Bariatric beds are tailored to the needs of heavier patients weighing 400 lbs. or more and their caregivers. Designed to be sturdy with a reinforced frame and with a larger sleep surface, bariatric beds also assist in lowering the risk of caregiver injuries associated with the patient’s increased body weight. Some of these tasks include transferring the patient in or out of the bed, turning and repositioning the patient to prevent the patient from suffering pressure sores (bedsores), supporting the patient’s limbs while doing various tasks, and helping the patient bathe or use the bathroom.
When placing the bariatric bed in a room, remember to ensure that there is a sufficient amount of space around the bed to accomplish whatever clinical or nursing tasks may arise. Generally, a clearance of five feet on each side as well as at the foot of the bariatric bed would allow enough room for any task that may need to be completed. Electrically operated beds provide a very comfortable sleeping position. These fully electric beds are available in a variety of widths from 42 inches and 48 inches to 54 inches.
To manage the patient’s circulatory and respiratory problems and ensure pressure relief, the bariatric bed needs to be matched with a Low Air Loss or Alternating Pressure Mattress or a Deluxe High Density Foam Bariatric Mattress. This will ensure that the patient is not being placed on the same area repeatedly and lowers the possibility of an injury.
As with any product NewLeaf Home Medical offers, we have a team of devoted and patient advisors available to help you by providing answers and guidance based on your specific needs. Please call us at 888.739.4330 for help.