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How to Choose a Low Hospital Bed

A low hospital bed is a great tool for people who have difficulty transitioning in and out of bed. A low hospital bed also alleviates the caretaker load and substantially reduces the risk for fall and injury. Although there are many different styles of low hospital beds to choose from, finding the right one for you doesn't have to be a hassle. Here are a few different factors to consider when choosing a low hospital bed:

  • Mobility Level

    • Low Manual Hospital Beds are raised and lowered by using a hand crank. The most cost-efficient of low hospital beds, a manual bed is a great option for people who either have a caretaker to raise and lower the bed for them or who can operate the bed independently. As a cost-effective solution, these beds have the option to operate entirely via use of hand cranks for raising and lowering not only the entire height of the bed, but the head and the feet as well. These are especially recommended when there is a caregiver or home care professional available to make the adjustments. Manual hospital beds also lack the risk of motor failure (unlike full and semi-electric beds).
    • Full Electric Hospital Beds can be raised and lowered with the click of a button, making them an ideal choice for people who either do not have a caretaker, or who lack the mobility to raise and lower the bed by themselves. You will absolutely need a full electric bed if you do not have a caretaker who can raise and lower the bed for you. Full-electric beds have additional user benefits, including: hassle-free feeding, ease of breathing, and raising of the feet to help with ease of movement and blood flow. If you do not have a caretaker, you will absolutely need to purchase a full-electric bed. Full electric hospital beds allow for the adjustability of the height of the bed to make getting in and out of bed easier, as well as providing optimal height for caregivers to work with patients.
    • Semi-Electric Hospital Beds use two motors: one for raising the head, and one for raising the foot, while using a manual crank for raising and lowering the height of the bed. Semi-electric beds are a great choice if you're looking for optimal comfort while trying to be mindful of cost and retain some mobility.

  • Comfort:

    • Low Hospital Beds are much closer to the floor than standard beds, allowing for seamless and pain-free transitioning. The reduced distance between the bed and the floor make these beds a great option for users who may be prone to rolling out of bed or who are at risk for falling. Low hospital beds also come in bariatric styles, which can support up to 1000 lbs.

    • A manual hospital bed will be the least expensive choice; however, if you have the means to invest in a full or semi-electric hospital bed, the benefits are substantially more significant.

    Low Hospital Bed Manufacturers

    Primus Medical, Invacare and Drive Medical are industry leaders in hospital beds. These manufactures produce durable, safe and comfortable low hospital beds for exceptional patient care.

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Low Hospital Bed Featured Patient Indications

  • Easier Mobility in and out of Low Beds
  • Less Risk of Harm from Falls
  • Sturdy and Comfortable Patient Care
  • Greater Versatility for Transferring

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