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How to Choose the Right Hospital Bed for Home Use

Types of Hospital Bed Rental

With the total number of staffed beds in U.S. hospitals reaching 916,752 in 2022, and an increasing trend towards outpatient care, it's clear that more individuals are now seeking to receive care in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

But of course, this is not just about purchasing a piece of medical equipment; it's about ensuring your loved one's safety, comfort, and dignity during recovery or long-term care.

As your partners in health and wellness, Prosperity Health is here to guide you. Our aim is not just to provide you with state-of-the-art medical supplies but also the compassion, expertise, and support needed to make informed decisions for those under your care.

Key Factors When Choosing a Hospital Bed Rental

Patient's Medical Needs

Each individual's health situation is unique, requiring a tailored approach.

Patients with limited mobility may benefit from a hospital bed that features electric adjustments for height, head, and foot positions with minimal assistance. While those recovering from surgery might need one that can be easily adjusted to provide optimal positioning for healing and comfort.

That's why engaging healthcare professionals in this conversation can provide you with valuable insights and effective recommendations based on your patient's medical history and future care plan.

Safety Features & Adjustability

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) states that falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. That's why adjustable side rails are very helpful, as they provide support and security. Additionally, consider the locking mechanisms of the wheels (if applicable) to ensure they remain stationary during transfers and other care activities.

You should also check the adjustability options that allow for better positioning to aid in breathing, digestion, and even relief from pain.

Size and Space

The goal is to strike a balance between providing a bed that offers ample room for comfort and mobility for easy movement around the room.

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) also recommends considering doorway widths and clearances needed for maneuvering wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

Ease of Use

Look for a bed with intuitive controls for adjusting its height, head, and foot sections. This not only aids in patient comfort but also facilitates caregiving tasks such as changing linens, performing medical procedures, as well as assisting with transfers of the patient to other beds or locations.

Additionally, understanding all its features and troubleshooting common issues can make daily use much smoother. You can also inquire about the support available from the rental company should you encounter any problems or have questions.

Durability and Maintenance

This isn't just about longevity but about ensuring continuous, reliable support for your patient's needs.

High-quality steel frames, for example, offer you robust support and are less likely to succumb to wear and tear, compared to ones made from less sturdy materials. Similarly, the quality of the mattress—whether foam, innerspring, or air-filled—should be suitable for long-term use and resistant to sagging or deformation.

You should also inquire about its maintenance protocol. It’s important to ask how often it needs servicing, if its components are easy to disassemble and reassemble for deep cleaning, or if it requires professional service.

Budget and Insurance

Compare the rental costs of different models and rental providers. Be sure to understand what is included. Some companies might offer you inclusive packages that cover delivery, installation, and even any ongoing maintenance, while others may charge additional fees for these.

Additionally, many insurance plans, including Medicare, provide coverage if deemed medically necessary and prescribed by a doctor. However, the extent can vary, so it's very important here to verify the specifics with your insurance provider. This step can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.

What's Best For You: Types of Hospital Bed Rentals

Hospital Bed Home Rental

Full-Electric Hospital Beds

These units are equipped with electric motors that adjust the height, as well as the positions of the head and foot sections, all at the touch of a button. Our Full-Electric Hospital Bed here at Prosperity is designed with the patient's comfort and caregiver's ease in mind, offering a seamless, worry-free experience for both.

Semi-Electric Hospital Beds

A blend of manual and electric controls offers a middle ground. These beds typically feature electric adjustments for the head and foot sections but rely on a manual crank to alter the height.

Manual Hospital Beds

These are operated entirely through hand cranks, used to adjust the height and the positions of the head and foot sections. While they require more physical effort to adjust, they are the most economical option and can be suitable in certain situations.

What More To Look For: Rental Options and Comparing Features

Rental Terms

  • Duration- evaluate both the minimum and maximum rental periods. Some situations may require a short-term solution, while others might need a longer one.

  • Cost- look for transparent pricing without hidden fees. It's important to know what is included in the price, such as delivery, setup, and maintenance, too.

  • Cancellation Policy- life is indeed unpredictable. Understanding their policy when it comes to canceling will help prevent undue stress or financial burden.

Delivery & Pickup

This should be seamless and efficient, minimizing disruption to the patient and the household.

Here at Hospital Bed Solutions, we will transport the bed to your home and set it up according to your specifications. At the end of your rental period, we will arrange for the pickup, ensuring a smooth transition.

Return or Extension

Their service should be able to adapt to you accordingly. If you need to extend the rental period, what you need to do is simply contact us in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

Rent a Hospital Bed From Prosperity Health Inc. Today

Our range of hospital beds, including electric and adjustable, are designed to maximize comfort and facilitate unparalleled mobility for your loved ones.

You're not alone. We're here with you every step of the way, ready to provide the support and expertise you need. Trust Prosperity Health Inc. for your hospital bed rental needs and give your loved ones the care they deserve, right in the comfort of their home.

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