Fully electric hospital beds may make it easier for you or a loved one to receive health care in your home, instead of moving into a nursing facility. Is a hospital bed right for you? Continue reading to understand your options.
Professional Medical Grade Equipment
Electric hospital beds can be a life-changing upgrade for many who are older, disabled, or healing from an operation. These beds make it easier for patients to sit-up or partially recline, making caretaker services easier and giving patients more freedom to move about.
Hospital-quality electric beds make in-home recovery more comfortable for those who have to remain on bed rest for a prolonged period of time. The adjustable beds make it easier for patients to get in and out of bed, sit-up, or elevate certain body parts.
Who is an Electric Bed Good For?
Some people may be permanently bed-bound, and an adjustable bed can make it easier for caretakers to bandage bed sores, bathe the patient, or allow them to sit up for meals or entertainment. Skin breakdown can go from bad to worse quickly. Specialty air mattresses along with an electric bed is a proactive approach to help expedite the healing process.
Other people may have suffered an injury or surgery and require their legs to be elevated, for example, or are required to sleep in a partially reclining position, instead of lying flat. Adjustable beds are specifically designed with the user’s health and safety in mind and maybe easier and safer than using a recliner for sitting and sleeping. Electric beds help with positioning and promote optimal blood circulation.
Some women may require bed rest during or after pregnancy. An adjustable hospital bed can help a woman sit up without strain or recline into a more comfortable nursing position. The ability to adjust the level of the feet and legs is another plus for those with high-risk pregnancies.
Full electric beds are great for transferring and preventing falls. Some electric beds have sidebars for patient safety, which can be a relief for in-home caregivers. Others may be hung with a “trapeze” handhold, allowing those who have trouble sitting up to lift and position themselves
Are There Drawbacks to Electric Hospital Beds?
While there are many health benefits to an electric bed, some people may not like the “hospital” look of one. There are different colors and styles now, including bed frames that look like “regular” beds and can even match the style of a room.
Keep in mind, you’ll need access to a grounded outlet for an electric bed and you may need extra space for the caregiver to move around the bed on all sides.
Can I Afford an Electric Hospital Bed?
Many people wonder if they can afford a professional grade hospital bed, or for some, the need is temporary, not permanent and they may not be able to justify the expense. However, renting medical-grade equipment can be surprisingly approachable, and some health insurance may even help with the cost. Choosing a reputable medical supply store means that you not only can trust that you’re getting high-quality equipment, but you’ll receive delivery, set up, and removal services (if renting) and instructions on how to use the bed.
Ready For Your Hospital Bed?
When you’re looking for an electric hospital bed, we can help! Valley Medical Supplies has a wide range of options, including bariatric beds, and many different price ranges, including rental options. Give us a call, stop into one of our showrooms, or visit us online today for a quote!