A hospital bed mattress must conform to the bed, even as the bed adjusts and bends at the head and foot. A regular, innerspring mattress has internal construction meant to keep it rigid, so it will not allow the patient to get the benefits of using a hospital bed and/or put added strain on the bed frame adjustment movements.
Hospital bed mattresses help prevent bed sores
Painful pressure ulcers or bed sores can appear on the heels, elbows, shoulder blades, and lower back of bed-ridden patients who lie in bed all day. Once they develop, it can be difficult, costly and time consuming to get them to heal. It also requires extra time from the caregiver and causes pain for the patient. If infection sets in, it can even be life-threatening or at the least require hospitalization.
In order to prevent pressure ulcers, hospital bed mattresses are designed to:
Mattresses must properly support the patient and distribute pressure so that no one point of contact bears too much weight. This is most important for those who spend a considerable amount of time in bed or are at higher risk for developing bed sores such as those who are underweight since they have less muscle and fat between them and their mattress. Foam and air mattresses are ideal for these patients.
If there is lack of airflow to the skin, then bed sores are more likely to develop. Those patients with higher body weight may find that they are more prone to developing sores from trapped body heat. A mattress that is contoured for airflow will help alleviate their risk for developing sores.
While you will need to weigh cost versus benefits when buying your mattress, you don't want to spend the last few months of a loved one's life, or the first few months after an illness or operation, fighting bed sores.
Prevention is the best option, and having the right mattress is a step in the right direction.
Which type of mattress do I need for a hospital bed?
Before you can choose the best type of hospital bed mattress for you, you first need answers to these questions:
How much time per day will the patient be spending in bed?
Can the patient shift positions independently?
How many months will they need to use a hospital bed?
How much does the patient weigh?
How much muscle mass do they have?
When you have those answers, you're ready to make a selection.
Should I buy a hospital bed and mattress individually or as a set?
Usually the best deals on hospital beds are sold as a bed, mattress and side rails set. While you can buy them individually, many companies offer several set options to make sure you get the best mattress and bed for your needs, while still getting you the lowest price.
What other hospital bed accessories do I need?
Hospital bed rails
Bed rails (also called side rails) are a good idea for anyone who is at risk for falling out of bed. While they are not meant to restrain a patient to the bed, they are very effective for preventing accidental tumbles out of bed.
Bed rails come in half and full length. Half-length side rails are ideal for those patients who have the mobility to get out of bed unassisted, or just need something to hold onto while getting in and out of bed. The patient can simply sit up and swing their legs over the side at the lower end of the bed.
Full length side rails are for those patients who need assistance from an attendant to get out of bed. They also provide the greatest coverage along the side of the bed to help prevent the patient from falling out of bed.
While there are specific fitted sheets for hospital bed mattresses, you may be able to use a Twin XL size fitted sheet for your hospital bed. Since there will be some extra material due to the extra 2-3 inches of width, just tuck in the sides so that they do not interfere with the side rails or bed adjustment mechanism.
If you prefer sheets to fit the exact size of your mattress, those are readily available. You can also purchase just the bottom fitted sheet, so you can use your own twin size top sheet instead of having to buy a complete sheet set.
So now, which type of home hospital bed is best for you, bedridden or not?
If you've made it this far in this guide, then you know there is a lot to consider when shopping for a hospital bed. Because we don't want you to make a mistake, we're here to help you make your choice as quickly as possible so you can get back to helping your loved ones.
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