Bariatric beds are extra wide beds designed to meet the needs of heavier patients who weigh 500 lbs to as much as 1,000 lbs. Technology that was previously used only in commercial settings has now begun to trickle into home products, and the bariatric bed is one item that has reaped the benefits.
A bariatric bed meets the both the patient's and caregiver’s needs. The bariatric patient’s increased weight also increases the chance of a caregiver being injured during movement tasks and patient handling. Some of these tasks include transferring the patient in or out of a chair or 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, helping the patient bathe or use the bathroom.
A bariatric bed that has been designed for a heavier patient will have to be sturdy with a reinforced frame and an extra large sleeping area. 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.
To manage the patient’s circulatory and respiratory problems and ensure pressure relief, the bariatric bed needs to be matched with an alternating pressure mattress or a bariatric mattress. This will ensure that the patient is not being placed on the same area repeatedly and lowers the possibility of an injury.
These electric beds are available in various widths to accommodate the patient comfortably. The widths are 42 inches, 48 inches or 54 inches. These beds are a premium choice for the bariatric patient because of their precision engineering that is combined with their super heavy-duty components. The innovative electronic systems available today in the electric bariatric beds provide a safe, smooth operation. Models offer a 600 to 1000-pound weight capacity.
As with any product NewLeaf Home Medical offers, we have a team of devoted and compassionate advisorts available to help you by providing answers and guidance basd on your specific needs. So please do not hesitate to call us at 888.739.4330 for help.