How to choose an Electric Hospital Bed for home care

There is a wide range of electric hospital beds for home care available nowadays - many different models, sizes and with different features to choose from.

Electric hospital beds for home care are designed to allow a person to recover, heal, rest and and to receive care in the home.

See below main points to take into account when choosing the right electric hospital bed: 

1. Style:
    • Floorline/ Floor Level Beds  -> Highly recommended for falls prevention.
      • "That is the difference between falling – or rolling – out of bed. " (Human Care)
      • 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 Air Flotation (Does it require 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? Natural Latex? 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
      • Bed stick
      • Turn yourself sheet
      • Bed Cradle

      9. Any other accessory required?

      • Sleep positioning system
      • IV Pole
      • Bolster

      10. Any other features required?

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

      Sources:

      Human Care - Visited 05/04/2019

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

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