The advantages of a hospital bed at home
There’s a lot of anxiety around getting a hospital bed at home.
For most, the first thought is “how much will a hospital bed cost us?”
You might even wonder if your loved one needs a hospital bed at all when they have a perfectly fine regular one.
These are all valid concerns.
However, it’s important to realize that for your particular situation, a hospital bed at home may be just the thing your loved one needs.
Here are some advantages you might want to consider when it comes to getting a hospital bed at home.
Ease of transfer
For your loved ones who are completely immobile, a hospital bed can be a great advantage.
What do I mean?
In order to prevent bed sores and to perform tasks like perineal care and bed baths, you will need to move your loved one.
In a traditional bed, this can be challenging especially since most beds are low. Because of the height of traditional beds, transferring and moving your loved one can put a lot of strain on your knees and back.
A hospital bed on the other hand has adjustable heights.
Thus, you can adjust the height to a safe level and move your loved one in a safe manner.
It is also easy to raise the head or raise the bottom of the bed depending on your loved one’s medical needs.
Hospital bed at home-Safety
Another advantage of getting a hospital bed is for safety purposes.
Most traditional beds don’t have railings on the side that prevent your loved one from falling.
Hospital beds on the other hand do.
Furthermore, just like you could raise the hospital bed when you’re moving your loved one, you can also lower these beds.
A bed that is lower to the ground will keep your loved one from getting severely hurt if they do fall.
Hospital bed mattresses are easier to clean
Hospital bed mattresses are typically easier to clean than a regular mattress.
Thus, if there’s a spill or accident where body fluids are spread on the bed, cleaning the mattress is easy.
You can move a hospital bed
Hospital beds usually have wheels.
If your loved one would like a change of scenery but would not like to get out of bed, this feature might come in handy.
Make it easier for hired caregivers
If you have agency caregivers who come in to take care of your loved one, take it from me when I say they will love you for getting your loved one a hospital bed.
It helps them do all of the above so your loved one is properly and safely cared for in their own home.
Paying for it
Cost is the biggest obstacle for most people when it comes to hospital beds.
Medicare Part B (medical insurance) will cover the cost of a hospital bed if a doctor prescribes that your loved one needs it at home.
You and/or your loved one would be responsible for paying 20% of the approved Medicare amount. After this, the Medicare deductible will kick in.
In order for this to happen, the doctor and the medical supplier will have to be enrolled in Medicare.
If your doctor and/or medical supplier is not enrolled with Medicare, the cost of the hospital bed will not be covered.
Thus, it’s important you make sure all these factors are aligned.
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