A home hospital bed is a useful and practical piece of medical equipment for people with mobility limitations, conditions that leave them bedridden, bariatric conditions, age-related conditions, and a host of other illnesses both temporary and chronic.
For many, a home hospital bed is an essential part of their treatment and recovery. The bed’s adjustments, comfort, and safety features allow them to be treated in their own home rather than in a hospital or care facility.
But, in addition to playing a role in treatment and recovery, home hospital beds also help users to maintain a positive quality of life and a degree of independence. A premium hospital bed simplifies tasks that would otherwise be time-consuming, challenging, or even impossible for the user to achieve on their own. It also helps caregivers to quickly and efficiently treat and manage their patients while reducing the risk of injury to both patient and caregiver.
Let’s look at some of the ways a home hospital bed and a suitable hospital bed mattress can improve your quality of life by reducing the time and effort you spend on routine tasks.
Faster And Safer Transfers
Wheelchair users and people with bodily weakness or mobility issues face a daily struggle getting into and out of their bed. It is time-consuming and takes a lot of effort from both the patient and caregivers. It is also the point at which slips, falls, and injuries are most likely to happen.
Home hospital beds such as the Supernal 5 are designed to make it much easier for bed users to transfer to their wheelchair or get to their feet.
- The Hi-Low adjustment raises and lowers the height of the bed. Wheelchair users can set the bed to the height of their chair, making a self-transfer or transfer with a transfer board faster and safer.
- Hospital bed mattresses from Transfer Master feature border-edge protection, a stiffened edge zone that gives more support during transfers than traditional mattresses.
- The ability to raise the head of the bed allows the user to sit up without expending excessive effort and bedrails—if fitted—provide convenient and practical support while moving to the edge of the bed.
Traditional beds are not designed with challenging transfers in mind, but a home hospital bed is built for your comfort, convenience, and safety.
Better Support For Your Needs
Without a comfortable bed and mattress, it’s impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Without a good night’s sleep, few of us can fulfill our goals and achieve a positive quality of life.
What counts as truly comfortable for people with medical conditions depends on the condition and how much time they spend in bed. A bed that is perfectly comfortable for someone in peak physical condition may cause poor circulation, bedsores, frustration, and even injury to a bedridden, elderly, or disabled patient.
Support is just one aspect of comfort, but it is an important aspect. Our hospital bed mattresses are engineered to provide the optimal amount of support and comfort with layers of progressive laminated foams or memory foam, which provide the support different zones of the body require and redistribute pressure to avoid bedsores and poor circulation.
For patients who already have bedsores or who require extra help to change position, pressure-relief mattresses accelerate healing and offer the support each patient needs.
Adjustments at Your Fingertips
Old-fashioned hospital beds—and many of the less advanced beds available today—were mechanical. If you wanted to adjust the height or the head or foot adjustments, you would have to get out of bed and wind a handle or reposition part of the bed on a ratchet—or, more likely, ask a caregiver or family member to do it for you.
Modern hospital beds from Transfer Master are equipped with electric motors and easy-to-use controls. The Supernal 5 has an adjustable head, foot, elevation (Hi-Low), and two-way tilt mechanisms, all of which can be controlled from a wired or wireless remote by the patient from the bed.
It’s hard to overstate how much time and effort electronic adjustment saves in a day, both for the patient and for their caregivers.
Dealing with the day-to-day realities of sickness or disability is time-consuming and saps energy that could more productively and enjoyably be used elsewhere. A home hospital bed helps patients do what they need to do more quickly, efficiently, and safely, giving back time that would otherwise be lost.