Hospital Bed 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. Our family is here to help you with any questions you may have with the care of your loved one.

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  Basics Types of Beds Types of Mattresses The Next Step
   

Basics

The Bed Frame

The bed frame makes a huge difference in the support and stability of your loved ones bed. Bed frames differ from bed decks (spring, grid, slat and full) which provide support for the mattress, features (Manual, Semi, Full Electric, Hi-Low, Trendelenburg, Bariatric...) and overall durability (weight capacity, warranty etc...) Manual and Semi Electric Beds are less costly than Full Electric Beds and are designed for loved ones that will be needing the bed for a shorter period of time.  Manual and Semi Electric Beds have spring decks and a less durable frame, so if you are looking for a bed that will be used more than 16 hours a day and/or a bed that will be used for longer than 6 months, a Full Electric Bed with a grid, slat or full deck would be more appropriate. High End Beds offer more features for your loved one and provides a much more stable and supportive bed.

When deciding which bed makes sense for your loved one, consider not only the length of time the bed will be needed, but which mattress and features are needed as well. High End Beds will come with higher prevention mattresses which will provide better support and overall skin care.

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Mattresses

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 longer than normal sleeping times, since these patients can be prone to pressure sores, or “bed” sores. Prevention Foam Mattresses, 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 are deciding which hospital bed would be best for your loved one, there are specific questions you need to think about to make sure you can make a proper comparison among products:

  • How many hours a day will your loved one be in bed?
  • How long will the bed be needed for?
  • Is your loved one at risk of falling out of bed?
  • What frame would provide the best support and stability for your loved one?
  • Looking to the future are there any additional needs that your loved one will have?
  • Will you need to have the bed set up?

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
$745

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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 Carroll CS7 Bed Set

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The Carroll CS7 Bed Set gives you the stability and Hi-Low capabilities that provide safety for the patient and caregiver. This is our best bed for the price, giving you all the special features for you loved one's safety and comfort at a great price.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$1,969

 Invacare G-Series Bed Set

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The Invacare G-Series Bed is the standard of long-term care in the home, offering proven, dependable performance at an affordable price. This bed was designed to fit in the home setting and not feel like a clinical bed with it's wood laminate head and foot boards.


Free Mattress and Side Rails
$1,049

Joerns EasyCare Bed Set

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The Joerns EasyCare Bed gives you superior frame quality which provides enhanced stability and support. Ideal for not only your loved one in the bed, but the caregiver as well.

Free Delivery/Mattress/Set Up and Side Rails
$2,441

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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 7 inches from the floor. Even with the addition of a 6-inch mattress, fall height would be restricted to 13 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

Medline Alterra Hi-Low Bed Set

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The Alterra’s Hi-Lo Bed with a maximum height of 26” makes it easy to care for your loved ones without straining, helping to reduce the risk of back injuries. The bed moves from its lowest (7.25”) to highest (26”) height without any horizontal movement, eliminating wall damage. Improve Safety for fall-risk residents.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$1,895

Invacare Carroll CS7 Bed Set

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The Carroll CS7 Bed Set gives you the stability and Hi-Low capabilities that provide safety for the patient and caregiver. This is our best bed for the price, giving you all the special features for you loved one's safety and comfort at a great price.

Free Mattress and Side Rails
$1,969

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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. Hill Rom is the standard in Hospital Bed Quality. Includes FREE Delivery and Set Up by a Hill Rom Technician.

Free Delivery/Set Up and Side Rails
$7,899

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Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds give the user a lot of similar features that a hospital bed has, but comes in traditional sizes and regular mattresses. Side rails can be added to the beds for additional support and safety. Adjustable beds are not considered hospital beds and do not offer clinical mattresses that are needed for those who are in bed for longer periods of time or have skin breakdown. Adjustable beds are ideal for those who are still mobile looking for an adjustable frame with additional safety features like side rails.

Pros:

  • Come in traditional sizes and standard mattresses

Cons:

  • Adjustable beds don't come with clinical mattresses that prevent bed sores, so if the user is in bed for long periods of time an adjustable bed may not be your best option.

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Flex a Bed Premier Adjustable Bed

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The Flex a Bed Premier comes with the most options as well as a completely enclosed frame to hide the motors. Made in the USA with lifetime warranty.

Free Mattress and Sheets
Starting at $1,638

Flex a Bed Hi Low Adjustable Bed

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The Flex a Bed Hi Low is ideal for users that need to raise and lower the overall bed height for easier entry and exit.

Free Mattress and Sheets
Starting at $2,307

 Flex a Bed Value Flex Adjustable Bed

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The Flex a Bed Value Flex is the entry level Flex a Bed with adjustable head and feet. This excellent quality bed is made in the USA.

Free Mattress and Sheets
Starting at $1,169

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TYPES OF MATTRESSES

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are designed to give a more traditional feel, but 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 don’t provide the features necessary to prevent pressure sores.

Pros:

  • Economical
  • More of a traditional mattress feel

Cons:

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

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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

Foam Prevention mattresses are ideal for patients who spend long periods of time lying in bed including patients who are immobile. Unlike basic 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  Invacare® Softform Excel™

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IThe Invacare® Softform Excel™ Mattress has a contoured foam layer which is designed to evenly distribute the weight of a patient, promote greater comfort and facilitate pressure ulcer prevention in patients up to High Risk. The base of the mattress features a firm foam layer to provide substantial support.

FREE Water Resistant Cover
$249.99

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® Softform Premier™ Mattress

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The Invacare® Softform Premier™ Mattress features a unique contoured foam insert which provides excellent patient comfort and optimizes pressure reduction for patients up to Very High Risk. A single piece foam U-core provides side support and helps facilitate resident transfers.

FREE Water Resistant Cover
$334.95

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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