Are All Hospital Beds Created Equal?

Are you in the market for a hospital bed? It can be hard to even know where to start when making a purchase for a regular bed, much less one specifically for medical use. The first thing to consider is the condition for which the bed is needed. Then think about what all you want from your hospital bed. Lastly, you may want to consider the cost of a hospital bed.

According to Medicare, a hospital bed is necessary when improvement of a condition requires positioning of the body for optimum health. This includes alleviating pain, promoting good body alignment, and avoiding respiratory infections or distress. It is also medically necessary when a condition requires special attachments that a regular bed cannot accommodate.

Hospital bed

Hospital beds come in all shapes and sizes. One thing to be aware of is that not only do the bed frames make a difference in the type of hospital bed you receive, but the mattress can impact your decision as well. There are standard beds with variable height adjustments to allow for safe transfer to and from your bed. There are also electric powered options for beds which can be semi or fully electric. The semi electric beds allow movement of the upper portion so that you upper body can be elevated. The fully electric frame allows both the upper and lower portions of the bed to be moved and positioned. A reason someone might need a fully electric bed would be severe edema or another condition where leg elevation is required.

Remember that the correct mattress for a hospital bed is just as important as the correct frame. There are many types of mattresses depending on your condition and the time you’ll spend in the bed. Some mattresses reduce the risk of pressure sores or skin breakdown which is necessary for those who spend a great amount of time in the bed. It is best to consult your healthcare professional when choosing a mattress that will be best for you.

As you might imagine hospital beds can get pricey. The good news is that most insurance companies will cover a hospital bed that if it is prescribed by your physician. If you need a hospital bed, Aeroflow Healthcare can help! Visit our website to see the various hospital beds that Aeroflow has to offer and simply fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form to see if you could get a hospital bed through your insurance at very little or no cost to you.

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