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Factors to Consider About Hospital Bed Rental

A hospital bed is specifically designed and/or customized for patients who need health care. These beds will usually include features for a patient's comfort, as well as for the convenience of caregivers and health care workers. Hospital bed rental is most often used for those with illnesses, or who are recovering from an illness at home

Bed Placement

Establish where the bed will be placed before beginning the process of hospital bed rental. A hospital bed should never be squeezed into a small area ' there should be ample room for it in any bed position. Adequate space on each side of the bed should also be left so that caregivers have easy access to the patient. If the patient is mobile, placing the bed near a bathroom will provide convenience. However, avoid placing the bed near windows or doors in case of drafts.

Manual, Semi-Electric, or Full-Electric

When considering a hospital bed rental, it is important to know the difference in manual, semi-electric, and full-electric beds. A manual bed is adjusted by hand using cranks to change the bed's position. These beds may pose problems for those who lack sufficient hand strength to turn the cranks. Additionally, some of these beds require bending or kneeling to make adjustments, and are not suitable for those with knee and/or back problems. Semi-electric hospital beds have electric push-buttons that elevate and lower the head and feet. Full-electric hospital beds are best for the patient, as a simple click of a button allows all needed adjustments.

Bed Size and Height

The size and height of a bed should be a major determinant in choosing a hospital bed rental. Low beds are advised for those who may fall out of the bed, such as Alzheimer's patients, and other elderly users. Wide beds are available for those patients who are obese, or would just prefer a wider be than the standard size offers. These wide beds also include Bariatric (48' wide) beds and a Queen (60' wide) bed. With the exception of the Bariatric beds, most of these will support a patient who weighs 300 lbs. or less. Bariatric models come in a 450, 650, and a 1,000 lb. weight capacity.

Additional Equipment and Accessories

Hospital bed rental companies also rent equipment for the beds, along with accessories that help provide optimal patient support and comfort. The bed will need linens and a mattress, and either foam or coil spring models are usually available. Side rails help patients get in and out of bed, and provide a place to affix bed controls. Half-Rails are usually standard with most rentals. Additionally, consider an overbed table, or a trapeze to help during transfers. Finally, don't forget stools, wastebaskets, bedside commodes, reading lamps, plastic cups and flexible straws, tissues, and wipes.

Additional Tips

For patient safety and comfort, the wheels of the bed should always be locked, except for those times when the bed needs to be moved. If electric call buttons are not available, keep a bell and a telephone on a table where the patient can easily reach them. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the bed's use, and do not smoke, or light candles or matches near the bed. If the patient's bed is high, use a sturdy and stable, such as a kick-stool model, to help them get in and out of bed. Consider using a night light if the patient is mobile, as this may prevent falls during the night.

Determining which type of bed will best suit both the patient's (and the caregiver's) needs is crucial when choosing a hospital bed to rent. These beds come in a variety of sizes and types, and include features that range from basic to luxurious. It may take a little research to find the best fit for the area of the home and the needs of the patient.