How to Choose a Hospital Bed for Home Use

What’s the best hospital bed for home use? It depends on what you need from your bed, but in the guide below we will try to explain how they differ so you can make an informed decision on the type of bed to consider. There are fivetypes of hospital beds for home use. Each of these hospital beds have features that can make seniors more comfortable and make it easier for them to get in and out of the bed, resulting in a higher quality of sleep.

Hospital Beds

1. Manual Hospital Beds 

All of the beds on this list are adjustable medical beds, it’s just a matter of how you adjust them. Manual hospital beds can recline, but they aren’t powered. They must be adjusted manually by caregivers. The caregiver is able to adjust the height of the foot, head, and overall bed height by cranking the handle. When not in use, the handle can be folded down and concealed under the bed. If you’re wondering how much a hospital bed will cost you, you’ll find it useful to know that a manual bed is generally the most cost-effective bed. 

Pros:

  1. Manual hospital beds are the most cost-effective hospital beds
  1. Unlike electric hospital beds, manual beds do not have motors or electrical equipment, which means they do not need maintenance and cannot fail

Cons:

  1. Caregivers must be available to adjust this bed for you 

Age Comfort carries the AC2215 Drive Medical Manual Hospital Bed which is CSA approved. It also comes with a five year warranty on the frame and one year warranty on all other parts and components. 

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AC2215 Drive Medical Manual Hospital Bed

2. Semi Electric Hospital Beds 

Semi-Electric hospital beds have two electrical components, to raise and lower the head and feet. However, they rely on a hand crank to adjust the height of the bed deck itself. These beds could work for seniors who usually have caregivers, or who have some degree of mobility. 

Pros:

  1. Semi-electric hospital beds are less expensive than full-electric hospital beds
  1. A caregiver need not always be available for you to adjust the head and ankle, though a caregiver is required to adjust the bed deck 

Cons:

  1. Semi-electric beds have the risk of motor failure and may need maintenance
  2. These beds may not be convenient enough for those with no mobility 

Age Comfort carries several semi electric hospital beds for home use:

AC2223 Semi Electric Hospital Bed from Drive Medical

AC2224 Semi Electric Hospital Bed with Full Length Side Rails

AC2225 Semi Electric Hospital Bed with Half Rails

AC2226 Semi Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Spring Mattress Full Length Side Rails

AC2227 Semi Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Therapeutic Mattress Full Length Side Rails

AC2228 Semi Electric Hospital Bed 80” Spring Mattress with Half Rails

AC2229 Semi Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Therapeutic Mattress Full Length Half Rails

AC2230 Semi Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Foam Mattress Full Length Side Rails

AC4646 Medline Medlite Semi Electric Hospital Bed 

 

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AC2223 Semi Electric Hospital Bed

3. Full Electric Hospital Beds 

These are convenient beds that allow you to adjust everything, including your feet and head, and the overall height of the bed deck, with the press of a button. Those who do not have caregivers available all of the time will want a full electric hospital bed. Or, those who have limited mobility and wish to be able to adjust their bed whenever they want. 

Pros:

  1. Full electric beds are completely adjustable with the press of a button
  2. A caregiver is not required to adjust this bed
  3. Versatile option that saves time for both patient and caregiver 

Cons:

  1. Full electric beds are more expensive than other types of beds
  2. As they have electrical components, full electric beds may need maintenance and there is a risk their motor will fail 

Age Comfort carries various styles of electric hospital beds from several top brands: 

AC2231 Drive Medical Full Electric Hospital Bed

AC2232 Full Electric Hospital Bed with Full Length Side Rails

AC2233 Full Electric Hospital Bed with Half Rails

AC2234 Full Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Spring Mattress Full Length Side Rails

AC2235 Full Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Therapeutic Mattress Full Length Side Rails

AC2236 Full Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Spring Mattress with Half Rails

AC2238 Full Electric Hospital Bed with 80” Foam Mattress Full Length Side Rails

AC2249 Delta Ultra Light 1000 Full Electric Hospital Bed

AC4647 Medline Medlite Full Electric Hospital Bed

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AC2249 Delta Ultra Light 1000 Full Electric Hospital Bed

4. Low Hospital Beds 

Electric capability isn’t the only factor to consider. If you have trouble getting in and out of bed, we have a solution for you. A hospital bed that is low to the ground can make those with knee and hip pain or replacements much more comfortable. Low hospital beds can be used as disabled beds, or can just reduce the odds of injury for those who may fall from the bed. Of course, if that is a concern for you, you may appreciate a hospital bed with full rails as well. 

With the ease and convenience of the electric motor for adjusting the bed, low full electric hospital beds are the ultimate choice for both safety and convenience. 

Pros:

  1. It is easier to get in and out of low beds without a caregiver
  2. As you don’t have to stretch too far, low beds are less painful to get in and out of
  3. Low beds are safer and reduce your risk of falls 

Cons:

  1. Low beds are more expensive than some other types of beds
  2. They contain electrical components which need to be maintained and may break over time 

Age Comfort carries the following low hospital beds for home use: 

AC2260 Delta Ultra Light 1000 Full Electric Low Hospital Bed

AC4648 Medline Medlite Low Full Electric Hospital Bed

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AC4648 Medline Medlite Low Full Electric Hospital Bed

5. Bariatric Hospital Beds 

Bariatric hospital beds have strong frames and higher weight limits to accommodate heavier people. The width of your bariatric bed is also important, so you can feel supported and stable. Age Comfort carries bariatric beds at a range of widths, from 42 inches to 54 inches, including: 

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AC2278 Drive Medical-Full Electric Bariatric Hospital Bed 54" Width

Hospital Bed Accessories 

If you’re buying a hospital bed for home use, you’ll also need to buy a mattress and bed sheets. Other bed accessories, like overlays, may make your bed more comfortable. Age Comfort carries many products, so you’re sure to find options at the price point and comfort level you need. 

Hospital Bed Mattresses 

You have many options when it comes to hospital bed mattresses. 

1. Innerspring Mattress 

Innerspring mattresses are the affordable, but comfortable option for a hospital bed. 

Age Comfort carries:

AC4651 Medline Vinyl Innerspring Hospital Bed Mattress 

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AC4651 Medline Vinyl Innerspring Hospital Bed Mattress 

 

3. Therapeutic Mattress

Our therapeutic mattress is a foam mattress with five specially-designed pressure zones. 

Age Comfort carries:

AC2877 80” Therapeutic Mattress 

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AC2877 80” Therapeutic Mattress 

2. Foam Mattress

Foam mattresses offer maximum comfort, and come with different features, like additional length, or redistributive foam. 

Age Comfort carries: 

AC5654 Multi-Ply Dymanic Elite Pressure Redistribution Foam Mattress

AC4650 Medline Premium Foam Hospital Bed Mattress

AC3470 Gravity 8 Deluxe Long Term Care Pressure Redistribution Mattress 

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AC3470 Gravity 8 Deluxe Long Term Care Pressure Redistribution Mattress 

Hospital Mattress Overlay 

Hospital mattress overlays are meant to even out the pressure across the bed, so that you don’t sink into the center. 

Age Comfort carries: 

AC3784 Drive Medical Premium Guard Gel Overlay

AC3787 Premium Guard Static Air Mattress Overlay

AC5845 Med Aire 5” Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Overlay System

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AC5845 Med Aire 5” Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Overlay System

 

Hospital Bed Sheets 

You can get hospital bed sheets that have hygienic properties for your home bed. 

Age Comfort carries: 

AC4989 Mobb Fitted Mattress Protector

AC4226 Drive Medical Fitted Bed Sheets for Hospital Beds 

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AC4226 Drive Medical Fitted Bed Sheets for Hospital Beds 

We hope our guide has helped you discover a hospital bed for home use that ideal for your needs. If you have any questions or need further advice, please be sure to contact us at: 1-800-520-3259