1. Manual Hospital Bed.  This bed type provides a good patient experience at an economical price.  The head of the bed and knee rise independently for comfort.  The entire bed rises to a comfortable level for comfort of the caregiver’s back during care.  However, hand cranks operate rising and lowering of bed sections.  This could be problematic for the caregiver with back problems.  The patient will have to ask the caregiver to raise and lower the bed each time which does limit independence.  A manual bed weighs about 170 pounds, cost less than $600, and has a weight capacity 450 pounds.  This is a great bed option for those on a budget. 

2. Semi-Electric Hospital Bed.  This type of bed provides automatic control buttons so the patient can raise and lower the head of the bed and knee area.   However, the caregiver is still required to use a hand crank to raise and lower the entire bed for patient care.  The semi-electric bed weighs between 130-190 pounds, has a weight capacity of 450 pounds, and costs from $500-$1000, depending upon the model desired.   Bed width is 33”- 36”.  This is a good option for providing patient independence at an intermediate price.

3. Full Electric Bed.  This type of bed has fully automatic button controls.  The patient can be independent with bed position while the caregiver has automatic controls to raise and lower the entire bed.  Bed width is a full 36”.  The full electric bed weighs between 145 and 180 pounds, has a weight capacity of 450 pounds, and ranges in cost from $650 - $1000.

4. The Bariatric Bed.  This is the sturdiest of the bed models and comes fully electric.  The bed width ranges from 42”-54” depending on the model desired.  The bariatric bed has a weight capacity between 600-1000 pounds, weighs 325 pounds, and ranges in cost from $1500-$4200.