When you have a senior or invalid to take care of from home, you want them to feel that they are loved and that is why you will sacrifice everything you have got just to show them this. Buying a hospital bed is one of them. The question that most people seem to be asking me though is how to choose the best hospital bed. In this post, I will talk about what you need to check.
If the patient is completely immobile, I would advise that you buy them a full electric bed since all that you need is use the automatic control that adjusts the bed from one position to the other. If the patient is somehow independent, then you can get them either a semi-electric or manual bed. With the manual bed, the crank at the foot of the medical bed does all the dirty work of adjusting the height, foot and head positions. With a semi-electric on the other hand, the only thing that you do manually is adjusting the height since the other parts are taken care of by the electricity. When the power goes off as it normally does in my country, all these beds are manual unless they have a back-up motor battery installed.
Non slip mattress
I have seen so many patients complain that their mattresses were moving on the bed and were not stable. Others said that they were too tough and would cause discomfort on their bums. You do not want this; do you? Well. You can get non-slip mattresses that do not cause bed sores, are cozy to sleep on and offer you value for your money.
Noiseless and trail less casters
You do not want casters that make so much noise as well as leave a trail of dark soot wherever they go, do you? No, I just hate the screeching sound of casters and I always make sure that I get rubber casters everytime am buying a hospital bed. The problem with this though is the leaving of a dark trail. Luckily, there are some good casters out there that are not going to leave any trail behind them when you use.
I always advice those that come to me that they should make sure that their rails are foam padded. You do not want to leave non-padded rails because they can cause all sorts of problems from bed entrapment between the rails, under the rails or within the split rails. At the same time, padding prevents the patient from getting hurt lest they hit their heads on the rails when they have a seizure.
Since the hospital bed adjusts anytime the patient wants to take their meds, take meals or just watch telly and hang out with friends, they will need a flexible mattress that will be able to fold when you adjust the bed. With normal mattresses, you will find that it begins to crack but with an innerspring mattress such as the invacare hospital bed mattresses, it is able to withstand all that folding and what-nots.