What is the best hospital bed
for bedridden, elderly, and disabled patients?
types of hospital beds. We have the electric, manual, innerspring, foam,
and air classification. There are different considerations as far as choosing a
hospital bed is concerned. A good hospital bed is important for the comfort of
a patient. It also makes it easier for the patient to be taken care of.
However, it doesn’t mean a hospital bed has to be overly expensive.
what is the best hospital bed?
truth is that the best hospital bed is the one that meets your needs. It
depends on a lot of factors such as your body weight, physique, and height.
Factors such as the length of time you will spend on the bed as well as your
mobility also matters. The best
hospital bed is the one that is best for you.
Is there a difference
between an adjustable and a hospital bed?
foot and head heights of both an adjustable bed and a hospital bed can be
tweaked. Also, it is possible to raise
and lower the overall height of a hospital bed. This feature is not available
in so many adjustable beds.
side rails can be incorporated in a hospital bed. These side rails vary in
style and length. They help to prevent the patient from falling off the bed.
The side rails of adjustable beds do not have so many capabilities and they are
limited in styles.
the weight of the patient is immense, the best option would be to use a
bariatric hospital bed. Bariatric hospital beds come in different widths – 42
inches, 48 inches, and 54 inches. These beds have the ability to accommodate
patients with weight between 500 pounds and 900 pounds. Bariatric hospital beds usually
have impressive electric capabilities. However, it is important to state that
bariatric hospital beds are usually more expensive than standard hospital beds.
There are different
sizes of adjustable beds and they use standard size mattresses. Adjustable
bed sizes include twin XL, full XL, and queen sizes.
Does the height of the
hospital bed have an impact?
major advantage of using a hospital bed is that its height can be tweaked and
adjusted. Due to this, getting in and out of the bed becomes easier for the
patient. In most cases, a hospital bed can go as low or as high as you want.
So, it can be adjusted to suit the height and convenience of the patient.
Should I opt for an electric
earlier explained, your choice of hospital bed should be based on factors such
as mobility and size of the patient. Whether it is manual adjustment or
electric adjustment, there are so many options available. Here are a few
Manual (hand crank) hospital
bed requires that the care-giver be able-bodied
usually has three hand cranks and they are most commonly found at the foot of
the bed. One of the cranks is used for adjusting the head another is used for
raising and lowering the foot, while the last one does the job of adjusting the
overall height of the bed. If the patient can move alone, you may opt for this
option. Mobility here implies that the patient can adjust his or her position
without much support.
The semi-electric option gives
the patient some autonomy
one is relatively costlier than the manual type. However, it gives the patient
more autonomy in how they move. It has a crank which can be used to adjust the
overall height of the bed as well as a hand-held electric control which can be
used to adjust the position of the head and foot.
The full-electric option
provides so much independence
a patient needs to go in and out of bed from time to time, this option is ideal
because it gives the patient a lot of independence. It has a hand-held control
that can be used to tweak the height of the bed as well as its foot. It is also
useful in a case where the patient doesn’t have a caregiver to adjust the
position and height of the bed. If you are thinking long-terms, this option is
the most cost-effective.
Is it possible to use a
regular mattress on a hospital bed?
answer to this is straightforward. It is not possible and there are three
reasons for this.
- A standard mattress will not
fit into a hospital bed
- The design of a hospital bed
is such that it bends when the bed is adjusted.
- Hospital bed mattresses are
made to prevent bedsores: If a patient lie in bed all day, pressure ulcers and
bedsores are inevitable. These ulcers and sores may appear on parts of the body
like shoulder blades, lower back, heels, and elbow. These injuries are not easy
to heal or treat. It takes a lot of time before the patient recovers from them.
To prevent pressure ulcers, the design of a hospital bed is such that:
- Airflow is encouraged
- Pressure is distributed evenly
- Pressure relief is prioritized
pressure ulcers and bed sores is better than treating or curing them. So, it is
better to invest in a quality hospital bed and mattress.
What type of mattress should I
buy for my hospital bed?
choosing a mattress for your hospital bed, you must be able to answer the
- Is the patient mobile or can
the patient change positions independently?
- What is the weight of the
- How much muscle mass does the
- How long will the patient
Is it okay to buy the mattress
and bed as a complete set?
is possible to buy the hospital bed, mattress and side rails set as a unit or
individually. It all depends on your financial ability and the cost
What other accessories do I
need for my hospital bed?
- Bed Rails: They are also
called side rails. They are an excellent addition if there is a high chance the
patient will fall out of bed. So, it is designed to prevent accidental tumble.
It can either be half or full length. If a patient does not need too much
assistance to get out of bed, the half-length option is ideal. However, if the
patient needs to be supported in and out of bed, the full length side rail is
- Tables: For bend-bound
patients, a rolling table makes it easier for tasks to be executed. This makes
it easier for the patient to eat, write, or read. Invariably, this improves the
comfort and well-being of the patient.
- Overlays or mattress toppers