Although there are basics that every hospital bed has, in general, hospital beds also come in a variety of styles, designs, and sizes. The type of hospital bed you choose for you or your loved one can make all the difference for their comfort, health, and recovery. Take the time to understand your needs, and choose a hospital bed that best suits them. Take a look at some of the things you should consider when choosing a hospital bed.
There are three types of hospital beds: manual, semi-electric, and fully electric. As the name suggests, manual hospital beds don’t have any electric features, and it requires a caregiver to make adjustments via hand crank. It’s the least expensive option. A semi-electric hospital bed uses both electric and manual adjustments. The head and foot sections usually can be adjusted electrically, while the height is adjusted via a manual crank. Lastly, a fully electric hospital bed uses electricity to control every aspect of the bed. It is the most expensive bed option.
Size and Weight Capacity
Weight capacity is one of the most important things to consider when looking for a hospital bed. Your loved one can become seriously hurt if the hospital bed isn’t equipped to handle their weight. Standard hospital beds can hold anywhere between 350 to 450 pounds. Bariatric hospital beds are designed to safely hold up to 750 pounds with up to 48-inch width. It’s the most ideal bed for users who are larger and weigh more.
Bed Frame Movement
Some hospital bed frames are set at a fixed point, while others can be adjusted to higher and lower positions. Sometimes you’ll need a bed frame with adjustable heights so that caregivers can provide assistance and help users get in and out of the bed easily. High low beds have a height range of eight inches to 20 inches; therefore, making things easier for the caregiver and user.
Side Rail and Grab Bar Options
You also have the option of including side rails or grab bars. Full-length side rails, in conjunction with padding, can be helpful for users who have seizures. The railings and padding will prevent them from falling off the bed or seriously injuring themself. Grab bars and half-length side rails can help users reposition themselves and provide extra stability when getting in and out of the bed.
Headboard and Footboard Options
Hospital bed headboards and footboards come in a variety of shapes and colors. Users can choose one they like best and have them safely secured to the bed frame. The right headboard and floorboard can help blend your hospital bed into the rest of the furniture throughout the house.
Find Your Ideal Hospital Bed
Freedom Mobility offers a wide range of hospital beds. No matter if you’re looking for a premium hospital bed, a deluxe homecare bed, a basic hospital bed, or a bariatric hospital bed, Freedom Mobility has you covered. Click here to check out our collection of hospital beds, or visit our Hanover, MD showroom today.