Are you facing the task of setting up an in-home patient roomfor a loved one? Without help, this can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to get you started.
One of your first and most obvious decisions to make is on the type of hospital bed you need. Your choices are manual, semi-electric or full-electric. The main difference here is the level of function you need. Manual hospital beds are operated using body-powered cranks to control the height of the bed as well as the change in head and foot angles. Full-electric is what most patient are use to in hospitals and makes changing height and head and foot angles easy to change with little physical effort put forth by the patient or caregiver and semi-electric is right in the middle.
Another important decision is which room is your hospital bed going to be placed in? If you have chosen a semi-electric or full-electric bed, you’ll need to be close to an outlet, but there are other factors that play in. Typically, an in-home patient room is set up on the ground level of the house not only because the patient is most likely unable to go up stairs, but also to avoid alienating the patient from the rest of the occupants of the house.
Depending on the type of hospital bed you have chosen, you will need a mattress that is flexible, but yet offers the support that your patient needs. Many hospital bed mattresses are made from foam to avoid bed sores and there are also air mattresses for hospital beds, but these are not recommended for patients with unstable spines.
Finally, you’ll need to take a look at accessories to make your patient comfortable and safe. Which bedding do you need? Does your patient need an overbed table, bed transfer rails or a wetness alert? These are all accessories that will help the caregiver provide better care and keep the patient safe in the home. Discuss the need for accessories with your doctor and home medical equipment provider to decide exactly what your patient needs.
As always, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know if you’ve recently had to research hospital beds and what you’ve found!