Are you or a loved one due to come out of hospital soon? You’ve probably been given a list of assistive equipment by your care team, including a hospital bed or electric bed, which needs to be installed in your home before they’re able to discharge you.
Read on for a helpful guide on how to get a hospital for the home and some things you need to consider.
There are two ways to get a medical bed at home...
1. Apply for a bed from the hospital or local council
The NHS, your hospital, or local council may be able to provide you with a hospital-style bed or funding for a medical bed.
Speak with your occupational therapist, district nurse, or GP to find out if you are eligible. If you’re eligible, a request is sent to the hospital or council to arrange for either funding or for a hospital bed to be delivered to your home.
The only issue with this route is that it could involve a lengthy process to secure your bed, and therefore you may have to wait longer to be discharged. If you’re looking for a quick discharge, this option may not be viable.
Additionally, the bed provided may be only temporary until you can purchase your own assistive equipment.
2. Purchase a hospital bed
Investing in your own medical bed is also a feasible option for some, and it gives you more control over delivery times and design.
Purchasing a hospital bed means that you can choose something that fits both your medical needs and home surroundings. It’s also an excellent option for those who want a quick discharge from the hospital as, typically, suppliers can achieve faster delivery and installation.
If you are only needing a hospital bed for short-term use, renting a bed can get very expensive so buying your own is usually more cost-effective. See our article on hiring a hospital bed.
Video: How Opera can help you get a hospital bed for home
Key considerations for your new bed
Is the bed suitable for your care needs?
Buying a hospital bed for the home for either yourself or a person in your care can be a daunting proposition. Most hospital and electric bed providers are knowledgeable about their customers’ care needs, however, the ultimate decision is with you, and therefore you need to trust your provider.
At Opera, we’re happy to assist you in choosing the most suitable care bed for your healthcare needs at home. We have years of experience working with care providers, family members, and the users of our beds to ensure they have outstanding care in a homely, pleasant environment.
Every one of our hospital beds is NHS approved. For example, our electrically-adjusted beds give carers the ability to position the user so that they can be easily nursed through the fully profiling mattress platform. When choosing a hospital bed, it is important that you ensure the mattress platform is profiling.
Most hospital home-care beds will have a profiling function. This consists of an adjustable mattress platform (the base that the mattress sits on) that profiles to sit the user up in bed and raise their knees/legs. A profiling mattress platform has a back/headrest, a knee break, and a leg raiser, and is electrically operated using a remote handset. This helps the user to reposition themselves and maintain independence.
Opting for a hospital bed with a good height range
Our hospital beds are height adjustable which are designed to help both users and carers with easy access and mobility. The height range of an electric bed is determined by measuring the distance of the mattress platform to the floor when the bed is in its lowest position and highest position.
For example, if a bed can be lowered to 40cm from the floor and raised to 80cm from the floor, the height range is 40-80cm. A good height range is around 40-80cm for standard height beds.
Consider a low bed if the user is at risk of falling out of bed
Low hospital beds are very similar to the common standard-height version, only they can be lowered much closer to the floor. Low beds normally come down to around 20-25cm from the floor. The low floor height reduces the risk of injury from bed falls, making them an ideal choice for users who are prone to falling out of bed. Meanwhile, low beds may be a suitable alternative to side rails.
Trendelenburg positions are a handy extra
The Trendelenburg position is where the bed is tilted backward so that the user is laid flat on their back with their feet higher than their head. The opposite position to Trendelenburg is Anti-Trendelenburg. This position is where the bed tilts forward so that the feet are lower than the head. Anti-Trendelenburg is a handy extra for comfort, enabling the user to sit in an almost seated position when the mattress platform is fully profiled as well.
How fast can you get your bed?
Because you are dealing directly with a supplier, instead of applying through your NHS trust or a local authority, the process of getting your bed delivered is usually a lot faster.
Each company has its own delivery times and shipping policies, so be sure to check them out before you decide to buy.
At Opera, we have Next Day Delivery available for all stocked goods placed by 3 pm on Monday to Friday.
Who is assembling your bed?
If you have no means of installing your care bed into your home, some companies offer an installation service. This is a hassle-free alternative and ensures the bed is set up properly. We have our two-person installation service where our crew can deliver and install your new bed at home within 2-3 working days of purchase.
Additionally, if you need someone to remove your old bed and mattress, we can take these away for you also. We make sure they are sustainably disposed of or donated to charity depending on their condition.
Is style important to you?
When you arrive home from the hospital, you want to be surrounded by home comforts and things that feel familiar to you. Unfortunately, many traditional medical beds for the home look exactly like the bed you’ve been using while in hospital.
However, we believe that you shouldn’t have to comprise on style. At Opera, we’re committed to ensuring every one of our products balances advanced nursing functionalities with elegant, contemporary design. Our wide range of hospital beds comes in various styles and customisable options, allowing you to choose a bed that caters to your needs and is a pleasant addition to your home interior.
Try and buy a mattress from the same supplier
If you’re buying a hospital bed, chances are you will need to buy the mattress too, and it's easiest if you buy the bed and mattress from the same supplier. This way, there is no confusion between different suppliers’ products. It’s important to check the mattress is the most suitable one for the user.
We have a wide range of mattresses for hospital beds, ranging from pressure care mattresses to comfort foam mattresses. Our team is happy to help choose the perfect mattress for any of our electric beds. Every Opera mattress is high-quality and backed by generous warranty terms.
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