What is a Long Term Hospital Bed?
Long Term beds are designed to maximize caregiver and patient comfort when spending extended periods of time in bed. They make everyday activities like watching tv or eating more comfortable, and have features that simplify providing care. For example, many long-term care beds can change position with a single press of a hand-held remote, come equipped with rails to make transfers easier, or can raise and lower the bed platform with a touch of a button.
When Should I Purchase a Long Term Hospital bed?
Long term care beds are designed for those who need extra mobility and caregiving assistance but don’t require emergency care. If you or a loved one is looking for a long-term solution for everyday care and comfort, consider a long term bed.
What Should I Consider When Purchasing a Long Term Hospital Bed?
There are many different long term care options out there: finding the right bed can feel overwhelming. Before purchasing a bed, here are some features to take into consideration:
- Height Adjustability: Many modern beds include hi-low functionality, meaning that patients and caregivers can adjust the bed height. Lower beds can ease safe transfers, while high beds make care delivery easier for caregivers. A hi-low bed can offer the best of both worlds
- Bed Rails: Choose between soft rails, zero-gap safety rails, half-length rails, and more. All beds come with a standard set of rails, but you can choose to upgrade based on your needs.
- Design: Choose a bed design and head/footboard that aligns with your home interior design. Hospital beds don’t have to feel clinical!
- Dimensions: Be sure to check dimensions to ensure the bed will fit comfortably in your home.
- Weight Capacity: Make sure your bed can comfortably support patient weight, in addition to the weight of your mattress, bedding, and any accessories
- Positions: Modern care beds can accommodate a wide variety of positions, from auto-contour to Trendelenburg. Check to see if your bed fits your positioning needs.