Patients who are disabled, handicapped, rehabilitating, or who are elderly or suffering from illness will greatly benefit from an adjustable bed. Home care adjustable hospital beds are commonly used for those who have reduced or limited mobility to provide comfort during both waking and sleeping hours. Adjustable patient beds offer a variety of positions to aid in sleeping, eating, reading, watching TV, and getting in and out of bed.
Hospital Bed Sizes
Hospital beds come in an industry-wide standard size of 36”wide by 80” long. This standard patient bed size is a bit narrower and longer than the standard twin-sized bed size of 39” wide x 75” long. This size distinction is important to know when buying bed sheets because twin-sized bed sheets do not fit hospital beds properly. Total Home Medical offers a variety of bed sheets specifically sized to fit hospital beds.
As indicated above, patient beds generally come in a standard size of 36” wide. However, there are medical beds with wider sizes, including bariatric beds and luxury adjustable beds (see these bed descriptions below). If you are interested in extra wide medical beds, please read the descriptions below.
Types of Beds
Hospital beds come in four main categories when it comes to adjustability: Manual (not sold at NewLeaf), Semi-Electric, Full-Electric, and Low Beds. Low home care beds provide a lower height from the ground compared to standard Semi- and Full-Electric beds for convenience and safety. Low Beds are ideal for users with Alzheimer's, Dementia, or others who may be considered a fall risk. The below table shows the adjustable functionality for each bed group.
|Head Section Adjusts||Foot Section Adjusts||Overall Height Adjusts|
|Manual Beds||Hand Crank only||Hand Crank only||Hand Crank only|
|Semi-Electric||Motorized||Motorized||Hand Crank only|
Adjustable Beds, Non-Hospital
Adjustable Beds are made from high quality materials and have a more "homey" look than typical "hospital" medical beds. Unlike hospital beds, which typically offer a 36” wide sleep surface (exception is Bariatric classified beds), adjustable beds come in normal bed widths for twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Because they use standard bed widths, these beds come ready to attach your own standard-size decorative headboard or footboard to match your decor. Though these adjustable beds are not necessarily made to be used as medical beds, they can and often are used for those with a handicap, disability, or mobility impairment. Besides having electronic adjustments of the head and foot section, you can purchase models with heat and massage right built in. One feature that luxury adjustable bed features lack is the ability to adjust the overall height of the bed. Luxury adjustable beds have a fixed height, though you can purchase optional risers and put them under the bed to increase the height of the bed by 2 to 6 inches.
Bariatric Beds are heavy duty beds made specifically for larger patients who weigh from 350 lbs to 1,000 lbs. Bariatric beds are extra wide compared to other medical beds and are generally available in widths of 42”, 48” or 54”.