It may be necessary to rent or purchase a hospital bed in the event that you or a loved finds yourself dealing with an illness or injury that involves a lengthy home convalescence period. The option to rent doesn’t make financial sense if you need the bed for too long a period, and vice versa, if you are planning to purchase one but only need the use of a hospital bed for a couple of weeks.
Manual Versus Electric
Once you find yourself in the situation of needing a hospital bed at your home do your research and make a decision as soon as possible since it may take several weeks for a bed to arrive. If you need a bed sooner, look into the option of a refurbished hospital bed. Adjustable hospital beds are generally the width of a twin bed and are found in three variations: manual, semi-electric and fully electric. Obviously, if your budget is very tight, then a manual bed is the least expensive option but it means you won’t be able to adjust the bed yourself if you are immobile. Also, there will be more work for a care giver, manually cranking the bed into the needed positions. Semi-electric beds allow the user to adjust the position of the bed via a remote control with only the height up the bed having to be adjusted with the manual crank. Most hospital beds hold up to 450 pounds in weight so if you need a stronger bed you’ll need to look into bariatric hospital bed. And be sure to check with your health care provider or Medicare to see how much of the cost they will cover before making your final decision.
Choosing the Best Mattress
An adjustable innerspring mattress is the one most commonly provided with many hospital beds but other mattress choices include latex, high-density foam, air and water. If you are looking at long stay in hasta yatağı and are at risk for pressure sores, an APM (alternating pressure system) mattress may be your best choice. This mattress uses air cells in the inner core, and is surrounded on the outside by foam. Sensors inflate and deflate the air cells on timed cycles to ensure there is no constant pressure to any one area of the body. This mattress can also be set up as a low pressure mattress. Hospital grade mattress covers will keep your mattress fresh and easy to clean.
Finally, consider that if you need bed rails, a table or a lift system that it would be best to order everything at the same time as it should save you some money on shipping costs. Some manufacturers, such as Invacare, offer completes packages of electric bed frame, mattress and side rails. You may also find online dealers who offer free shipping. Make sure you read through their policies or ask for a written quote before placing your order.