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.
This article will take you through the following:
1. How to get a hospital bed for home
2. Top considerations before buying a hospital bed
Firstly, 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 a more feasible option for some, and it gives you greater control over delivery times and design.
Beds provided by the council/hospital are very functional and clinical whereas purchasing privately means that you can choose something that fits both your medical needs and home surroundings. You can choose style, wider width and a more comfortable mattress. It’s also an excellent option for those who want a quick discharge from the hospital as suppliers like Opera can achieve much faster delivery and installation.
Hospital beds vary in price with various features and styling options. Our helpful cost guide will take you through what to expect. If cost is prohibitive to buying a bed, you can explore the possibility of funding. This will take some time but a good place to start is to speak with your hospital discharge team, an occupational therapist or a charity related to your medical condition (e.g. Parkinson's UK, Alzheimer's Society etc)
Video: How Opera can help you get a hospital bed for home
Before buying a hospital bed it’s important to consider the following:
1. What do you need a hospital bed to do for you?
For example, hospital beds can go up and down to help to get in and out of bed. Hospital beds with extensive height range can be raised to the carer’s waist level which is a great feature for those who have home-visit carers.
2. How quickly do you need the bed?
Hospital beds bought directly from suppliers are quicker than applying through the NHS or council. Be sure to check the lead times for hospital beds with the supplier before you buy. Most companies provide an installation service that you may wish to purchase. Some hospital beds are more complex than others to install which is something to bear in mind. We provide an installation service with all our hospital beds where our crews can come to your home and aim to install your new bed within 3-5 days from purchase.
3. Make sure you get advice from an expert
Before committing to purchasing a hospital bed it is always worth speaking to your occupational therapist or discharge team. Hospital beds are a big investment and it’s important you choose the most suited for the level of care.
At Opera, we have over a decade of experience providing hospital beds, with many being reviewed and approved by therapists themselves. Our dedicated team of expert advisers is available by phone to take you through the whole process of choosing a hospital bed.
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