Home care beds are designed to be a blend of hospital functions with home comfort. They are prescribed by your physician for many different reasons. Beds come in manual, semi-electric, and full electric models. Rails and special pressure reducing mattresses are available.
These are the most commonly used bed for home care. A remote controls is used to raise and lower the head and foot ends of the bed. A hand crank is used if the entire bed needs to be raised or lowered. Rails can attach to the bed if needed.
This is the most common option is it is generally covered by insurances.
Full Electric Beds
These beds have a remote control that raises / lowers the head, feet, and entire bed. The purpose of raising the entire bed is to transfer the person to a wheelchair. For patients who require this level of care a caretaker is almost always present during transfer. Therefore, the insurers consider this function as “not medically necessary”. It is available for purchase though. Ask your Diamond Care Coordinator for more information.
These beds are controlled by hand cranks for all functions. They are used where electrical power is not available or is intermittent. Generally these beds require a caretaker as the patient is unable to manually adjust the bed.
Heavy Duty Beds
For people weighing above 350 pounds special beds are required. Semi and full electric beds are available with weight capacities up to and exceeding 1,000 pounds.
Rails are available on all beds. They are used to prevent the user from falling out of the bed. The risk factors for falling should be considered before removing the bed rails.
There are several mattresses available for home care beds. If a person will be in the bed for extended periods of time (which is usually the case) special overlays will assist in preventing pressure sores.