Hospital Bed helps with In Home Care.
One of the most helpful pieces of durable medical equipment in a home-based care-giving environment is a hospital bed.
Caring for a loved one is not always easy on the caregiver. Whether your loved one weighs 90 pounds or 400, has delicate skin or is relatively sturdy, providing home care can be literally exhausting for a caregiver.
Beds come in several different sections including the bed frame itself, special mattresses, and accessories. A bed may also be manually operated, fully electric, or semi-electric. However, one of the most important components is the mattress.
Depending on the needs of your loved one, hospital mattresses offer more than comfort that may help prevent decubitus ulcers (bedsores) especially for those who are bed-ridden or weakened by injury or illness such as stroke or spine conditions. Special mattresses can offer waterproof and anti-static covers as well as egg crate foam or convoluted foam mattress padding that helps to circulate air around the individual. This helps to prevent pressure ulcers in patients considered low-risk for such injuries.
A bed equipped with a bariatric foam mattress provides extra comfort and support for your loved one and may have a weight capacity of up to 600 pounds. Turning or changing positions is made much easier on mattresses that facilitate long-term care.
Bed frames may also be adjusted to raise the upper torso or the legs, or both, helping to improve circulation and comfort as well as relief from chronic pain in many individuals.
The height of the bed may also be adjusted with a hand crank. Raising the bed while providing hands-on care provides added comfort and support for the caregiver without the necessity of leaning over the bed to change sheets, turn the patient, or provide hygiene or toileting care. This saves strain on the back of the caregiver and may help reduce shoulder and back injury for such caregivers.
A semi-electric bed has a manual crank for adjusting the height of the bed, as well as electric controls that raise and lower the head and foot of the bed, while a fully electric bed performs all of these functions e through the use of a handheld remote device. Your loved one has full control over exact positioning of the bed when using electronic controls. (All models of semi-electric and fully electric beds also have manual levers in the event of power outages.)
Beds may provide one or two positions or up to half a dozen or more. Overlays and pressure relieving mattresses placed on top of bed frames provide added comfort and protection for your loved one. An alternating pressure pump and mattress offer over 130 bubble cells that inflate and deflate over a specific cycle time to help provide ventilation, enhance circulation, and relieve pressure against parts of the body that commonly experience bedsores such as the hip bones, the coccyx, elbows, shoulders, and ankles.
The type of
bed frame you choose, and your insurance coverage determines the cost outlay
for a bed. Medicare Part B does help cover the cost of durable medical
equipment, which includes beds, railings, and mattresses.
Manual bed frames average approximately $600, while semi-electric beds average around $750, with a fully electric bed frame costing roughly $850-$900, depending on manufacturer.
Additional costs for special mattresses, railings, mattress pumps, overhead grab bars, and portable tabletops are also available to work with most models and may add to the overall costs of a bed set-up in the home.
When researching or choosing a hospital bed for a home-based care environment, take your time to research a variety of manufacturers, bed types, accessories and options that best suit not only the needs of your loved one, but you as a caregiver as well.