Medical Beds Tips and Resources
Make sure there is enough space for the hospital bed. The bed should have enough space for it to be in any position. There should also be enough space to walk around the bed and for caregivers to tend to the patient. You may want to place the bed on the main floor to avoid climbing stairs.
Keep the wheels locked at all times and only unlock them when the bed is being moved.
Place the bed in a location where you or our loved one can be heard if they are calling for help or place a bell or phone within their reach.
Prevent falls by keeping the side rails up at all times and lowering them only when exiting the bed. Use night lights if you need to get up during the night.
Get a moisture resistant cover for your mattress for easy cleaning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are hospital bed available used or for rent?
Yes they are! When you are looking to purchase or rent a medical bed, make sure that the bed has been sterilized and cleaned. A mattress and rails (half or full) should be included when renting. If requested, a store may set up the bed in the showroom for you to see it before you purchase or rent the bed. Most beds that are available for rent and purchase are no more than 5 years old and stores usually only offer used and rental beds in the brands they carry so they can offer guarantees or warranties (e.g. free parts and labor for 90 days for used hospital beds). Most beds available for rent are full electric.
Will standard bed sheets fit a hospital bed mattress?
Although medical beds are generally referred to as being twin size, they are usually slightly larger than a regular twin size mattress. You may want to purchase bed sheets that will fit the mattress properly. This is more important for more specialized pressure control mattresses such as alternating pressure and low air loss to ensure that the bed sheet does not interfere with the inflation and deflation of the air cells nor does it prevent the ability of the mattress to manage skin moisture.
Is funding available for medical beds?
Various charities may have funding available such as Easter Seals and ALS Society of Canada. You may also claim it as a medical expense when you file your taxes for the year. In the US, if you have Medicare part B, it covers hospitable beds as durable medical equipment (DME). Please speak to one of our qualified local dealers no find out what local or national funding is available and if you are eligible for it.