Buying Guide

Choosing a home hospital bed isn’t an easy decision, but knowing what to look for and what questions to ask can make the selection process much simpler, much more straightforward and much more successful.

   
  Basics Types of Beds Types of Mattresses The Next Step
   

 

Basics

Residential Beds Vs. Facility Beds

Beds for residential use are typically less costly than those used in hospitals and other medical care facilities since the buyer can select only those features that are most important to a single person. Facility beds, on the other hand, must anticipate the vastly different needs of a host of patients and medical conditions; this inclusivity can come at a much higher price.

As far as quality and function, beds for home use can be just as well-made and versatile as long as you choose a reputable dealer that stands behind the products it sells.

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Beyond the Frame

While the bed’s functions and structure are important considerations, the mattress also plays a critical role in providing comfort and support. Mattress selection is especially critical in patients who are confined to their beds for long periods, since these patients can be prone to pressure sores, or “bed” sores. Low air loss mattresses, lateral rotation mattresses and other products can help relieve pressure and prevent skin breakdown that eventually causes sores to develop.

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Questions to Ask

When you speak with a hospital bed supplier, there are specific questions you need to ask to make sure you can make a proper comparison among products:

  • Will I need a bed with head and leg adjustment or other options as well?
  • What’s the best kind of mattress for my loved one’s needs?
  • What kind of side rails will I need to help prevent falls?
  • When it comes to adjustment, do I want a manual, semi-electric or full-electric bed?
  • What kind of warranty coverage do you offer and mattress?
  • Do you provide help setting up the bed?

Other important considerations include how long your loved one will be using the bed and mattress, how mobile they are, whether they're at an increased risk of falling, how much care they'll need while in the bed, and who will be providing that care. Remember: Both the bed and the mattress play important roles in maintaining comfort for your loved one, so be sure to consider all aspects of care when making a selection.

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TYPES OF BEDS

Manual Beds

Manual beds use hand cranks to raise and lower the head and foot of the bed and to adjust bed height. Manual beds are less expensive than beds that use electric adjustments, but depending on how often you need to make adjustments, changing positions using a hand crank can be physically taxing. The investment in an electric or semi-electric bed may make more sense. For patients who are in a fixed or semi-fixed position and who do not require frequent repositioning, a manual bed can be a good choice.

Pros:

  • Economical
  • Performs the same tasks as a semi-electric or full-electric bed

Cons:

  • All adjustments must be made manually
  • Requires physical strength for frequent adjustment

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Invacare Manual Hospital Bed Set

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Top Seller for not only quality of the bed, but the great value it offers our customers.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$598

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Semi-Electric Beds

Semi-electric beds use an electric motor to perform head and foot adjustments, but height adjustment is still performed manually using a hand crank located at the foot of the bed. Head and foot adjustments are made using a remote control, enabling repositioning with the touch of a button. For patients who need to have the bed height adjusted, a fully electric bed might be a better option.

Pros:

  • Economical
  • Remote-control head and foot adjustment

Cons:

  • Height adjustment uses a hand crank mechanism
  • Strength is required to adjust bed height

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Invacare Semi Electric Hospital Bed Set

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Top Seller for not only quality of the bed, but the great value it offers our customers along with electric raising of the head and foot of bed.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$598

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Full-Electric Beds

Full-electric beds use the same type of remote control as a semi-electric bed, but the remote controls the height of the entire bed as well as foot and head adjustments. Full-electric beds use a pulley system with steel cables to safely adjust the height for patients who need the bed to be lowered so they can easily get up, and for caregivers who prefer the bed to be higher for care activities or to change linens.

Pros:

  • Adjustment of all features is fully electric, requiring no physical strength
  • Good choice for patients who leave the bed from time to time

Cons:

  • Higher cost than manual or semi-electric beds

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Invacare Full Electric Bed Set

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Top Seller for not only quality of the bed, but the great value it offers our customers along with electric raising of the head and foot of bed as well as the overall height of the bed.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$865

 Invacare CS7
Bed Set

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The CS7 Bed Set gives you the stability and Hi-Low capabilities that provide safety for the patient and caregiver.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$2,028

Hill-Rom 80 Bed Set

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Top Rated Bed Set with superior frame, controls, mattress choices as well as warranty. Comes with a FREE MaxiFloat Mattress ($780 Value) and FREE Delivery and Set Up by a Hill Rom Technician.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$2,950

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Facility Quality Beds

Facility-quality beds offer a more complete range of features than a full-electric bed, as well as a more durable frame for added stability. Casters on facility-quality beds are also designed for heavy-duty use, making it easier to move the bed for cleaning, changing linens or simply to provide the patient with a new venue. Bed decks are designed for greater comfort over long-term usage, and many models offer a level at the bed head for optimum comfort and adjustment. Overall, a facility-quality bed is an excellent choice for long-term care patients who will be using the bed for prolonged periods.

Pros:

  • More functions
  • Greater comfort
  • Greater stability and durability

Cons:

  • Substantially higher cost than basic full-electric beds

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Joerns UltraCare
XT Bed Set

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The Joerns UtraCare XT Bed Set offers facility quality at a competitive price. This very stable bed offers more features than typical residential hospital beds.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$2,741

Hill-Rom Resident
Bed Set

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The USA Made Hill-Rom Resident Bed offers one of the highest quality frames, mattress options and best overall value for the home. Comes with a FREE MaxiFloat Mattress ($780 Value) and FREE Delivery and Set Up by a Hill Rom Technician.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$4,250

Hill-Rom CareAssist
Bed Set

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Top Rated Bed Set. For optimal care and comfort, the most used hospital bed in facilities is now available for your home. Comes with a FREE MaxiFloat Mattress ($780 Value) and FREE Delivery and Set Up by a Hill Rom Technician.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$8,495

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Hi-Low Beds

A hi-low bed can be an excellent choice for a patient at an increased risk for falling out of bed. Offering the same features as a full-electric bed, hi-low beds feature a bed deck that’s only 9½ inches from the floor. Even with the addition of a 6-inch mattress, fall height would be restricted to 15½ inches. Adding a fall mat reduces the risk of injury as well as the fall height. Hi-low beds also rise automatically as the patient is standing to provide extra support and assistance.

Pros:

  • Low profile increases patient safety and minimizes fall risks
  • Auto-rise feature reduces physical stress on patients and caregivers

Cons:

  • Slightly higher cost than full-electric beds

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Invacare Hi-Low Bed Set

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Top Seller for not only quality of the bed, but the great value it offers our customers along with electric raising of the head and foot of bed as well as the overall height of the bed. Lowers to 9.5" from the ground to the bed deck.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$935

Invacare CS7 Bed Set

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The CS7 Bed Set gives you the stability and Hi-Low capabilities that provide safety for the patient and caregiver.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$2,028

Joerns UltraCare XT
Bed Set

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The Joerns UtraCare XT Bed Set offers facility quality at a competitive price. This very stable bed offers more features than typical residential hospital beds.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$2,741

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Heavy Duty (Bariatric) Beds

Bariatric hospital beds feature strong, durable frames designed to support patients from 350 lbs. to 1000 lbs. Frames are also wider than standard beds to provide greater patient comfort while offering the same functions as a full-electric bed for convenience and ease of use.

Pros:

  • Durable, wider frame designed specifically for heavier patients

Cons:

  • Higher cost than a standard electric bed

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Joerns UltraCare XT
Bed Set

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The Joerns UtraCare XT Bed Set offers facility quality at a competitive price. This very stable bed offers more features than typical residential hospital beds.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$2,741

Invacare HD 750 Bariatric Bed Set

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The Invacare HD 750 Bariatric Bed Set gives you all the features of full electric bed sets, but offers a wider bed deck as well as a 750 Lbs. weight capacity.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$4,199.97

 Hill-Rom Bariatric
Bed Set

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The Hill-Rom® Bariatric Bed features a fully electric frame offering affordable comfort and ease of use for bariatric patients. Comes with a FREE Hill-Rom NP50 Mattress ($725 Value) and FREE Delivery and Set Up by a Hill Rom Technician.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$7,899

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TYPES OF MATTRESSES

Innerspring Mattresses

Softer than foam mattresses but still economical, an innerspring mattress offers more “give” and greater air circulation for increased comfort. Like foam, innerspring mattresses are not the best choice for patients who remain in bed for more than 10 hours straight or for those who are immobile since they typically don’t provide the features necessary to prevent pressure sores.

Pros:

  • Economical
  • More resilience than foam
  • Cooler than foam

Cons:

  • Does not provide pressure sore prevention features
  • Not ideal for prolonged periods of immobility

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Invacare Innerspring Mattress

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The Invacare Innerspring Mattress gives you more of the traditional feel to your hospital bed. Vinyl cover is anti-bacterial, anti-static, acid-resistant, and waterproof.

Comes with Water Resistant Cover
$165

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Prevention Mattresses

Prevention mattresses are ideal for patients who spend long periods of time lying in bed including patients who are immobile. Unlike foam or innerspring mattresses that can increase pressure and heat on specific areas of the body, causing skin breakdown and bed sore development, prevention mattresses are designed to prevent sores from developing while still providing plenty of comfort.

Pros:

  • Helps prevent development of painful pressure and heat bed sores
  • Provides an economical prevention strategy

Cons:

  • Not a good choice for patients who already have bed sores

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Invacare Solace Prevention Mattress

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Invacare Solace Prevention Mattress provides comfort and protection across entire body. Specially designed top layer redistributes pressure and helps circulate air to reduce heat and moisture build up.

FREE Water Resistant Cover
$159.95

Invacare Prevention 1000 Mattress

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Invacare Prevention 1000 Mattress provides comfort and protection across entire body. Specially designed top layer redistributes pressure and helps circulate air to reduce heat and moisture build up.

FREE Water Resistant Cover
$174.95

Invacare Therapy 1000 Mattress

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Invacare Therapy 1000 Mattress has three layers of high quality fortress cut pressure relieving foam. Waterproof Mattress provides uniform weight distribution for comfort as well as increasing air flow around patient.

FREE Water Resistant Cover
$248.97

Invacare Therapy 3000 Mattress with Visco Topper

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Invacare Therapy 3000 Mattress with Visco Topper has three layers of high quality, fortress cut pressure relieving foam and a visco topper. Therapy 3000 provides pressure relief in the prevention of pressure ulcers in high risk residents.

FREE Water Resistant Cover
$309.95

Hill-Rom Maxifloat Prevention Mattress

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>Hill-Rom Maxifloat Mattress is the top-of-the-line pressure reduction mattress with four layers of the highest quality foam. The anatomically designed, five-zoned third layer helps to provide excellent pressure reduction for high-risk patients.

FREE Water Resistant Cover
$789

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Alternating Pressure Mattresses

For patients who have ulcers or have a history of ulcer development, an alternating pressure mattress offers both pressure relief and skin moisture management by altering the inflation and deflation of individual air cells. These mattresses offer relief of pressure points and promote blood flow and circulation for healthier skin and better healing.

Pros:

  • Ideal for ulcer therapy
  • Altering cell inflation manages pressure points
  • Improves circulation for better healing

Cons:

  • Less expensive models offer fewer air bladders/less therapeutic support

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Invacare MA51 Alternating Pressure Mattress

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The microAIR MA51 APM provides pressure relief in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. Reduces interface pressure to aid in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

FREE Quilted Water Resistant Cover
$894.95

Invacare MA65 Alternating Pressure Mattress

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The Invacare® microAIR® MA65 Therapeutic Support Surface model improves air circulation and cools the body temperature with a unique system of air released into the mattress. The MA65 mattress is an alternating pressure with on demand low air loss mattress replacement system that aids in the prevention and treatment of stage I to IV pressure ulcers.

FREE Quilted Water Resistant Cover
$1,874.95

Hill-Rom Wound 300 Alternating Pressure Mattress

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The Hill-Rom® 300 Wound Surface with alternating pressure and low air loss capabilities is an affordable option for a range of care settings. From the hospital to the home, this easy to use surface has features and safety components to support the needs of patients and caregivers.

FREE Facility Quality Water Resistant Cover
$2,850

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Low Air-Loss Mattresses

A low air-loss mattress is an ideal choice for patients who need ulcer therapy, providing the therapeutic benefits of both pressure relief and skin moisture management. On a low air-loss mattress, the patient “floats” on air-filled cells while a lower circulates air across the skin’s surface to reduce heat and moisture and maintain a consistent interface with the skin. Blowers are designed to promote balanced levels of skin moisture without drying out therapeutic dressings.

Pros:

  • Provides ideal pressure and moisture balance for better healing of skin ulcers and healthy skin overall

Cons:

  • Blower noise may be bothersome to some patients

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Invacare MA55 Low Air Loss and Alt Pressure Mattress

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In addition to all the features of the MA51 alternating pressure mattress, the MA55 model improves air circulation and cools the body temperature with a unique system of air released into the mattress.

FREE Quilted Water Resistant Cover
$894.95

Invacare MA80 Low Air Loss and Alt Pressure Mattress

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The Invacare® microAIR® MA80 mattress model is a true low air loss mattress that helps manage skin moisture to avoid maceration and maintain a dryer environment for pressure ulcer healing in the treatment of Stage I to Stage IV pressure ulcers.

FREE Quilted Water Resistant Cover
$2,469.95

Hill-Rom Synergy Air Elite Low Air Loss and Alt Pressure Mattress

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The Hill-Rom® Synergy® Air Elite enables caregivers to create customized safe skin programs for their patients or loved ones. The surface provides flexibility throughout the healing period by providing the option to choose alternating pressure therapy and air therapy when your patient needs it.

FREE Facility Quality Water Resistant Cover
$7,364

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Lateral Rotation Mattresses

Like the low air-loss mattress, lateral rotation mattresses are ideal for patients who need ulcer therapy. These mattresses gently rotate the patient from side to side to relieve pressure points, and offer the added benefits of promoting digestion and circulation and reducing the risk of pulmonary complications. A blower provides constant air flow to help balance skin moisture for better healing.

Pros:

  • Best choice for those who are unable to turn
  • Provides ideal pressure and moisture balance for better healing of skin ulcers and healthy skin overall
  • Offers benefits for digestion, circulation and lung health

Cons:

  • Blower noise may be bothersome to some patients

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Invacare MA95 Lateral Rotation Mattress

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The MA95Z Mattress allows for customization of patient therapy settings including up to 45° of turn, time and pressure. Alternating, static and pulse therapies are available in addition to the lateral rotation and continuous true low air loss relief.

FREE Quilted Water Resistant Cover
$4,695

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Heavy-Duty (Bariatric) Mattresses

Bariatric mattresses are available in both foam and air-circulating styles designed with the extra support necessary to provide consistent comfort for patients from 350 lbs. to 1000 lbs.

Pros:

  • Best choice or bariatric patients

Cons:

  • Foam options may feel too firm for some patients

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The Next Step

Selecting a hospital bed and mattress for your loved one requires careful consideration of several factors to make sure you make the best choice. At eMed Hospital Beds, our customer service representatives and sales staff have in-depth knowledge of our complete line of beds and can help you make the right choice. Call us today toll-free at 1-888-929-3633 or send us an email and let us help you make the best choice for your loved one’s comfort and care.

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