Frequently Asked Questions about our hi-low hospital beds
What is a hi-low hospital bed?
A hi-low bed is a fully adjustable bed with an expanded head, foot, and height adjustability. These are perfect beds for people in home-healthcare or assisted living situations.
What health conditions is a hi-low bed good for?
These beds are designed to bring comfort to people with a range of health conditions or mobility issues. One end of the bed can be elevated to allow gravity to assist with getting out of bed, or the entire bed can be lowered to facilitate getting in and out of a wheelchair. In addition, hi-low beds with adjustable head or foot sections can elevate parts of the body to affect circulation and blood flow. There is no standard condition, but oftentimes, people who require hi-low beds have conditions such as:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic pulmonary disease
- Respiratory problems
- Workers comp injuries
- Military injuries
- Car accidents
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Congenital birth defects
- And many other health conditions
What is the range of motion on your hi-low hospital beds?
This depends on the specific model of hi-low hospital bed. Most of our beds have a height range of 10 inches and raise to a deck height of 20.5 inches. However, our Floor Hugger hi-low bed can get a deck height as low as 9.5 inches. Our New Valiant and Night Rider beds can also raise to a deck height of 24 inches for individuals who prefer a lofty resting height.
Are your hi-low home hospital beds electric?
Yes, they require minimal electric power and can be plugged into a standard power outlet for the U.S. and Canada. Special arrangements can be made to adapt our electric beds to operate in foreign countries upon request.
What do I do if there’s a power failure?
In the event of a power failure, our beds can also come equipped with an emergency power-down function. This can be provided with any electric home hospital bed we make, and allows you to set a preferred height and position setting that the bed automatically returns to in the event of a power failure. This allows you to still get in and out of your home hospital bed from a neutral position, even during a power outage.
Do I need a special mattress for these hi-low beds?
Yes. Our hospital beds for home use work best with a mattress that offers the correct flexibility and range of motion. Because of this, we’ve made this process easier by offering our own line of mattresses. For supreme comfort, we recommend the Ascent mattress or Soft Touch memory foam. For those who need an alternating pressure mattress or a mattress designed to prevent bedsores, we recommend the PressureGuard line of hospital bed mattresses.
What kinds of covers or liners can I get with my hi-low bed mattress?
We offer both cloth and vinyl covers to fit your needs. Our cloth mattress covers are made of premium bamboo fibers with is both incredibly soft and has natural antibacterial properties. The stretch vinyl covers are waterproof, yet feel soft to the touch like a cloth mattress cover would.
What is the difference between Trendelenberg and Reverse Trendelenberg?
The Trendelenburg position angles the bed so the feet are above the head to help those with issues like low blood pressure. The Reverse Trendelenburg angles the body so the head is elevated over the feet, to help alleviate regurgitation problems and acid reflux. Our hi-low beds are designed to accommodate these positions along with our specialty hospital bed mattresses.
Which of your beds support Trendelenberg and Reverse Trendelenberg positions?
Our 5-position hi-low beds support these special range-of-motion positions. The beds that come standard with all 5 positions are the Supernal 5 and New Valiant. However, many of our other beds can be customized to add these specific positions. Contact us or give us a call at 1-800-475-8122 to learn more.