Choosing a suitable mechanical hospital bed for home care depends on several factors, such as the needs and preferences of the user, the availability and skills of the caregiver, the budget and space limitations, and the desired features and functions. Here are some general tips to help you make an informed decision:
- Consider the power features of the bed. There are three main types of mechanical hospital beds: manual, semi-electric, and full-electric. Manual beds require hand cranks to adjust the height, head, and foot sections of the bed. Semi-electric beds use a remote control to adjust the head and foot sections, but still need a hand crank to adjust the height. Mingtai full-electric beds use a remote control or buttons to adjust all sections of the bed. The type of bed you choose depends on how often and how easily you want to change the position of the bed. Full-electric beds are more convenient and comfortable for both users and caregivers, but they are also more expensive and require a reliable power source.
- Consider the size and weight capacity of the bed. The standard size of a hospital bed is 36 inches wide by 80 inches long, which can accommodate most users. However, if you need a wider or longer bed, you can opt for bariatric or extended care beds, which can support heavier and taller users. Bariatric beds have higher weight capacities and wider mattresses, while extended care beds have longer frames and mattresses. The size and weight capacity of the bed also affect its mobility and stability, so make sure you have enough space in your home to fit the bed and move it around if needed.
- Consider the bed frame movement. Different hospital beds have different degrees of movement and flexibility. Some beds can tilt or trendelenburg, which means they can raise or lower the head or foot sections above or below the level of the heart. This can help with blood circulation, edema, or respiratory problems. Some beds can also recline or chair position, which means they can adjust the head and foot sections to form a chair-like shape. This can help with comfort, digestion, or socialization. The bed frame movement you choose depends on your medical condition and personal preference.
- Consider the side rail and grab bar options. Side rails and grab bars are accessories that can be attached to the sides of the bed to provide safety and support for the user. Side rails can prevent falls or injuries by keeping the user inside the bed. Grab bars can assist with transfers or repositioning by giving the user something to hold on to. The type and number of side rails and grab bars you choose depends on your level of mobility and risk of falling. You can also choose removable or retractable side rails and grab bars if you want more flexibility or accessibility.
- Consider the headboard and footboard options. Headboards and footboards are accessories that can be attached to the ends of the bed to provide aesthetics and functionality for the user. Headboards and footboards can make the hospital bed look more like a regular bed, which can improve the appearance and atmosphere of your home. They can also serve as storage spaces for personal items or medical equipment, such as pillows, blankets, books, or oxygen tanks. The style and design of headboards and footboards you choose depends on your taste and needs. You can also choose detachable or interchangeable headboards and footboards if you want more variety or customization.