Medical Beds Faqs

If you are thinking of investing in a medical bed, there may be a number of things that you are wondering about, such as what features you need, the safety of the models and the prices.  The guide below hopes to answer some of these questions.  Generally, medical bed manufacturers are very happy to answer any questions you may have as well, should you have any further queries.

What Is A Medical Bed?

A medical bed is designed to be used by people who have a range of different ailments or illnesses, whether they are staying at home or are in a nursing home, hospital or hospice.  Medical beds are also known as adjustable beds, although adjustable beds have fewer features and are often used by people who are simply looking for a more comfortable night’s sleep, whether they have an illness or not.

How Does A Medical Bed Help?

Medical beds help greatly in providing increased levels of comfort for patients.  Whilst in hospital, they are likely to spend a significant amount of time in bed, and it is important that this time is both comfortable and safe.  Having a medical bed allows reduced pressure on certain body parts, lowering the risk of bed sores.  Furthermore, their features allow the patient to get in and out of bed safely by being able to lower and raise the bed.  This is also important for the care givers, as it allows them to reduce the amount of bending they have to do when providing care to patients.

What Is The Cost of A Medical Bed?

The cost of medical beds varies greatly depending on the needs placed on the bed itself.  The most basic medical bed generally costs around £650 and has only basic features.  The more advanced models, which are generally only suitable for hospital and hospice use, can cost up to £3,700 per bed.

What about Extras?

Medical beds are generally supplied without a mattress, which needs to be purchased separately.  These mattresses need to be specifically made to cope with the features of a medical bed, such as being able to fold in specific places, whilst returning to their normal shape once the bed is placed in a fully horizontal position.  If you are purchasing a medical bed mattress, you will also require specific bedding, particularly for the fitted sheet, as the mattresses are generally thicker than other mattresses.  These fitted sheets usually have attachments to stop them from slipping off the corners.

As you can see, there are a number of things to think about if you are considering investing in a medical bed.  If you are a private user, you may want to consider looking into adjustable beds instead, as these are generally a lot cheaper.  However, if you do suffer from a specific illness, you will need to discuss this with your health care provider.  If a medical bed is necessary for your overall health, you may be able to receive funding from your private health insurer and in exceptional cases through the NHS.

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Medical Beds Faqs