Home Care Bed – Adjustable Hospital Beds
Sleep and safety are your goal. You have decided that you need an adjustable bed to ensure a comfortable, restful night’s sleep. It could also be that you have a guest or even a permanent live-in parent or friend that needs an adjustable bed. There are many options to consider because one size does not fit all. Adjustable home care beds can be the answer.
Adjustable Bed Styles
Traditional home care hospital beds adjust for the height of the head section as well as the leg section. Hospital bed heights can also be raised or lowered. The height adjustment might be electric or manual.
Maybe you want a long-term adjustable hospital-type bed. There are upgraded, heavy duty versions of the home care hospital bed that can be purchased and installed in your home. These upgraded hospital beds are quiet and durable.
Lastly, if you are interested in an adjustable home care bed to replace a traditional bed as a piece of furniture in your home, then a high-quality adjustable bed would be your choice.
Features and Cost Comparison
|BED STYLE||DESCRIPTION||DIMENSIONS||COST CATEGORY Estimate*|
|Semi-Electric Hospital Bed||Twin XL, Half Rails, 6-Inch Innerspring Mattress, Manual Height Adjustment||Bed height (floor to deck) 16” to 22” Mattress 80″x36″x6″|
|$1600 to $1800|
|Full-Electric Hospital Bed||Twin XL, Half Rails, 6-Inch Innerspring Mattress, Electric Height Adjustment||Bed height (floor to deck) 16” to 22”|
Mattress 80” x 36” x 6”
|$1800 to $2000|
|Ultra-Low Full-Electric Hospital Bed||Twin XL, Half Rails, 6-Inch Memory Foam Mattress, Electric Height Adjustment||Bed height (floor to deck) 7.0” to 22”|
Mattress 80” x 36” x 6”
|$2000 to $2400|
|Hi-Lo Adjustable Platform Bed||Twin XL, Deluxe innerspring mattress with cushion top, Electric Height Adjustment||Bed height (floor to deck) 13.25” to 20.75”|
Mattress 80” x 36” x 10”
|$4400 to $6400|
* Delivery Costs Vary
Benefits of a Home Care Bed
Transfers are a big reason people purchase an adjustable home care bed for themselves or a loved one. If you are responsible for daily care and that involves moving from the bed to a wheelchair, then a home care bed will be your best friend. Use the back and height adjustment to get the best position for a safe and effortless transfer.
Another reason people buy a home care bed is for comfort and sleep quality. If you have a respiratory condition, pain or may be recovering from surgery, then you would find the back and leg adjustments helpful. Finding a comfortable position is important for quality sleep.
Not all homes have a first-floor bedroom. If you are moving your bedroom to the first floor, you might consider adding a home care bed. This will help you setup quickly and maximize the benefits of first floor living while keeping the upstairs bedroom intact for guests or other family members. Likewise, you might be caring for someone that requires a first-floor bedroom. Setting up the bed in a living room or den can make them comfortable and keep them close by.
Support Surfaces and Mattresses
If you are purchasing a bed, then you have choices on mattress type and style. And if you purchase or rent, you have choices for support surfaces.
Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, may be prevented, or healed using support surfaces like low-air-loss mattresses or alternating pressure pads. Even a simple convoluted egg-crate style topper can make a significant difference for someone spending significant per day in bed. Take the time to review available support surfaces and the potential benefits.
Purchase or Rent
Fortunately, you have the option of buying or renting a home care bed. Not all styles are available for rent. Most commonly, the semi or full-electric twin xl bed is available for monthly rental. These beds are lightweight and can be set-up and removed quickly.
Full size beds (54” x 80”) are usually purchased (vs rent), because they are too large/heavy for monthly setup and removal. You can also customize the bed options and features if you are buying a full-size adjustable home care bed. For example, the high-quality Made in USA Flexabed is a beautiful piece of furniture with all the features of a fully adjustable hi-lo hospital bed.
The adjustable platform bed will be more expensive, but like any piece of furniture you want something that is durable, attractive, and easy to own. The Flexabed is a durable adjustable platform bed with high-quality mattresses options. If you are prepared to spend $4000 to $6000 for a bed, then consider a Flexible.
Paying for your Home Care Bed
- Insurance: some medical insurances may help pay for the rental of a hospital bed if there is a medical necessity. Medicare will cover in some cases, but you still may be required to contribute as a co-pay, deductible, or up-front (unassigned claim) payment.
- Point-of-Sale Financing: hospital beds qualify for the Care-Credit promotional interest deferred financing programs. If you already have Care-Credit, let your local DME store know, and they can process the payment for you with Care-Credit. Often, the interest is deferred for up to 12-months.
- Deposit: some retailers will allow a 50% deposit at time of purchase with the remaining 50% at time of delivery. Make sure you get a receipt for the deposit and confirm how the final payment is made before delivery is scheduled.
- Credit Card/Cash/Check: always an option for the purchase of your home care bed
Final Word about Home Deliveries and Service
It is understood that local companies are most often responsive and provide high-quality customer service and after sales service. You will want to shop around for the best pricing; be sure to check with your local DME company. Buying online may seem less expensive (but is it really after shipping/damages/returns?). When you need service, have questions, or want training on how to use the bed, there is nothing nicer than calling your local DME store and having them come out to meet with you.