5 Considerations for Choosing a Power Scooter

How to Choose a Power Scooter

 

A Power scooter is ideal for shopping and errands because storage baskets are easily mounted to the front section. Unlike power wheelchairs, they can be taken apart to fit into the trunk of a car for travel. 

 

 Here are 5 things to consider before selecting a power scooter.

 

1. Which type is most suitable? 

 

Some scooters are designed for recreational use while others are intended to assist with users with limited mobility.  

Power scooters are available with 3 or 4-wheels in heavy duty or lightweight designs.  

Recreational scooters are designed for fun and enjoyment.  They are faster and more powerful than power scooters and are intended for outdoor use.  They are not ideal for individuals with injuries or disabilities. 

The Drive Medical ZooMe 3-wheel recreational scooter has a 20 mile range and top speed of 15 miles per hour.

Drive Medical ZooMe 3-Wheel Recreational Power Scooter 

Drive Medical ZooMe 3-Wheel Recreational Power Scooter 

4-wheel scooters feature a broad wheelbase that provides stability for outdoor use.  A large turning radius makes them less able to navigate narrow spaces indoors. 

The Drive Medical Cobra GT4 mobility scooter has a 22 mile range and wide 82” turning radius. 

Drive Medical Phoenix HD4 Mobility Scooter

Drive Medical Phoenix HD4 Mobility Scooter

3-wheel scooters are useful for indoor use due to their small wheels and maneuverability.  The single front wheel design provides maximum legroom for tall users. 

The Drive Medical Scout 3 mobility scooter has a narrow 45.5” turning radius and top speed of 4.25 miles per hour. 

Drive Medical Ventura 3 DLX Mobility Scooter

Drive Medical Ventura 3 DLX Mobility Scooter

Folding scooters collapse are lightweight and ideal for travel.  They are best used indoors due to their small wheels and low ground clearance.

The Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter electronically folds or unfolds in 15 seconds with its wireless key fob.

Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter

Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter

Heavy duty scooters are designed to remain stable on uneven terrain.  They also safely accommodate heavier users. 

The Drive Medical Cobra GT4 mobility scooter offers 5.5” of ground clearance and a weight capacity of 450 lbs. 

Drive Medical Ventura 3 DLX Mobility Scooter

Drive Medical Ventura 4 Mobility Scooter

 

2. Where will the mobility scooter be used? 

 

It is important to determine if the mobility scooter will primarily be used indoors or outdoors in order to select the best model for your needs. 

Indoor use

The turning radius of the scooter is the amount of space required to complete a full 360° turn. Compact 3-wheel scooters navigate narrow hallways and corners with their small wheels with tight turn radius.  Non-marking tires protect indoor floors while anti-tip wheels protect the user.  

 

The Drive Medical Scout 3 mobility scooter has a narrow 45.5” turning radius.  The 42.5” length and 20.5” width allows users to fit inside most elevators.

Drive Medical Scout 3 Mobility Scooter

Drive Medical Scout 3 Mobility Scooter

Outdoor use

Durable, flat-free wheels are best for navigating various types of outdoor terrains. 

 

Large, wide wheels navigate more easily over rough terrain, allowing a smoother ride for the user.  High ground clearance allows the chair to navigate obstacles without bottoming out. 

 

Maximum range is an important consideration so that the user can travel desired distances without having to recharge the battery.  

 

The Drive Medical Cobra GT4 mobility scooter offers 5.5” of ground clearance with 8 degrees climbing angle.  It has a maximum range of 22 miles with a top speed of 10 miles per hour. 

Drive Medical Cobra GT4 Mobility Scooter

Drive Medical Cobra GT4 Mobility Scooter

 

3. Who will be using the Power Scooter? 

 

A power scooter is available with a variety of seat styles and weight capacities. Delta tillers are ideal for users with limited dexterity.  

Fit

The user should be able to reach the steering control without having to arch the back. 

 

The knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle and the feet resting flat on the footrest.  The listed weight capacity must accommodate the user as well as other items that will be carried on the scooter. 

 

The Drive Medical Ventura 3 mobility scooter has a 400 lb weight capacity and a roomy floorboard with 23” of foot space. The seat can be adjusted for height as well as forward/backward. 

Seat

A contoured captain’s seat is designed for comfort and support, making it suitable for long periods of use.  Compact scooters typically have narrower lightweight seats with folding backrests.  

 

The Drive Medical Cobra GT4 mobility scooter has a generous 22” seat with a reclining backrest.  The padded armrests can be adjusted to the user’s preferred angle. 

Controls

The tiller controls the direction and speed of the mobility scooter. A standard handlebar-type tiller requires the user to hold it with both hands. 

 

Constant pressure and manual dexterity are needed to control speed and turn signals.  Delta tillers have an oval shape that can be controlled with either hand.

 

Less dexterity is required as the speed is controlled with a center dial. 

 

The Drive Medical Spitfire DST features a delta tiller with central mount speed control dial. 

 

4. Is portability a priority?

 

Some scooters may fold or be dismantled so that they can be transported without the need for ramps, hoists or trailers.

 

They are ideal for traveling by plane, train or automobile. 

Folding scooters fit in the trunk of a car without need for a hoist, ramp or trailer. Folding may be done electronically or manually. 

The Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter weighs only 60 lbs and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. It folds automatically to just 17″ (L) x 17″ (W) x 23.5″ (H).

Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter

Drive Medical ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter

Portable scooters may be taken apart so that lightweight components are easily lifted into the trunk of a car.  

The Drive Medical Scout 3 mobility scooter features quick and easy disassembly.  The heaviest piece weighs only 29 lbs and the battery weighs only 20 lbs. 

Drive Medical Scout 3 Mobility Scooter

Drive Medical Scout 3 Mobility Scooter

 

5. What maintenance is required? 

 

All power scooters require regular care to ensure that they continue to function correctly.  

 

Power scooters should be kept in a clean, dry place at room temperature.

 

Batteries should be recharged after every use, no matter how long it was used. Batteries should be kept fully charged and never drained completely.

 

 Exposure to extreme temperatures can damage the electronics and plastics. The batteries and electronics should not be exposed to water or moisture. 

 

The controller, seat and frame should be wiped clean as necessary with a damp cloth and mild cleaner.   

 

Daily checks: 

  • The tiller is straight when it is in neutral position
  • No frayed or exposed wires in the controller harness
  • No flat spots on the tires
  • No loose hardware on the seats, armrests and front riggings

 

Weekly checks: 

  • No corrosion on the controller harness or frame
  • All controller harnesses are securely fastened
  • The brakes are functional at the lowest speed setting

 

Monthly checks: 

  • Sufficient tread on the tires 
  • No loose hardware anywhere on the scooter

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, with this article I hope you can get to answer most of the questions you have about mobility scooters.

 

Whether indoors or outdoors, power scooters allow you or your loved ones to get around easily.

 

At HomeCare Hospital Beds we want to help you make an informed decision. 

 

If you have any doubts on which power scooter is best for you, please contact our HomeCare Hospital Beds team so we can help you make the right choice.

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

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5 Considerations when selecting a wheelchair

Low Air Loss Mattress Systems: Your Top Questions Answered

Low Air Loss Mattress Systems: Your Top Questions Answered

 

If you are in a hospital or need to stay in bed in the comfort of your home for any amount of time, a low air loss mattress might be a good choice.

 

As well as helping you maintain a comfortable position, a low air loss mattress can also relieve pressure on vital areas of your body.

 

Low air loss and alternating pressure mattresses are the two most popular types of medical air mattresses recommended for individuals who are at risk of bed sores. 

 

What Are Low Air Loss Mattresses?

 

Low air loss mattresses are designed to distribute the patient’s body weight over a broad surface area and help prevent skin breakdown.

 

Air continually flows through tiny laser-made air holes in the top of the mattress surface so that the user floats on a soft cushion of air.

 

True air loss mattresses feature greater airflow to maintain optimal skin temperature and moisture levels. 

 

How Does an Alternating Air Mattress Work?

 

Alternating pressure air mattresses provide additional protection with rows of air cells that gently switch between inflation and deflation.

 

The pressure changes cycle every 10-25 minutes and are not noticeable to the user. 

 

This shifts the person’s weight to prevent constant pressure on fragile skin areas and also promotes blood flow to tissues.  

Close up view of air cells
Close up view of air cells of Proactive Protekt® Aire 6000 Mattress

 

Who Can Benefit from Alternating Air Mattresses?

 

Individuals who spend long periods of time in bed can develop bed sores from prolonged pressure on skin areas.

 

These wounds can develop anywhere on the body but are most common on the heels, spine and hips. The alternating pressure uses pressure redistribution to stimulate blood circulation and pressure relief to anyone sleeping on it.

 

These air mattresses provide constant relief to the person sleeping on one while reducing the need for the need for manual repositioning by a loved one.

 

What Is the Difference Between Low Air Loss and Alternating Pressure Mattress?

 

A low air loss mattress is essentially an air mattress covered with tiny holes.  These holes are designed to let out air very slowly which helps keep the skin dry and wicks away any moisture.

 

Alternating pressure mattresses alternates inflation and deflation of air cells that constantly moves pressure from different parts of the body.  

 

Can You Put a Sheet on a Low Air Loss Mattress?

 

Fitted sheets should not be used over low air loss mattresses because they compress the air cells and restrict air flow. Thin knit or jersey material flat sheets should be used instead. 

 

Low air loss mattress covers are specially designed to allow air flow to pass through and prevent moisture buildup.

 

This creates a microclimate between the skin and mattress to keep the user comfortable and prevent skin breakdown. 

 

Quilted reusable pads and incontinence briefs will block airflow and trap moisture against the skin. Disposable air-permeable incontinence pads designed for use with low air loss mattresses should be used instead. 

 

What Are the Best Low Air Loss Mattress Options?

 

Proactive Protekt® Aire 6000 

 Proactive Protekt® Aire 6000

 

The Proactive Protekt® Aire 6000 combines low air loss with alternating pressure therapy.  

The 80”L x 36”W x 8” H mattress has a 450 lb weight capacity. The quilted nylon top cover is fluid-resistant and anti-microbial to provide a cool, dry surface for comfortable sleep.  

Top Features:

  • The mattress cell design features adjustable air cycles that will hold air during a power failure
  • Quilted nylon cover provides a cool, dry surface for skin protection and comfort
  • The quiet air pump has a user-friendly LED touch screen with audible and visual alarms for low pressure and power failure.

Span America PressureGuard Protocol™ 

Span America PressureGuard Protocol™

 

The Span America PressureGuard Protocol is 35” wide mattress has a 400 lb weight capacity while the 42” width can accommodate users up to 500 lbs.  

The quiet air pump features adjustable pressure levels for comfort and will maintain pressure during power failure. 

A 30-minute auto-firm function provides stability during bathing and activities of daily living. An 18-month warranty is included. 

 

Top Features:

  • Segmented Geo-Matt foam and Air Diffusion Matrix mattress cover layer provide comfort while protecting the skin.
  • The Protective Heel Slope protects the feet and Safety Edge design minimizes risk of entrapment
  • Variety of size options and configurations with a maximum weight capacity of 500 lbs

Invacare MicroAir MA1000 

Invacare MicroAir MA1000

The Invacare MicroAir MA1000 features true low air loss therapy with a 1275 liter/minute high powered pump. The 80”L x 36”W x 10” H mattress has a 600 lb. weight capacity.

 

 The 3:1 alternating pressure feature inflates and deflates cells to support ⅔ of the body at any given time. Cycle times are customizable with 10 adjustable control settings for individualized comfort.  

 

A convenient Auto Set Mode continually monitors and adjusts pressures based on the user’s height, weight and position.  

 

Patient Care Mode provides quick maximum inflation to help with bathing or activities. The quilted nylon cover is comfortable against the skin and intentionally oversized to reduce friction. A limited one year warranty is included. 

  • High powered pump provides true air loss and alternating pressure for maximum protection against skin breakdown
  • Pulsation feature provides comforting massage and improves blood flow through small blood vessels
  • Cycle times and pressures may be customized by the user or adjusted automatically with Auto Set Mode.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, both types of mattresses are useful for reducing pressure on skin areas  keeping you comfortable while bed-ridden. 

 

We hope you find the medical air mattresses we previously featured as great options to explore. As always, please consult with your doctor who can guide you through on the best approach for you or your loved one.

 

At HomeCare Hospital Beds we want to help you make an informed decision. 

 

If you have any doubts on which low air loss or alternating air mattress is best for you, please contact our HomeCare Hospital Beds team so we can help you make the right choice.

 

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

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The 3 Best Overbed Tables for Home

The 3 Best Overbed Tables for Home

 

If you’re looking for an overbed table, sorting through all the different brands and models can be time consuming and stressful.

 

There are many options when it comes to purchasing overbed tables: durability, design, height adjustment and even prices vary greatly.

 

In this article, we feature the 3 best overbed tables for home use that will make things a bit easier if you’re looking to purchase one.

 

Budget Friendly:

Drive Medical Non-Tilt Top Overbed Table

$60.09-$64.80

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The Drive Medical Non-Tilt Top Overbed Table is an economical option for eating, reading and holding bedside items. The slightest pressure raises and lowers the table top to any desired height between 28 and 45 inches.

The top locks securely into place once the height adjustment lever is released. The walnut wood-grain laminate is attractive, durable and easy to clean. The 2” swivel casters allow the table to be moved around the bed and locked in place.

The H-shaped base provides stability and fits under standard bed frames.

Top Features:

  • Height adjustable between 28 and 45 inches
  • H-shaped base with locking 2” swivel casters
  • Attractive, durable wood grain laminate top

Best Used for Low Beds:

Drive Medical Low Height Overbed Table

$116.39

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Drive Medical Low Height Overbed Table is designed specifically for use with hospital beds that lower to just a few inches above the floor.

The H-shaped base features a short frame that fits in just 3.25” of space between the floor and bed frame. A light touch lowers the table top to any desired height between 19 and 28 inches. The 2” swivel casters allow the table to be easily moved around the bed and locked in place.

The 15” x 30” melamine top is roomy, attractive and easily sanitized. The tubular steel construction and 100 lb. weight capacity allows the table to support suction machines, portable ventilators and other equipment.

Top Features:

  • Height adjustable between 19 and 28 inches
  • 3.25” frame-to-floor clearance for use with low beds
  • Steel construction and 100 lb weight capacity

Most Versatile:

Invacare Auto-Touch Overbed Table

$260

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The Invacare Auto-Touch Overbed Table features a patented spring-loaded locking handle for easy height adjustment between 28 and 40 inches.

The C-shaped base design enables the table to fit under the bed or be placed in front of a chair, making it perfect for reading, writing and eating.

The 1.5” swivel casters allow the table to be moved in any direction and locked in place. The 15” x 30” wood-grain laminate top is easily cleaned with a molded edge to protect from damage. The heavy-gauge welded steel construction ensures lasting durability.

Top Features:

  • Patented spring-loaded handle for easy height adjustment
  • C-shaped design allows table to fit under a bed or in front of a chair
  • Heavy-gauge welded steel construction

 

Final Thoughts

 

At HomeCare Hospital Beds we want to help you make an informed decision.

If you have any doubts on which overbed table is best for you, please contact our HomeCare Hospital Beds team so we can help you make the right choice.

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

5 Considerations When Selecting a Power Wheelchair

If you’re looking for a power wheelchair, you will need to consider several different factors before choosing one.

Power wheelchairs are available with rear-wheel, mid-wheel, or front-wheel drive. This affects how the chair moves and is a primary consideration when choosing a power wheelchair. Here are 5 things to consider before selecting a power wheelchair.

 

1. Which power base is most suitable? 

Rear-Wheel Drive

Rear-wheel drive power wheelchairs feature two large drive wheels in the back with two smaller wheels at the front. 

Rear-wheel drive chairs are ideal for outdoor use on gravel, high grass and uneven terrain. The user’s weight is located directly over the drive wheels, providing maximum stability and control. 

Rear-wheel drive chairs have the largest possible turning radius, making them more difficult to maneuver indoors. 

* The Cirrus Plus EC features a 4” ground clearance which allows comfortable navigation over bumps and ruts. 

Drive Medical Cirrus Plus EC Folding Rear-Wheel Power Wheelchair

Drive Medical Cirrus Plus EC Folding Rear-Wheel Power Wheelchair

 

 

Mid-wheel Drive

Mid-wheel-drive power wheelchairs feature a drive wheel located midway between the front and rear of the chair. 

These power wheelchairs are very easy to use due to their intuitive feel and small turning radius. This type of chair can turn around in its own space similar to human movement. 

Mid-wheel drive chairs are ideal for indoor use in apartments, offices and anywhere with limited room to maneuver. They are not well suited for rough terrain or outdoor use. 

** The Titan AXS features four 6” caster wheels for outdoor stability and 10” drive wheels for indoor maneuverability. 

Drive Medical Titan AXS Mid-Wheel Power Wheelchair 2

Drive Medical Titan AXS Mid-Wheel Power Wheelchair

Front-Wheel Drive

These power wheelchairs feature large drive wheels in the front with two smaller wheels at the rear. 

This configuration allows more force to be distributed to each of the tires, increasing traction over soft terrain. 

Front-wheel drive chairs have a respectable turning radius and good stability, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. 

The small rear wheels may fishtail when turning at high speeds so front-wheel drive chairs are slower than mid- or rear-wheel drive chairs. 

** The Trident HD features 14” drive wheels for indoor and outdoor use. The suspension and front anti-tip wheels allow users to easily navigate uneven terrain. 

Drive Medical Trident HD Front-Wheel Power Wheelchair

Drive Medical Trident HD Front-Wheel Power Wheelchair

 

2. Where will the wheelchair be used? 

It is important to determine if the power wheelchair will primarily be used indoors or outdoors in order to select the best model for your needs. 

Indoor use

The turning radius of the chair is the amount of space required to complete a full 360° turn. Mid-wheel drive chairs are considered to be the most maneuverable as they have the smallest turn radius. This is important for making 90° turns in small spaces such as hallways, kitchens and bedrooms.

** The Titan AXS features a 20” turn radius and a programmable controller with Bluetooth electronics. 

Drive Medical Titan AXS Mid-Wheel Power Wheelchair 2

Drive Medical Titan AXS Mid-Wheel Power Wheelchair

Outdoor use

Durable, flat-free wheels are best for navigating various types of outdoor terrains. Large, wide wheels and casters travel more easily over rough terrain, allowing a smoother ride for the user. 

High ground clearance allows the chair to navigate obstacles without bottoming out. Maximum range is an important consideration so that the user can travel desired distances without having to recharge the battery.

 

** The Cirrus Plus EC features a maximum travel range of 15 miles with flat-free tires that are ideal for outdoor use.

Drive Medical Cirrus Plus EC Folding Rear-Wheel Power Wheelchair 3

Drive Medical Cirrus Plus EC Folding Rear-Wheel Power Wheelchair

 

3. Who will be using the chair? 

Power wheelchairs are available with a variety of seat widths and weight capacities. Heavy-duty chairs have reinforced frames and high-strength materials to safely transport heavier individuals. 

 

Most power wheelchairs have a weight capacity of 300 lbs. Heavier individuals need to use heavy duty wheelchairs with wider seats and reinforced frames. 

Their frames are larger and wider with solid no-flat tires. Heavy-duty chairs are less portable than standard chairs due to the weight of additional reinforcements. 

** The Trident HD accommodates users up to 450 lbs. It can be taken apart into four pieces with quick-release seat removal, making it simple and convenient for travel. 

Drive Medical Trident HD Heavy Duty Power Wheelchair

Drive Medical Trident HD Heavy Duty Power Wheelchair

 

4. Is portability a priority? 

Portable wheelchairs are sturdy and durable enough for everyday use but can be folded or taken apart for travel. 

Portable power wheelchairs are ideal for users with active lifestyles. These lightweight models are easily taken apart for transport and storage. 

They can fit into a large trunk or SUV without the need for costly vehicle ramps, hoists or lifts.

** The Titan LTE Portable Powerchair weighs only 112 lbs with a weight capacity of 300 lbs. It can be taken apart into three pieces with the heaviest weighing just 39 lbs. 

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Drive Medical Titan LTE Portable Powerchair

 

5. What maintenance is required? 

All power wheelchairs require regular care to ensure that they continue to function correctly. 

Power wheelchairs should be kept in a clean, dry place at room temperature. Exposure to extreme temperatures can damage the electronics and plastics. The controller, seat and frame should be wiped clean as necessary with a damp cloth and mild cleaner.  

Daily checks: 

  • The joystick is straight when it is in neutral position
  • No frayed or exposed wires in the controller harness
  • No flat spots on the tires
  • No loose hardware on the seats, armrests and front riggings

Weekly checks: 

  • No corrosion on the controller harness or frame
  • All controller harnesses are securely fastened
  • The brakes are functional at the lowest speed setting

Monthly checks:

  • No evidence of wear on the anti-tip wheels 
  • Sufficient tread on the drive tires and caster wheels
  • No loose hardware anywhere on the chair

 

Final Thoughts

Consultation with a physician is essential before selecting and using wheelchairs. Correct sizing of the frame and seat is important to prevent injury or skin breakdown. Physical and occupational therapists can guide selection of wheelchair features and provide training on how to use wheelchairs safely. 

 

At HomeCare Hospital Beds we want to help you make an informed decision. 

If you have any doubts on which power wheelchair type is best for you, please contact our HomeCare Hospital Beds team so we can help you make the right choice.

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

11 Types of Manual Wheelchairs: Everything You Need to Know

Making Sense of Manual Wheelchair Types

 

Wheelchairs are helpful for people who can only take a few steps before needing to rest or have difficulty walking long distances.  

 

Manual wheelchairs are available in many different configurations and all of the options can be overwhelming to choose from. 

 

 It is helpful to understand the basic types in order to choose the model that best fits the user’s needs.  Here is everything you need to know about the 11 types of manual wheelchairs.

 

What is a Manual Wheelchair?

 

1. Manual wheelchairs: 

Designed to be self-propelled by the user or pushed by a companion or caregiver. They are available with a wide variety of colors and features.  

 

Rigid frames are preferred for users who will propel themselves with their arms due to more effective energy propulsion.  The primary advantage of folding wheelchairs is their portability.  

 

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Drive Medical 16” Blue Streak Wheelchair with swing-away footrests

2. Standard Wheelchairs

 

Durable, economical with basic features such as fixed armrests and swing-away footrests.  

 

They are collapsible, transportable and feature large rear wheels so they can be propelled by the user or caregiver. 

 

The steel frames are sturdy but can be difficult to push on uneven surfaces or long periods of time. 

Drive Medical Viper Plus GT Wheelchair

Drive Medical Viper Plus GT Wheelchair with desk-length arms and swing-away footrests

3. Self-Propelled Wheelchairs:

Most users move their wheelchairs by pushing the arms forward while holding on to the rims of the wheels.  

 

Large 24” diameter rear wheels are needed with hand rims, swivel front casters and hand brakes.   

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Drive Medical Silver Sport 1 Wheelchair

4. Foot-Propelled Wheelchairs:

Some users prefer to remove the foot rests and use their feet to move the wheelchair for short distances on flat surfaces. Lightweight frames with adjustable seat-to-floor height work best.

 

 A lower seat-to-floor height may be needed so that the user’s feet can comfortably reach the floor.  Transport wheelchairs are suitable for foot propulsion as the large rear wheels are not needed.

 

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Drive Medical Deluxe Fly-Weight Aluminum Transport Chair with Removable Casters

5. Transport/Companion Wheelchairs

Folding aluminum or steel frames are designed to be pushed by a caregiver or family member. They feature simple construction, small 12” rear wheels and a narrow seat. 

 

They cannot be self-propelled by the user’s arms because the small rear wheels and brakes are out of reach. 

 

Transport wheelchairs are ideal for short term use and travel because they require minimal storage space. They are not recommended for users who require elevating legrests. 

 

Transport wheelchairs are also helpful for users with dementia who could be injured by touching the wheels when they are in motion.  

 

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Drive Medical 17” Steel Transport Chair

 

6. Folding Wheelchairs:

These lightweight designs have collapsible frames, making them ideal for travel and intermittent use.  

 

The wheelchair seat and components are folded into a compact shape that can fit into the trunk of a vehicle or storage space.   

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Drive Medical Travelite Transport Chair with carry bag
Folded drive medical lightweight wheelchair

Drive Medical Rebel Wheelchair

7. Lightweight Wheelchairs

Typically weighing less than 35 lbs, these aluminum and titanium frames are easier to push and stow than steel frames.  

 

Some models may be self-propelled while others must be pushed by a companion.  

 

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Drive Medical Poly-Fly High Strength, Lightweight Wheelchair/Flyweight Transport Chair Combo

Weight: 33 lbs

8. Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs

Minimalist designs generally weigh less than 25 lbs, making them able to maneuver through narrow halls and doorways.  

 

They are ideal for short-term and intermittent use. 

 

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Drive Medical Lightweight Expedition Aluminum Transport ChairWeight: 19 lbs
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Heavy Duty and Bariatric Wheelchairs:

 Reinforced steel frames are more durable and have greater weight capacities than standard wheelchairs. 

 

Seat widths are available from 20” to 30” with a maximum weight capacity of 700 lbs. Enhanced bracing supports provide safety and stability for comfort. 

 

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Drive Medical 24” Bariatric Sentra Extra Heavy-Duty Wheelchair

Weight capacity: 500 lbs

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Drive Medical 30” Bariatric Sentra EC Heavy-Duty, Extra-Extra-Wide Wheelchair

Weight capacity: 700 lbs

10. High Back/Reclining Wheelchairs

The adjustable seat-to-back angle is recommended for users who have difficulty sitting upright due to weak torso muscles or spinal deformities.  

 

The high back provides support for the neck and shoulders when the user is in a reclined position. 

 

 The ability to recline is important to distribute pressure and reduce the risk of skin breakdown when the user sits in the chair for extended periods of time. 

 

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Drive Medical 16” Silver Sport Full-Reclining Wheelchair 

Drive Medical 16” Viper Plus Reclining Wheelchair reclined all the way

Drive Medical 16” Viper Plus Reclining Wheelchair

 

11. Tilt-in-Space wheelchairs:

 

The entire seat tilts to change the user’s orientation while keeping the same hip, knee and ankle angles.

 

The type of manual wheelchair can provide up to 45 degrees of tilt with redistributed pressure to prevent skin breakdown.  The legs and torso can be elevated at the same time to relieve swelling and low blood pressure. 

 

 Improved comfort and reduced fatigue enable users to spend more time out of bed.  Tilting the chair back fully also reduces the effort required for positioning the user before transferring to the bed. 

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Drive Medical Kanga 14” Pediatric Folding Tilt-in-Space Wheelchair

 

Consultation with a physician is essential before selecting and using wheelchairs.  Correct sizing of the frame and seat is essential to prevent injury or skin breakdown.  Physical and occupational therapists can guide selection of wheelchair features and provide training on how to use wheelchairs safely. 

 

At HomeCare Hospital Beds we want to help you make an informed decision.  

If you have any doubts on which manual wheelchair type is fit for you, please contact our HomeCare Hospital Beds team, so we can help you make the right choice.

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

 

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Ultimate Guide to Bathroom Safety Aids

5 Items to Stay Safe in The Shower and Bath

 

Bathroom safety can be an important part of living on your own. It’s hard to get away from the fact that you have less space and more obstacles in the bathroom. Whether you are adapting to bathroom safety aids for the first time, or simply want a checklist of items to make your bathroom safer, here are 5 items that will help you stay safe. 

1. Shower seats

 

Shower stools, benches and chairs allow bathers to remain seated while showering and help reduce the risk of falls.  

 

Knock-down bath seats are easily disassembled for intermittent use. Wall-mounted seats fold against the wall for occasional use but provide only minimal support while showering.  

wall mounted shower seat

PVC and composite materials resist corrosion and are easy to clean. Non-slip feet prevent the seat from sliding in the tub or shower. Hand held shower heads are recommended when bathers are seated, especially when a caregiver provides assistance.  

 

Adjustable height shower chairs are important for short individuals so that their feet can touch the floor while seated. Armrests and backs are helpful for people with poor balance who need additional support.  

 

Removable arms are useful when slide boards are used for transferring to and from a wheelchair.  Openings in the seat make it easier to clean intimate areas while showering. 

 

The weight capacity varies by make and model, and should never be exceeded for safety reasons. It is important to measure bathroom doors and spaces because bariatric shower chairs may be too large to fit inside standard shower stalls. 

 

bath bench stool with arms and back

 

Multi-purpose shower chairs can function as commodes for individuals with very limited mobility.  They are manufactured with water-resistant materials unlike typical bedside commodes.  

 

Some shower chairs have wheels with locking casters for bringing bathers to and from walk-in shower areas.  They can also be positioned over the toilet and moved to the shower while the bather stays seated.  Swing-away footrests and removable arms facilitate easy transfer from the wheelchair or bed. 

 

rehab shower commode chair

 

2. Transfer benches

 

Transfer benches are longer than standard shower chairs and are designed specifically to help people with limited mobility to get in and out of the tub. 

 

The bather can sit down outside the tub and easily slide across the bench into the tub to remain seated for showering. Normal shower chairs are stationary and can be placed inside or outside the tub but they will not aid the user with transitioning from one side of the tub to the other.

 

 Dual-function transfer benches can also serve as commodes for people with very limited mobility.

padded transfer bench commode

 

Non-slip feet are essential to prevent movement of the bench in the bathtub. Some models have sliding seats with safety belts for people with delicate skin or who need additional support. 

 

Curtain guard protection helps prevent water from splashing onto the floor outside the tub. Many shower transfer benches have removable backs that can be switched to the other side for alternate direction use.  Some models fold flat for storage, making them ideal for intermittent use.  

 

PVC and composite materials resist corrosion and are easy to clean. The weight capacity varies by make and model, and should never be exceeded for safety reasons.  

transfer bench with curtain guard protection

 

3. Bath lifts

 

Bathtub lifts allow people who suffer from limited mobility the chance to safely enjoy the benefits of a relaxing bath. It is important to measure the bathtub before purchase even though most lifts are designed to fit standard sized tubs. 

 

Some lifts are specially designed to accommodate small bathrooms or deeper whirlpool-style bathtubs. Lifts may have swivel seats or flaps on either side of the seat to facilitate slide transfers from a wheelchair. 

 

A reclining seat back is important for relaxation and comfort. Most lifts have long lasting batteries with remotes that allow bathers to move the seat without risk of electrical shock. 

 

Remote controls should float so that they will not be lost underwater. Bath lifts are held in place with suction cups for easy installation and stability in the tub during use. Some lifts can be folded for storage when not in use. 

 

bath lifter in bathtub

 

4. Safety grab rails

Wall-mounted safety grab bars should be installed in bathtub and shower areas to prevent slipping on wet floor surfaces.  Vertical grab bars should be mounted next to the shower door jamb and on the wall next to the water controls.  

 

Two more horizontal or diagonal grab bars should be mounted within the shower stall on the back and/or side walls. Horizontal grab bars should be installed near the rims of free-standing bathtubs and on the back wall of tub enclosures. 

 

A grab bar should be within reach for someone seated on a bench in the tub or shower. Safety grab bars must always be mounted into wall studs to ensure that they will securely support the bather’s body weight. 

 

Toilet-with-grab-bars

Safety handles can be clamped to the side of the bathtub wall for extra support when stepping in and out of the tub.  Bathtub safety handles may become loose and need to be re-tightened periodically. 

 

They should be checked before each use that they are secure.  Molded fiberglass tubs and showers are not strong enough for mounted grab bars and safety handles due to their thin materials and uneven surface designs.  

bathtub safety rail clamp

5. Hand-Held Shower Heads 

 

Hand-held shower heads are beneficial for people who remain seated in the shower, especially when caregivers provide assistance.  The hose should be at least six feet in length to easily reach all areas of the body.   

 

An on-off flow switch helps prevent overspray and allows the user to turn the water on and off without having to reach for the wall controls.  A diverter valve allows the user to switch water flow from the wall mounted shower head to the hand-held shower spray with the flick of a switch. 

 

A shower arm mount allows use as a traditional shower head when not needed as a hand-held sprayer. Massaging spray options help relieve pain and easily rinse shampoo from thick hair.  

 

hand held shower sprayer

 

Final Thoughts

 

Bathroom safety is very important as it is a unique condition and not generally something we consider for ourselves. Whether you are adapting to bathroom safety aids for the first time, or simply want a checklist of items to make your bathroom safer, we hope our guide was able to help.

 

At HomeCare Hospital Beds we want to help you make an informed decision.  

If you have any doubts on which bathroom safety aid is fit for you, please contact our HomeCare Hospital Beds team, so we can help you make the right choice.

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

 

Learn more about Hospital Bed Safety.

Read our latest Hospital Bed Buying Guide.

 

5 Things to Know About Toilet Safety Aids

5 Things to Know About Toilet Safety Aids

As your loved one gets older you want to make sure you have all the safety precautions in the bathroom.  Transferring from standing to sitting can pose a risk for falls that may result in a serious injury.  Fortunately, we have put together 5 things you should know about toilet safety aids, making it easy to find the best type for your bathroom.

 

1. Elevated toilet seats

 

Raised toilet seats reduce the strain on legs, back and knees for people with arthritis, limited mobility, poor balance or muscle weakness.  They are easily installed without tools and are lightweight and portable, making them well suited for travel.   

Molded plastic materials are easily cleaned and some seats have openings in the front and/or back for hygiene.  Many seats come with arms to provide support for sitting and standing.  

 

A raised toilet seat with arms is essential for individuals recovering from hip surgery to prevent bending more than 90° at the waist.  Removable arms are helpful for wheelchair users who use a slide board for transfer. 

 

 Locking seats are recommended to prevent shifting during slide transfers to and from the toilet from a wheelchair.  Weight capacity varies and some seats are designed specifically for standard or elongated toilet bowls. Raised seats without arms and wall-mounted grab bars are best for narrow bathroom spaces.  

 

2. Toilet safety rails

Safety rails fit around round and elongated toilets to provide support when sitting and standing.  They do not raise the height of the toilet seat, making them suitable for people of short stature. Some rails are mounted to the toilet bowl while others have legs that extend to the floor with non-slip tips. 

Toilet bowl to floor safety rails - Drive Medical RTL12000

Frames are made of rust-resistant steel or aluminum and weight capacity varies.  The height of the plastic armrests can be adjusted for comfort and use with elevated toilet seats.  Some models feature adjustable width between the arms and padded armrests. 

Free standing toilet safety rails - Drive Medical rtl12079

3. Bedside commodes

Bedside commodes can be used as bedside toilets, raised toilet seats or toilet safety frames depending on the needs of the user.  The lightweight frame provides adjustable seat height and safety rails over standard and elongated toilet bowls. 

A hinged lid and removable drop-in bucket with handle allows the commode to be used at the bedside as needed.  Weight capacities vary and bariatric models are available.  Drop-arm commodes are helpful for wheelchair users who use a slide board for transfer.  Some commodes allow the front legs to be folded against the back of the frame when the front crossbar is released, making them ideal for travel. 

Folding steel commode - Drive Medical RTL11158KDR

Commodes are not ideal for use in the shower due to their steel frame construction.

 

4. Wall-mount safety grab bars

Suction-mounted grab bars should not be used by the toilet as they are not intended to support the user’s body weight. Ideally three grab bars should be mounted around the toilet.  Two safety grab bars should be mounted on the wall next to the toilet. 

 

 One bar should be parallel to the floor, approximately 5-6 inches above the toilet seat. This bar should be at least 32” long and extend at least 12” past the front of the toilet bowl.  A second 18” bar should be installed vertically above the horizontal bar.   

 

A third 36” bar should be mounted horizontally on the wall behind the toilet to provide support caregivers and when leaning over to flush the toilet. Grab bars must be screwed securely into wall studs to support at least 250lbs for sitting and standing. 

Toilet-with-grab-bars

 

5. Other bathroom safety recommendations

Bathroom floors must be kept dry and free of clutter or extension cords.  Bath rugs must be low profile with non-skid backing. Toilet paper should be easily reached without having to bend over.  

 

Towel bars may be replaced with safety grab bars for extra support by the sink. Locks should be removed from bathroom doors so that caregivers can easily enter in case of emergency.  

Rubber tips on commode and toilet rail legs should be replaced periodically to ensure that they will stay in place on the floor. Replacement tips are available in various sizes with slip-resistant rubber that prevents damage to the floor.  Commode pail liners can also be used to reduce splashing and odor. 

Commode Pail Liners - Drive Medical RTL12095

 

 

Final Thoughts

Bathroom safety is very important to look out for with you or your loved ones.  Bathroom safety aids can reliably prevent accidents when using the toilet.  You should not have to struggle to get up and down in the bathroom and a safety aid can help reduce the risk of a fall or accident in your home.

At HomeCare Hospital Beds we want to help you make an informed decision.  

If you have any doubts on which toilet safety aid is fit for you, please contact our HomeCare Hospital Beds team, so we can help you make the right choice.

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

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4 Important Things to Know when Selecting Bed Safety Rails for Home Hospital Beds

Selecting Bed Safety Rails for Home Hospital Beds

Hospital bed safety rails are used by patients to assist with repositioning and to help getting in and out of bed. 

 

Caregivers must carefully select the appropriate bed rail for the loved one’s age, size, weight and medical condition. 

 

It is important to remember that all hospital bed side rails, frames and mattresses are not interchangeable. 

 

Loose side rails can lead to falls or entrapment injuries.  It is essential to follow the manufacturer’s specifications for installation and maintenance for bed frames and bedside rails to keep loved ones safe. 

 

1. Full-length side rails

 

Family members often believe that full-length side rails will ensure patient safety. However, full-length side rails should not be used to keep confused patients from climbing out of the bed.  

 

Loved ones may attempt to climb over the side rail and suffer severe injuries due to falling from the greater height. Other options are more effective for protecting loved ones from getting out of bed without assistance.

 

Electric high-low beds lower the bed frame to just a few inches above the floor, preventing injury in case the loved one rolls off the mattress.  Floor pads may be placed on either side of the bed as well for added protection. 

 

2. Half-length side rails

 

Upper half-length side rails are used for repositioning and do not prevent loved ones from entering or leaving the bed. They are a convenient location for bed controls and TV remotes to prevent them from falling to the floor. 

 

Solid plastic rails with grip handles are preferred to chrome rungs to reduce the risk of entrapment.  The side rails should be securely mounted to the bed frame to help prevent injuries when loved ones get in and out of the bed. 

 

3. Assist bars

 

Assist bars are similar to half length side rails and are designed to help loved ones get in and out of bed. The narrow shape makes them less helpful for loved ones to reposition themselves in the bed.  

 

Assist bars allow loved ones greater visibility of their surroundings and reduce the feeling of being trapped in the bed. Some assist bars come with storage bags for TV and bed remote controls.  Assist bars must also be securely mounted to the bed frame.

 

4. Entrapment risks 

 

Side rails should never be used as a substitute for careful monitoring of loved ones, especially those at risk of entrapment or falls. 

 

Even though side rails may be perceived as proven safety devices, sprains or broken bones, or strangulation may occur if body parts become wedged between the mattress and side rail. 

 

Gaps between the mattress and side rails can form when loved ones sit or lay on the bed, increasing the risk of injury. 

 

Older model beds with full-length rails, replacement parts and soft mattresses have the highest risks for entrapment.

 

Gap guards, foam bumper pads, and concave mattresses can help reduce the risk of entrapment between the side rails and mattress. 

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Final Thoughts

 

Caregivers should regularly assess the bed for potential fall and entrapment hazards.

 

Rigid plastic inserts may be placed into bed rail openings to prevent loved ones from inserting arms or legs into them. 

 

Side rails should never be used as a substitute for careful monitoring and supervision of loved ones. Caregivers should always consult with a physician before selecting side rails for home hospital beds. 

 

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At HomeCare Hospital Beds, we always want you to feel informed before you make a purchase.

 

If you have any doubts on which bed is fit for you, please contact HomeCare Hospital Beds team, so we can help you make the right choice.

 

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

 

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5 Benefits of Having a Hospital Bed at Home

Why Would you Need a hospital bed at Home?

Hospital beds are not just for nursing homes and hospitals anymore.  They can be a valuable tool to help keep loved ones at home during periods of recovery or illness.  

 

Sleek designs and various styles of head and footboards look like bedroom furniture.  Modern hospital beds help enable caregivers and loved ones to maintain safety, comfort and independence at home. 

 

Here are 5 benefits of having a hospital bed at home for you and your loved one:

 

1. Easier repositioning for loved ones

Frequent repositioning in bed helps reduce the joint pain and stiffness that comes with laying still for long periods of time. 

 

Shifting body weight helps prevent bed sores from forming, especially on the heels and buttocks. 

 

Adjustable head and foot sections allow for positions that are not easily possible with wedges or pillows. Side rails help prevent falling out of bed during repositioning as well.  

 

2. Adjustable head and foot of the bed

Shortness of breath can be eased by sleeping with the head of the bed elevated.  Electric bed controls allow loved ones to find the most comfortable position and make adjustments as needed.  

 

The head of the bed can easily be elevated for reading, visiting and eating and lowered for sleep.  

 

Staying slightly upright in bed is important for loved ones with difficulty swallowing to help prevent inhaling food or liquids into the lungs.  

 

The head of the bed can also be raised slowly before getting up to prevent dizziness or fainting.

 

 Elevating the foot of the bed relieves leg swelling and helps prevent loved ones from sliding down when the head of the bed is raised. 

 

3. Easier getting in and out of bed

Electric hospital bed frames can be raised and lowered as needed to make it easier for loved ones to get in and out of bed. 

 

The head of the bed can be elevated to reduce the effort needed to sit at the side of the bed.  The bed frame height can be adjusted as needed for sitting and standing.  

 

This is especially important during recovery after hip surgery. Some hospital beds can be lowered so that the bed frame is almost on the floor.  A foam mat can be placed on the floor next to the bed to prevent injury if a loved one rolls out of bed. 

 

4. Protection for caregivers

It is essential for caregivers to protect themselves from back injuries as they care for loved ones. 

 

Hospital bed frame heights can be adjusted to appropriate working heights, allowing caregivers to use safe lifting and transferring techniques.  

 

Loved ones can use side rails and grab bars to assist with repositioning to minimize the effort needed by caregivers. 

 

Overbed tables can be used with hospital beds to help loved ones reach for items and feed themselves.  Locking swivel casters enable caregivers to easily move hospital beds to make room for wheelchairs, walkers and commodes. 

 

5. Helpful accessories

Hospital bed designs allow use of equipment that cannot be attached to regular beds.  A wide variety of side rail designs are available to help loved ones reposition in bed.  

 

Side rails and grab bars make it easier for loved ones to get in and out of bed safely.  Seizure pads can be placed inside side rails to prevent injury.  Trapeze bars can be attached to the headboard and air mattress pumps can be attached to the footboard.  

 

Final thoughts

It is important to always speak with a doctor about specific needs before obtaining a hospital bed for home use.  

We always want you to feel informed before you make a purchase. If you have any doubts that a bed is right for you, please contact HomeCare Hospital Beds team, so we can help you make the right choice.

 

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

 

Need help finding a home hospital bed?

 

Read our latest Hospital Bed Buying Guide.

 

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Hospital Bed for Home Care

How To Choose a Hospital Bed for Home Care

 

Hospital beds come in a wide variety of styles, designs and sizes to meet the needs of loved ones at home.

Special attention should be taken to ensure that hospital bed features closely match the needs of loved ones.

It is important to make a list of which hospital bed features are most important in order to choose wisely and stay within budget.

Here are 5 things to consider:

 

1.   Power features

 

full electric hospital bed control remote

Full electric hospital bed controls enable loved ones and caregivers to adjust the bed frame, head and foot with push button controls.

Semi-electric hospital beds allow the head and foot of the bed to be raised and lowered with the push of a button on the remote control. 

The height of the bed frame may be fixed in one position or adjusted with a manual crank depending on the model.

Semi-electric beds are more economical than fully electric beds but the fixed bed frame height may make providing care to loved ones more difficult.

 

2.  Size and weight capacity

Med-Mizer comfort Wide EX8000 Bariatric low Bed set

Weight capacity is one of the most important considerations when choosing a hospital bed for a loved one.  Serious injury can occur if the bed frame collapses due to excess weight.

Bariatric beds are designed to safely hold up to 750 pounds with up to 48” width.  They are ideal to comfortably accommodate larger and heavier users.

The weight capacity and additional width may also allow family members to be in the bed to hold their loved one or relax together if desired.

 

3.  Bed frame movement

MED-MIZER COMFORT WIDE EX8000

 

Some hospital bed frames are set at a fixed height while others can be adjusted to higher and lower positions as needed.

The bed frame may need to be adjusted to the best height for loved ones to get in and out of bed and to a different height for caregivers to provide assistance.

High low beds have a height range of approximately 8” to 20” so that the mattress can be lowered nearly to the floor.

This is helpful for loved ones who might roll out of bed or try to get up without asking for assistance, especially when a thick mat is placed alongside the bed.

 

Medline Alterra 1232 hi-low hospital bed set

Trendelenburg position allows the bed frame to tilt so that the head is down and the feet are elevated. This can be helpful to reduce the effort needed when caregivers lift loved ones toward the head of the bed.

 

Reverse Trendelenburg position may be used to help loved ones turn onto the side while keeping the head elevated.  This can be helpful for some loved ones with shortness of breath or tube feeding.

(Reverse Trendelenburg Position)

 

4.  Side rail and grab bar options

Invacare Full Rail White

Full length side rails can be used with pads to help protect loved ones from injury due to seizures.

Grab bars and half-length side rails provide support for loved ones as they are repositioned in the bed and they can keep remote controls within easy reach.

They also provide stability as loved ones get in and out of bed.  Side rails and grab bars must be securely attached to the bed frame to prevent injury.

 

5.  Headboard and footboard options

 

Invacare carrol cs7 footboard

 

Hospital bed head and foot boards are available in a wide variety of shapes and finish colors to fit into any décor. 

The head and foot boards should be mounted securely to the bed frame so that an overhead trapeze assist bar can be used if desired. 

The footboard may also be used to support pumps for air mattresses or venous therapy.

 

Final Thoughts

caregiver holding senior's arm

Choosing a hospital bed for a loved one is never an easy task.

To make the right choice you’ll have to consider your loved one’s needs, the bed’s safety and positioning features, available bed accessories and affordability.

It is important to always speak with a doctor about specific needs before obtaining a hospital bed for home use.

We always want you to feel informed before you make a purchase. If you have any doubts that a bed is right for you, please contact HomeCare Hospital Beds team, so we can help you make the right choice.

Call us today toll free at 877-414-0002 or email us at info@homecarehospitalbeds.com.

Need help finding a home hospital bed?

Read our latest Hospital Bed Buying Guide.