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How to Choose a Hospital Bed

There are several different factors to consider when choosing which home care bed will meet your specific and individual needs, including: mobility, term of use, cost and comfort.

Manual or Electric:

  • Manual Hospital Beds: A manual hospital bed uses a hand crank to raise the entire bed level, including the head and foot sections of the bed, for optimal patient comfort. Versatile and dynamic, these beds protect against the risk of motor failure and maintenance. These types of beds are ideal for nursing homes.
  • Full Electric Hospital Beds: Full Electric Beds feature electric motor controls that raise the head, foot and height of the bed frame with the single push of a button. These beds allow quick, convenient patient positioning and height adjustment, increasing patient independence. An electric bed is great if you don't have a full-time caregiver.
  • Semi-Electric Hospital Beds: Semi-electric hospital beds are similar to full-electric beds, with one exception: semi-electric hospital beds use a hand crank to raise and lower the bed deck, while full-electric beds can raise or lower the height of the bed parallel to the floor automatically. These types of beds are economical and a great cost-saver. You will need a caregiver to operate this bed.

Long or Short Term Use:

  • Home Care Beds for Long Term Use: This is a more comfortable option than the Hospital Beds and, since they are specifically constructed for patients who need extensive medical care, they not only make for great home care beds, but are ideal for care facilities as well. We have a wide variety of long term care beds to choose from to meet and even surpass your needs. Many are constructed with solid steel frames and are fully powered and most can adjust to advanced therapy positions, including Trendelenberg and reverse Trendelenberg positions, to accommodate a wide variety of patient needs. You can choose a bed that has adjustable height and adjustable side rails, and you can choose a bed that is either manual or electric as well. These beds are helpful for transferring patients, as well. All are a great choice in providing convenience to care givers and health care professionals.
  • Hospital Beds for Temporary Use: This is the economical choice for patients who may require some bed positioning with a shorter duration bed stay. These spring-frame beds are available in manual, semi-electric and full electric models. When shopping for beds in this category notice that, in many cases, the frames and that mattresses will need to be purchased separately.

Comfort:

  • Low Hospital Beds: Low hospital beds are used for patients who have difficulty getting in and out of higher beds. Much closer to the floor, these beds are usually used for patients who have a tendency to fall out of bed.
  • Bariatric Hospital Bed: Bariatric beds provide extra strength and greater support than standard hospital beds. Designed for patients who need a hospital bed that supports greater weight capacities, these bariatric beds are designed to be heavy duty. Longer and wider than regular beds, bariatric hospital beds provide a comfortable fit for those who need it.

Cost:

  • It's important to take into consideration how much you can spend on a hospital bed. You will also need to purchase a mattress, so make sure that you budget for this and any additional accessories you may need, as well.

Hospital Bed Elements

  • Wheels: Hospital beds are equipped with lockable wheels to enable easy movement of the bed, either within the parts of the facility or within a patient's room.
  • Elevation: Hospital beds can be raised and lowered in the following places: head, feet and entire height. Some hospital beds use cranks to achieve the desired height, while electric hospital beds use a motor to raise or lower the bed.
  • Side Rails: Most hospital beds are equipped with side rails that can be conveniently raised or lowered. Finding the right rail and bed combo is important. Half rails come with less risk of entrapment, but do not fully protect someone from rolling out of bed. Side rails provide protection for the patient while increasing security. Some side rails require a physician's order.

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How to Choose a Hospital Bed

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing which home care bed will meet your specific and individual needs:

  • Adjustability.
  • Comfort.
  • Cost.
  • Ease of use.
  • Therapeutic positioning options.
  • Long or short term use.
  • Manual or electric.

Manufacturers are well aware of these determinants and respectively establish their hospital beds.

Hospital Beds For Temporary Use -
This is the economical choice for patients who may require some bed positioning with a shorter duration bed stay. These spring-frame beds are available in manual, semi-electric and full electric models. When shopping for beds in this category notice that, in many cases, the frames and that mattresses will need to be purchased separately.

Home Care Beds For Long Term Use -
This is a more durable, comfortable option than the Hospital Beds and, since they are specifically constructed for patients who need extensive medical care, they not only make for great home care beds, but are ideal for care facilities as well. We have a wide variety of long term care beds to choose from to meet and even surpass your needs. Many are constructed with solid steel frames and are fully powered and most can adjust to advanced therapy positions, including Trendelenberg and reverse Trendelenberg positions, to accommodate a wide variety of patient needs. You can choose a bed that has adjustable height and adjustable side rails, and you can choose a bed that is either manual or electric as well. All are a great choice in providing convenience to care givers and health care professionals.

Bed Rails -
Bed rails are a great addition to beds for any age group, from children to adults and the elderly, who are prone to restlessness, as a way of preventing patients from accidentally rolling out of bed at night. These rails will compliment most electric beds, both fully and semi-electric, as well as manual hospital beds. We have several great options to choose from, including full-length side rail protectors and shorter bed assist rails.

Mattresses -
We offer a wide selection of medical mattresses for hospital beds to choose from, including air, inner-spring, and foam mattresses. Things to consider when choosing a mattress include duration of time a person will be spending in bed, including how many hours per day, as well as the individual medical needs of the patient.

Bed Accessories -
Choosing the right bed accessories is an important decision since even the most minimal enhancements to a patient's bed rest can make a vast improvement. From wedges to pillows, bed sheets to overbed tables, accessories can enhance comfort, mobility and accessibility, making for an all around better bed rest experience.

Commonly Asked Questions about a Hospital Bed

1. Should I keep the wheels of the hospital care bed locked or unlocked?

You should always keep the wheels of your hospital bed locked at all times. Only unlock the wheels if the bed needs to be physically moved from one place to another.

2. Should I keep the side rails up, or is it safe to leave them?

Similar to the wheels scenario above, you always want to keep the side rails up except for when you get in and out of bed. It is recommended that you use a night light if you need to get out of bed during the evening or night.

3. How do I use a hospital bed?

Always follow the specific manufacturer's instructions for operation, as each bed operates differently.

4. Will Medicare cover my purchase of a home care bed from Vitality Medical?

Vitality Medical does not bill Medicare or any other 3rd party insurance companies.

5. What should I do if something malfunctions on my hospital bed?

Vitality Medical is here to support you, as we honor all warranties. Please note that each manufacturer and home care bed may offer different warranties. If you find yourself running into problems, please call us at 800-397-5899 and we will assist you with your getting your hospital bed serviced as quickly as possible.

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