5 Things to Ask Before Buying a Hospital Bed

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

As a caregiver, you’re faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis. Having to figure out what kind of hospital bed you should get for your home should not be one of them. Before you start shopping around, ask these five questions:

  • Do I need a raised or lowered hospital bed?


A raised hospital bed can make it easier for a caregiver to approach their loved one, while a lowered hospital bed enables your loved one to get in and out without additional assistance. If your loved one isn’t able to move around on their own, a raised bed might be a better option.


  • How long will your loved one need to use the hospital bed?

Is your loved one recovering from an injury, surgery or other illness? In that case, they will likely need a hospital bed for a temporary length of time. Therefore, you’ll want to look at standard hospital beds. However, if your loved one will require long term, intensive care, then an extended-care bed would be a better option. These beds are built to last longer and have additional comforts and amenities.

  • How much weight will this hospital bed need to bear?


A good rule of thumb is to use a bed frame that can handle 20 to 25 percent of the actual weight of your loved one. Make sure that you also factor in anything else that will be sitting on top of the frame, including blankets, liners and the mattress itself.


  • How long will your loved one stay in the bed each day?


If they will spend less than 15 hours a day in the bed, then it’s best to go with a standard, manual hospital bed. However, if they are spending more than that in bed every day, you will want to have a full electric bed. These beds can help you change positions easily, which means your loved one will have fewer chances of developing bed sores. Electric hospital beds are also more durable.


  • What is your loved one’s mobility level?


Knowing this will help you decide what amenities to look for on the hospital bed. Take into consideration whether your loved one is able to get in and out of bed on their own, is able to sit up on their own, or is completely immobile.

At Jayhawk Pharmacy, we want to make sure that your loved one receives the best care possible. That’s why we carry a number of items in our online catalog that can make their lives—and yours—a little bit easier.

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