Buying Guide For Hospital Beds

Choosing the right type of hospital bed is not the easiest decision. It can help if you know what to look for what questions you should ask.This can make the selection process easier. In this guide we will cover the basic types of beds and mattresses.

There are two different main categories of hospital beds. There are residential beds and there facility beds. The residential beds tend to cost less than those used in hospitals and medical facilities. This is in part because s single buyer will select the features that unique an most important to one person, so they may not require as many bells and whistles. Facility on the other hand would have to purchase beds that can incorporate a wide variety of medical conditions and needs, this can cause the price to increase. You can find quality residential beds, that are flexible, dependable and comfortable as long as you choose a quality manufacturer and dealer.

There are few more considerations that you should think about beyond just the frame. The mattress is a very important component, that should be comfortable and fully supported. It’s important to chose a mattress that works best for the patient, especially if the patient will need to be confined to the bed for long periods of time. You want thing about the mattresses pressure to prevent bed sores. Low air loss mattresses, or lateral rotation mattresses  can help relieve pressure and prevent andy sores from developing by not pressuring the skin.

When you are considering a bed, there are a couple of questions that may want to ask the bed supplier, so that you can properly compare you products. Your bed may need to make some adjustments.

When speak to a hospital bed supplier you should probably ask the following questions:

  • Will you need a bed that offers head and leg adjustments?
  • What type of mattress best suits a particular ailment?
  • Do you need side rails and will they help prevent falls?
  • Do you need a bed with automatic, semi electric or full-electrical adjustment capabilities?
  • What type of warranty coverage comes with the bed?
  • Do the company/dealer provide assistance setting up/installing the bed?

It’s important to know how long your loved one will be using the bed and mattress/ and their mobility level,  are they likely to fall  – in order to be find the bed that works for best for them.  The bed and mattress, above all else must be comfortable and be so for longer periods of time.

What type of Beds are there?

The Manual beds  use hand cranks to raise and lower different  parts of the bed, including the head, and foot sections, to make extensions. Manual beds are less expensive than electrical adjusted beds. It truly depends on how often the person will need to make adjustments and changing the position. This could become physically difficult for some people. THe investment and an more automatic option make more sense in the long run.

Benefits are that it’s cheaper and will perform the same task

Negatives are that, the person will have to make all the changes manually requiring physical strength for frequent adjustment.

Semi-electrical beds  will use an electric motor to perform bed adjustments. The height will still have to be adjusted manually with a crank. Head and foot adjustments can be changed by a remote control. This will be better for patients who have to take  make frequent changes.

The benefit is that this economical and you’ll have a remote control to make head and foot adjustments.

Negatives are that you will have to use a crank mechanism to adjust the height and will require strength to make hight adjustments.

Full-electrical beds will have the same type of remote control as the semi-electric bed but you will also be able to change the height as well. Full -electrical beds use a pulley system with steel cables to safely adjust the height for the patient. This will be helpful if the caregiver needs to put the bed higher to change linens and carry out other functions.

Total Ease Full Elec Bed - 5410IVC
Total Ease Full Elec Bed – 5410IVC – $865.00 Invacare 5410IVCInvacare 5410IVCAll bed functions are controlled with a hand held pendant. Electric height adjustment facilitates tranfers for both the patient and caregiver. Requires assembly.

The benefits are  that everything is automatic and requires no strength and  the bed will be easily adjusted for patients, who like to leave the bed sometime.

The Negative is that this is higher cost.

A heavy duty – Bariatric bed, has  a strong durable frames to support patients from 350 Ibs to 1000 Ibs. The frames are wider than a standard hospital bed, so they can provide comfort while giving you the full functionality of a standard electrical bed.

The benefits is that this is a durable design for heavier patients.

Negatives is that there is higher cost than a standard electrical bed.

Bariatric Bed Package - HB4PKG
Bariatric Bed Package – HB4PKG – $1,462.49 Invacare HB4PKGInvacare HB4PKGIncludes bed, mattress with 3 types of specialty foam for a weight capacity of 700 lb, headboard and footboard, heavy duty half rails. Motor features quiet, smooth electrical operation with convenient hand control for positioning of upper body, knees and bed height for maximum comfort and flexibility. Heavy-duty steel plate with pan spring design ensures extra strength while reducing bed weight. Back and foot adjustments provide an anatomically correct sleep surface. Adjustable height from 26.25in. – 18.25in., length 88in., width 42in.. Weight capacity: 600 lb. 2-year warranty on frame, 1-year on mechanical and electronics.

Facility Quality Beds offer a complete range of features that a full-electrical bed. These beds a quite durable for addition stability. These beds come with casters  for heavy duty use. Which make them easy for cleaning and changing linens. The bed decks are design for greater comfort for long term usage. These bed offers a variety in adjustment option and are optimal for patients who will be using the bed for prolonged periods of time.

Benefits are more functions, greater comfort, stability and durability

Negatives are that this will cost significantly more than a basic full electrical bed.

HI-LOW beds are a great choice if the patient is at high risk of falling out of the bed. The features are the same a full -electrical bed but the bed deck  is only 9 1/2 inches from the floor. The addition 6 inches is a mattress. The high is only 15 1/2 inches in total. It also supports a fall mat that will reduce risk of injury. These beds will rise automatically.

Benefits is that the low profile increases patient safety and lower risk of falls. The auto-rise will hep patients get out of bed and reduces physical stress on caregivers and patients.

Negatives is that this can cost sightly higher than a fully electrical bed.


Health Life Media Team