Whether you are adding
patient room equipment to or setting up a new homecare situation, a hospital bed is
the central piece of the environment. Hospital beds come in three variations, with beds ranging from basic and economical to more advanced
models. The bed frame, mattress or bed side rails can be purchased
separately or together as a package:
Hospital Bed Frame - This is the first choice in a three
major components. You can select semi-electric or full electric,
regular or bariatric, homecare or long term care models.
Mattresses - No hospital bed is complete without a mattress.
Options include standard inner spring homecare model, foam mattress,
alternating pressure pad, all the way up to luxury alternating
pressure mattress and low air loss mattress for pressure relief. Factors in this decision would be the length,
width and thickness of need for the hospital bed, daily duration of time spent in the bed, the needs of the
patient and the status of the patient.
Accessories - Hospital bed accessories help complete your homecare environment, making it more comfortable and functional.
A pair of bed side rails protect patient from falling and make the
homecare environment safe and comfortable. This can be full- or
half- bed side rails. The later can be head side or foot side. An overbed table
facilitates reading or having meal or snacks on bed; A trapeze bar assist with
transfers, standing or exercises. A patient lift is an integral part of the home care setting.
It makes patient transfers and daily activities easier and minimizes
the chance of injury both to the caregiver and to the patient.