Home Use Hospital Bed Buying Guide
Whether its for short-term or long-term care, we want our loved ones to be as comfortable as possible. There are many options and features to take into consideration when purchasing a hospital bed for home use. By buying refurbished, you’ll save a lot of money without sacrificing on features or warranty.
What features are available on a hospital bed?
IV Pole and Drainage bag holders are pretty standard features. Many hospital beds offer controls for adjusting the position and angle of the bed. Some beds have a battery backup that still allows these adjustments to be made during a power outage. Manual controls are also available on some models. Late-night readers will enjoy the built-in nightlight offered on some beds.
Built-In scales are usually available at an extra cost. Only pay for that feature if you’ll be using it. Not all patients are fully bed ridden and an easy exit system is worth looking into for them. When it comes to maneuverability, not all hospital beds are created equal. If you’ll be moving the bed around often, you’ll want one with a motorized drive system.
What’s the difference between semi-electric and a fully-electric bed?
Both types of hospital beds use motors to raise the head and foot sections, but a semi-electric bed has a crank to adjust the height of the bed deck.
What kind of mattresses are available?
Hospital bed mattresses can be made from foam, innerspring, coils, air, or gel. We include foam mattresses, but an provide quotes for other types if desired.
Shipping and Handling
Just like the people using them, hospital beds come in all different shapes and sizes. Make sure that the bed you are considering can support the weight of the person using it. The beds themselves often weigh a couple hundred pounds and have added shipping costs for residential delivery. Most delivery companies will drop it off by the garage and not into a house for insurance reasons. Be sure to have several people available to assist in bringing a hospital bed into your home.