Advantages of Using a Hospital Bed
Hospital Beds are essential for patients who are bedridden because they offer innumerable advantages over regular beds. They maximize comfort for patients who use them for extended periods of time, and their customizable features make it easy to adjust specific parts of the bed. Five important advantages hospital beds offer users are:
1. Better positioning for patients
When people spend extended periods of time in bed, the pressure that the bed exerts on their bodies causes skin tissues to become trapped between bone and the bed’s surface, causing pressure sores or bedsores.
For such patients, hospital beds provide an effective solution: they enable users to make adjustments to the positioning of the bed, allowing them to shift the pressure that the bed places from one part of their body to another. Moreover, patients at risk for bedsores should also take care while choosing mattresses, and select one that will reduce friction
2. Improved Circulation
Hospital beds allow users to alter and adjust the bed to better position their head and feet. These changes allow for movement as well as periodic change to the pressure points on the body, thereby improving the patient’s blood circulation while she/he is in bed.
Hospital beds become a requirement for people who suffer from conditions that require a caregiver’s monitoring or occasional restraint. Especially in the case of people who are at risk of falling out of bed – for instance, people living with dementia or other cognitive impairments – the bed rails on hospital beds assist in reducing the risk of fractures due to falls.
While full-length bed rails are a necessity for some patients, many people use rails as an assist while getting in and out of bed, or to re-position themselves in the bed. These patients do not require the restraint of a full-length rail. Most of our hospital beds are available with both full and half-rail options.
Often, patients experience difficulty getting in and out of beds. Hospital beds make this problem easier because they have the ability to raise the patient higher or lower. Due to this feature, patients can sit up and get out of bed in the position with relative ease.
People experiencing hip and knee problems, for instance, typically look to be seated with those joints at an angle greater than 90 degrees; this helps them comfortably get into a standing position. Hospital beds allow users to do so with safety and ease.
5. Caregiver Assistance
Caring for a loved one who is bedridden can take a toll on the physical well-being of a caregiver, and a common problem they face is back pain from frequent bending to administer care. Hospital beds enable caregivers to elevate their patients to a level at which they can care for them without straining their own bodies in the process.
Aside from these advantages, hospital beds give users a lot of choice in the style and type of hospital bed. Users can choose between manual and electric beds, depending on their condition and the length of time they will be spending in them. These beds also offer a variety of headboard and footboard styles and colours. MEDIchair is committed to helping people find beds matching their needs and preferences, so that they can be comfortable in their own homes and personalize their living space.