Types of Home Care Hospital Beds
When choosing the right Home Care Hospital Bed for you or your patient, this is the important question & answers you will need to consider:
Which Hospital Bed is Right for Me?
A manual bed uses cranks with handles on them to adjust the height of the bed, raise and lower the head and foot section. Although a manual bed is less expensive consider that every adjustment must be made manually. For a patient who is in a fixed position and only needs moved occasionally, it’s a perfect fit. If not you may need to look at a semi-electric bed.
Semi Electric Beds:
A semi electric home care hospital bed has all the same functions as a manual bed except semi electric beds have a motor for the head and foot positions to move up and down. This bed has a remote with four buttons that will raise and lower the head and foot section. The manual hand crank at the foot of the bed is used to raise and lower the height of the bed. The hand control gives the user the ability to move either section with the press of a button. If moving the bed deck height is necessary for the patient to do while they are still laying down, then the best solution is a full electric bed.
Full Electric Beds :
A full electric home care hospital bed has the hand control like the semi electric bed with an additional button in the center of the control. This button will cause the bed deck height to go higher or lower, it has an independent spring loaded notch in the foot of the bed that attaches to the legs of the bed with internal pulleys located inside the head and foot section. The pulley assembly turns the wheels with steel cables causing the legs to telescope inside the frame of the ends. Full electric beds are most practical bed for use in home patient settings for care givers and patients who have specific challenges getting in and out of bed.
Full Electric Low Beds
A low bed or also called and “Alzheimer’s” bed has a lower bed deck for patients who are fall risks and falling out of bed could be dangerous. A low bed makes the fall a short trip. Adding a padded fall mat can also greatly reduce the amount of injury suffered by a patient. Low beds are exactly like full electric beds with the exception of the 9 ½“bed deck height, when a 6” mattress is added the lowest height from the floor is only 15 ½“versus the 15”-20” a standard bed, and will raise itself 5” to help the patient get out of bed with limited strain to their legs, hips and knees. “Alzheimer’s” beds are a great benefit for caregivers too, caregivers who have to lift a patient out of bed by either assisting a patient or using a patient lift have the added benefit of raising and lowering the bed without having to turn a crank to get the correct height.
Frequently asked questions
What kind of mattress should I buy?
Mattresses are not one size fits all, when choosing a mattress it is important to consider the patient who will be using it and understand. If your patient is heavier the mattress will need to have a higher weight rating or a solid core. Long term or patients at risk for bed sores may need a pressure reducing or alternating pressure mattress or overlay. If a patient is over 180lbs and potentially will stay in the same bed for more than six months a thin mattress will flatten out and not provide support for the patient long term. Although a mattress has a high weight rating (350lbs) and may have a solid core, a breaking in period is common and the discomfort that can be associated with lying on a ‘brand new’ mattress and feeling uncomfortable subsides in less than a week; even more so in a month. Taking the time to evaluate your patient’s needs can eliminate the headache associated with buying a product that may be inexpensive but can cost you in the long run when you realize that you should’ve bought a better mattress to begin with.
What kind of rails should I get with the bed?
Bed Rails are not difficult to choose; patients who need bed rails need them to either stay in bed or get out of bed. Full rails are intended to confine patients to their beds and use spring loaded channel guides that fit securely under the mattress or bed frame. Full Rails also telescope inside each other to allow the movement of the head and foot springs to adjust to whatever setting the patient moves the section of the bed. Although full rails are broad in their application they can be confining and do not come without their concerns for safety. Half rails are well suited for patients who are aware of their surroundings and need a nudge in the event they turn too far in bed while they are sleeping. Half rails that come with a threaded clamp are very easy to install and durable, but are not intended for patients to use all their weight to pull themselves in and out of bed.
What is a Trapeze Bars
A trapeze bar is a patient assist device used to help patients get in and out of bed. A trapeze bar comes with two padded clamps that are fastened to the top and bottom of the head section. When properly installed, the trapeze bar hangs directly over the patients head and low enough it can be reached without impeding the patients view. When a patient grabs the bar they can maneuver themselves in bed or to a wheelchair without depending on caregivers or bed rails, trapeze bars are usually recommended for patients who only have the use of one hand or need help readjusting themselves in the bed to a more comfortable position.
Are home care hospital beds hard to put together?
Assembling a home care hospital bed is not very difficult and can be done in 15-25 mintues. A home care hospital bed is not complicated but does require some upper body strength, the foot section of the bed is where the head and foot motor (on full electric beds there is a separate motor function) and can weigh up to 65lbs. The head and foot section have round notches under the frame at each end where the center of the frame meets. The male and female notches are easy to recognize, laying the head & foot sections on their sides, upright will allow you to see both notches and how they connect.
When the notches are connected flatten the frame and connect the springs, this will make the frame and springs complete. Lay the entire bed frame flat on the ground, and line up the head and foot sections with the frame. Stand at either end of the bed with the head or foot section in front of your legs and pull the frame up to meet the male and female notches in the frame and head/footboard. After completing both ends the bed should be 90% done with the exception of the rails or mattress.
When assembling semi/full electric beds it is important to remember to connect the arm that is secured with a cotter pin, these will line up easily and are not hard to discern. After these steps are done your bed should be ready to plug in, make sure the pendant hand control is plugged into the motor and test the head and foot section.
Is your equipment brand new?
Specialty Medical Supply does not sell refurbished, slightly used or remanufactured products or medical devices. Our standard of selling new equipment with the manufacturer’s warranty is our promise to you, you will never be sent an inferior product that has been in another patient’s home or exposed to unsanitary conditions that could compromise the health of your loved one or infect an environment that is conducive to the healing process. Although it is very rare in the event a product is damaged in shipping, call our office at 800-380-8539 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take care of it for you.
Do the hospital beds you sell come with a warranty?
Yes every specific hospital bed product page will show the warranty of the bed and if not or you still have a question about the warranty please call us and we will explain it fully. Each manufacturer has different warranties; each product on our website will include a description of the equipment and the warranty information. In the event you have a warranty issue contact our office and someone will be glad to help you either pursue repairing the defect or replacing the product. Warranties are confined in their definition to defects that are opposed to the supplier’s quality control standards.
Do the Hospital Beds you sell come assembled?
No, hospital beds come in 4 boxes. The headboard and footboard come in their own box and the head section and the foot section come in their own box. The beds are made for in the home so they are very easy to put together and do not require any tools to assemble.
Do all beds ship for free?
Yes every hospital bed and mattress we sell will have FAST FREE shipping delivered right to your house or facility.
Do you charge sales tax on your hospital beds?
No, the only time sales tax is charged is if you are in the state of Ohio.
Do you rent, bill insurance or medicare if I buy a hospital bed from you?
Unfortunately specialty medical does not rent or bill medicare or insurance if you purchase a hospital bed from us.
How long does it take to receive my bed?
All the beds we sell ship within 24 hours from several different locations across the country so a typical delivery is 1-3 days from when you place a order. If you need it quicker or want to get a more exact time of when it will be there please call our customer service representatives with what bed you were looking at and your location and they will be able to answer your questions.