Long term beds are designed to maximize a patient’s comfort when they must spend significant amounts of time in bed. These beds are versatile and electrically powered, and their adjustability helps to both maximize patient comfort and make caregiving easier.
Long term beds feature both head and knee adjustments so that the patient can sit up comfortably in bed. This action helps to avoid pressure sores by changing the patient’s position, and also increases circulation after lying flat in bed for hours. Changing positions can also help to relieve muscle cramping and discomfort, and makes it easier for the patient to enjoy activities like watching TV or reading.
These homecare beds are also height adjustable, so you can change the height of the bed depending on what is needed at a particular time. Raise the bed to make interacting with and caring for the patient easier, and lower the bed when you’re getting ready to transfer the patient.
Ordering a long term bed gives you the chance to customize many of the bed’s features. You will often have the chance to select the bed’s size, control type, and mattress. Some beds give you the chance to choose the head and foot panel colors. You will also select whether you need bed rails, and the type of bed rails that you need.
When ordering a long term bed, make sure that the bed’s dimensions will fit in the room where you’re planning on locating the bed. You will also want to check the bed’s weight capacity to make sure that it can accommodate the patient.
Long term beds are designed to be comfortable for patients, and are easy to use. They minimize the amount of physical work required of the caregiver, and their motorized position changes make for a comfortable experience for the patient.
Mattresses Make a Difference
When you buy a long term bed, you will likely have a choice of available mattress choices. Many beds come with a basic mattress, but there are often multiple upgrade options. Don’t underestimate the role that a mattress can play in a patient’s comfort and wellbeing. If you can upgrade to a higher quality mattress, it won’t be a decision that you will regret.
When your long term bed arrives, make sure that you observe good safety practices. It’s always recommended to use bed rails to help prevent falls out of bed. You should also make sure that the bed is always locked into place when not being moved.
Familiarize yourself with the bed’s instructions for operation. You will need to make sure not to exceed the bed’s weight capacity.
It’s also a great idea to provide the patient with a bell or a phone close by the bed so that they can call for assistance if needed.