Buying Guide

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Hospital Bed Buyer's Guide

Residential Hospital Beds vary from what you would find in the hospital. While they will perform the basic needs that a Facility Hospital Bed offers, the Home Hospital Bed is economic and will provide the care or your patient or loved one.

Depending upon the condition of the patient or loved one we offer a variety of mattresses that will provide comfort, pressure prevention and in skin breakdown or Special Need cases we carry Low Air Loss and Lateral Rotation Mattresses.

The basic questions to ask before buying a Hospital Bed are:

  • Do I need just head and leg adjustment?
  • What kind of Mattress do I need?
  • What kind of Side Rail coverage do I need?
  • What kind of Warranty do I want?
  • Do I need help with setting up the bed?

Hospital Beds can widely be classified into 7 categories:

  • Manual Hospital Beds
  • Semi Electric Hospital Beds
  • Full Electric Hospital Beds
  • Hi-Low Hospital Beds
  • Heavy Duty Hospital Beds
  • High End (Facility Quality) Hospital Beds
  • Adjustable Beds

Manual Beds

A manual bed uses cranks with handles on them to adjust the height of the bed, raise and lower the head and foot section. Although a manual bed is less expensive consider that every adjustment must be made manually. For a patient who is in a fixed position and only needs moved occasionally, it’s a perfect fit. If not you may need to look at a semi-electric bed.

Pros: Economical. Performs the same tasks as the Full Electric.

Cons: Head, Foot and Height is all adjusted manually. Requires physical strength to adjust.

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manualop.jpg Invacare Manual Bed Set (Our Pick for not only quality of the bed, but the great value it offers our customers)

Semi Electric Beds

A semi electric home care hospital bed has all the same functions as a manual bed except semi electric beds have a motor for the head and foot positions to move up and down. This bed has a remote with four buttons that will raise and lower the head and foot section. The manual hand crank at the foot of the bed is used to raise and lower the height of the bed. The hand control gives the user the ability to move either section with the press of a button. If moving the bed deck height is necessary for the patient to do while they are still laying down, then the best solution is a full electric bed.

Pros: Still Economical, this bed offers remote controlled head and foot which is the most common adjustment.

Cons: Height is still manual.

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semitp2.jpg Invacare Semi Electric Bed Set (Our Pick for quality as well as being the best value)

Full Electric Beds

A full electric home care hospital bed has the hand control like the semi electric bed with an additional button in the center of the control. This button will cause the bed deck height to go higher or lower, it has an independent spring loaded notch in the foot of the bed that attaches to the legs of the bed with internal pulleys located inside the head and foot section. The pulley assembly turns the wheels with steel cables causing the legs to telescope inside the frame of the ends. Full electric beds are most practical bed for use in home patient settings for care givers and patients who have specific challenges getting in and out of bed.

Pros: Full Electric Adjustment of head, foot and height levels.

Cons: A little more expensive than the manual beds.

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fullelecttp.jpg Invacare Full Electric Bed Set (Our Pick for quality and overall best value)
cs7ts-2561-17406.1391460173.160.160.jpg Invacare CS7 Bed Set (The CS7 Bed Set gives you the stability and Hi-Low capabilities that provide safety for the patient and caregiver)
hr80tr.jpg Hill-Rom 80 Bed Set (Top Rated Bed Set with superior frame, controls, mattress choices as well as warranty)

 

Facility Quality Beds

Facility Quality Beds are a step up from Full Electric Beds. The Facility Quality Bed Set will offer the patient or loved one with more features and have additional options that will provide even more direct care. The frame will be substantially more durable and steady when moving. Casters on the Facility Beds will be larger and higher quality for smooth moving. The Bed Deck will be more durable and provide optimal comfort. Most of the Facility Beds will have a level for the head angle to insure proper adjustment of the patient. 

Pros: Assurance that your patient or loved one has the best possible home care.

Cons: Price is substantially higher than basic Full Electric Beds.

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restp.jpg Hill-Rom Resident Bed Set (Our Pick for the top quality frame, mattress options and best overall value for the home)
catr.jpg Hill-Rom CareAssist Bed Set (Top Rated Bed Set. For optimal care and comfort, the most used hospital bed in facilities is now available for your home)
volkertd.jpg Volker "Vis a Vis" Bed Set (Top Design Set. Volker, a Hill-Rom company, has set the standard in new bed design with it's "Vis a Vis" chair and stand assist design. Design will help those rehabilitate faster with a design that promotes movement.)

 

Hi-Low Beds

A low bed has a lower bed deck for patients who are fall risks and falling out of bed could be dangerous. A low bed makes the fall a short trip. Adding a padded fall mat can also greatly reduce the amount of injury suffered by a patient. Low beds are exactly like full electric beds with the exception of the 9 ½“bed deck height, when a 6” mattress is added the lowest height from the floor is only 15 ½“versus the 15”-20” a standard bed, and will raise itself 5” to help the patient get out of bed with limited strain to their legs, hips and knees. Hi-Low beds are a great benefit for caregivers too, caregivers who have to lift a patient out of bed by either assisting a patient or using a patient lift have the added benefit of raising and lowering the bed without having to turn a crank to get the correct height.

Pros: Safe low settings for patients who are at risk of falling out of bed. Eases physical stress on caregivers with bed height options.

Cons: Little higher priced than basic full electric beds.

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cs7ts-2561-17406.1391460173.160.160.jpg Invacare CS7 Bed Set (The CS7 Bed Set gives you the stability and Hi-Low capabilities that provide safety for the patient and caregiver)
alterratp.jpg Medline Alterra Hi-Low Bed Set (Lowest Bed Setting. The Alterra Hi-Low sets the standard in the 7.5" low setting without mattress.)

 

Heavy Duty (Bariatric) Beds

Bariatric Hospital Beds are designed to support patients or loved ones from 350 lbs. to 1000 lbs. Bariatric Beds have a more durable frame and will offer wider dimensions for additional comfort. These beds will have the same function as the full electric bed sets.

Pros: Durable frame and mattress to provide comfort and support to your patient or loved one.

Cons: Cost will be higher than standard electric beds.

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750tp.jpg Invacare HD 750lbs. Capacity Full Electric Bed Set (Our Pick for best value. 750lbs capacity with the ability to widen bed deck for comfort.)
hrbartr.jpg Hill-Rom Bariatric Bed Set (Top Rated for the additional bed features you get. Ideal for those who need more attentive care.)

 

Mattress Buyer's Guide

There are many different types of Hospital Bed Mattresses. Ranging from economical Foam and Innerspring to Air Circulating Mattresses. Comfort, Prevention and Treatment are the most important thing for your patient or loved one. 

Depending upon the condition of the patient or loved one we offer a variety of mattresses that will provide comfort, pressure prevention and in skin breakdown or Special Need cases we carry Low Air Loss and Lateral Rotation Mattresses.

The basic questions to ask before buying a Mattresses are:

  • How long will my patient or loved one be in bed?
  • What kind of comfort are you looking for?
  • What do the patient or loved one need long term?
  • What type of Warranty does the mattress come with?

Hospital Mattresses can widely be classified into 8 categories:

  • Foam Mattresses
  • Innerspring Mattresses
  • Prevention Mattresses
  • Alternating Pressure Mattresses
  • Low Air Loss Mattresses
  • Lateral Rotation Mattresses
  • Heavy Duty (Bariatric) Mattresses
  • Mattress Overlays

Foam Mattresses

Foam Mattresses are an economical choice that varies widely based on layers of foam and prevention properties. The more layers of foam the more dense and firmer the feel. Basic Foam mattresses don't breath as well as innerspring, prevention and air circulating mattresses. Basic Foam mattresses are not an optimal mattress for those who aren't mobile in bed or who lay longer than 10 hours straight in bed.

Pros: Economical.

Cons: Warmer than other mattresses.

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  1. Invacare Solace Prevention Mattress (Our Pick for quality, comfort and prevention. Customers top pick)
  2. Medline Advantage FB-500 (Top Pick for it's shear and pressure prevention)

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring Mattresses like Foam are economical but this mattress will give the patient or loved one the feel of a traditional mattress. The Innerspring Mattress will be softer and and have more give than foam. Innerspring Mattresses are not recommended for those who are in bed for longer than 10 hours straight a day or those who are immobile.

Pros: Economical. Feel of a traditional spring mattress

Cons: Not a prevention mattress so patient or loved one needs to be mobile and not bed ridden.

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  1. Invacare Innerspring Mattress (Our Pick for the best Hospital Innerspring Mattress)

Prevention Mattresses

Prevention Mattresses are designed to prevent pressure and heat bed sores. Prevention Mattresses are a great alternative from basic foam and innerspring. You have assurance that the patient or loved one will have additional prevention from heat and pressure points.

Pros: Still economical and prevention for the user.

Cons: Not suitable for those who are already showing pressure ulcers.

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  1. Medline Advantage FB-500 (Our Pick for it's shear and pressure prevention)
  2. Hill-Rom Tempur-Pedic Wound Surface (Top Pick for prevention, anti-bacterial surface, overall comfort and warranty)

Alternating Pressure Mattresses

Alternating Pressure Mattresses are ideal for ulcer therapy, providing the therapeutic benefit of pressure relief and skin moisture management. Alternates inflation and deflation of cells to constantly change pressure points and promote circulation.

Pros: Ulcer Therapy

Cons: Cheaper Alternation Pressure Mattresses can be soft on support due to fewer air bladders.

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  1. Invacare MA51 Alternating Pressure Mattress (Our Pick for quality of mattress, warranty and customer satisfaction) 
  2. Hill-Rom 300 Wound Care Surface (Top Pick for Ulcer Therapy from Stage I thru Uncomplicated Stage IV. Top Warrantied Mattress)

Low Air Loss Mattresses

Low Air Loss Mattresses are ideal for ulcer therapy, providing the therapeutic benefit of pressure relief and skin moisture management. Low Air Loss Mattresses float the patient on air-filled cells while circulating air across the skin to reduce moisture and help maintain a constant skin interface pressure "True Low Air Loss" utilizes 100-150 liters of air per minute to maintain normal skin temperature and moisture levels, yet will not dry out therapeutic dressings.

Pros: Ideal for cooling and drying the body

Cons: The blower can be loud for some. 

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  1. Hill-Rom 300 Wound Care Surface (Our Pick for Ulcer Therapy from Stage I thru Uncomplicated Stage IV. Top Warrantied Mattress. Offers both Alternating and Low Air Loss)
  2. Invacare MicroAir MA85 Mattress (Top Pick for best value for dual therapy of Alternating and Low Air Loss)
  3. Hill-Rom Synergy Air Elite Therapy Surface (Top Rated Therapy Surface for the customized individual settings.Top Warrantied Mattress)

Lateral Rotation Mattresses

Lateral Rotation Mattresses are ideal for ulcer therapy, providing the therapeutic benefit of pressure relief and skin moisture management. Constantly rotates the patient from side to side cyclically change pressure points. Reduces risk of pulmonary complications, stimulates gastrointestinal tract, improves circulation and provides pressure relief without disturbing the patient.

Pros: Best Mattress for those who are not able to turn

Cons: Blower can be loud

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  1. Invacare MA95 Triple Therapy Mattress (Our Pick for quality, reliability and overall therapy solution.)

Heavy Duty (Bariatric) Mattresses

Bariatric Mattresses are designed to support patients or loved ones from 350 lbs. to 1000 lbs. Bariatric Mattresses come in foam and air circulating.

Pros: Proper support for bariatric patients or loved ones

Cons: Foam can be very firm

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  1. Hill-Rom NP50 Prevention Surface (Our Pick for Best Value. 700 lbs Weight Capacity as well as length and width options)
  2. Hill-Rom Synergy Air Elite Therapy Surface (Top Rated Bariatric Mattress for those with pressure ulcers. Top Warrantied Mattress)