How to choose an Electric Hospital Bed for home care

How to choose an electric hospital bed for home care? Let's start with what is an electric hospital bed for home care. Electric hospital beds for home care are more than just the standard beds we know. It is a bed designed to allow a person to recover, heal, rest, and receive care in the home.

The range of electric hospital beds for home care available on the market nowadays is vast. There are many models, brands, sizes, and even different features to choose from. Keep in mind that the chosen bed should cater to the user's needs.

Note: speaking with a medical professional before investing in a hospital bed for home care is highly recommended.

Here are some key points to take into account when choosing the right electric hospital bed:

1. Style:

    • Floorline/ Floor Level Beds -> Highly recommended for falls prevention.
      • ".. difference between falling – or rolling – out of bed. "
      • Patients who are at risk of falling are not protected from the impact of a fall if the bed only descends from a lower almost to floor height.
      • Provide an extra care factor for those who may be at risk for falling out of bed, and a safe working height for nurses and carers when raised.
      • Portable
        • Easily dismantled and easier to install
      • Bariatric
        • Larger sleep surface
        • Accommodates larger and heavier users
      • Companion Bed
        • ICare option - Companion Bed is completely stationary, with no moving parts at all and allows a partner or parent to sleep along side any Icare adjustable bed.

      2. Safe Work Load:

      • It is important to find and electric bed that can hold the user's weight.

      3. Bed Size:

      • Which size will be required? Single? Long Single (I-Care Range)? Kind Single? Long Single (I-Care Range)? Queen? 

      4. Rails:

      • Full Length
        • Will the person require rails protectors? ->  Highly recommended for confused patients who may hurt themselves by hitting the bed rails or getting arms, legs, head, etc., stuck in the rails.
      • Under the mattress

      5. Headboards:

      • Headboard is optional for some bed models.
      • Different styles available

      6. Mattress:

      • Types: Static, Dynamic and Alternating Air (Does it require an underlay mattress?)
      • Risk: Low Risk, Low to Medium Risk, Medium Risk, Medium to High Risk, High Risk to Very High Risk, Very High Risk
      • Safe Work Load
      • Sizing: Single? Long Single (ICare Range)? Kind Single? Long Single (ICare Range)? Queen? 
      • Overlay: Sheepskin? Memory Foam Topper? Eggshell Topper? Natural Latex Topper? Air overlay? Gel Overlay?

      7. Incontinence:

      • Waterproof and absorbent protection
      • Mattress Protector

      8. How mobile is the user?

      • Wonder Sheets (Highly recommended for manual handling)
      • Gooseneck/ Self Help Pole (It can be used to assist a person to sit up, lay down and re-position themselves in bed.)
      • Bed stick (Designed to enable the user to pull themselves upright when in bed)
      • Turn yourself sheet / Turn yourself pad (Design to help people with limited strength when turning in bed.)

      9. Any other accessory required?

      • Sleep positioning system (Designed to provide different levels of support and prevent the child or the adult from getting stuck in harmful positions during the night.)
      • IV Pole
      • Bolster
      • Bed Cradle (Designed to fit under the mattress to form a support to keep bedclothes clear of the feet and legs.)

      10. Any other features required?

      • Gap Protection -  users prone to seizures or nocturnal movements, gap protection is an important safety concern.

      We can help you! Would you like to speak with one of our product specialists? Send us a message on our web chat or email us at web@thinkmobility.com.au.

      Sources:

      Human Care - Visited 05/04/2019

      How to choose a Hospital Bed for home care - Visited 05/04/2019

        1 comment

        Could you please send info on beds both hospital bed and electric beds (raise head)
        Thankyou
        Beryl

        Beryl Spencer July 15, 2021

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