Buy or Rent?
This is the question: Should you buy or rent a hospital bed for home? It really depends on your situation, there are benefits to both.
If you or a loved one have recently undergone a life change that would require the use of an at-home hospital bed, then you may be considering whether it’s better to rent or buy a hospital bed.
Here are a few pros and cons to consider when deciding if you should buy or rent a hospital bed.
Pros of Buying a Hospital Bed
One thing to always consider when choosing a bed is how long you expect the bed will be used for. Long-term rentals work out to be a lot more costly than buying a hospital bed. The upfront cost of buying the bed can be burdensome, but many hospital bed dealers offer financing such as HomeCare Hospital Beds.
If you own the hospital bed, you also have the option on selling the hospital bed to recoup some of the upfront costs when you’re finished with it.
Customize the right bed to fit your needs
Buying a hospital bed gives you the option to customize the features you need. Most rental beds are manual beds that utilize a hand crank. Make sure to consider who will be operating the bed, who will be the primary caregiver and what their abilities are too!
Click here to read our Hospital Bed Buying Guide to help you choose the right features!
Quality & Comfort
When you buy a custom hospital bed, you have complete ownership. You can customize the features or choose additional options such as side rails, inside (white glove) delivery, an extended service warranty, or an advanced mattress and more!
Cons of Buying a Hospital Bed
Even with the affordable options that are available, purchasing a bed usually means you’ll have to pay upfront. As a solution, some companies such as HomeCare Hospital Beds offer financing for people who qualify to help with this situation.
You’ll also want to consider what you would do if your hospital bed needs repair. There are certain hospital beds that are more suitable for hospitals because they require more maintenance. Make sure when you’re shopping for a hospital bed for home, that you ask what kind of routine maintenance your bed requires! Many beds are designed for home users and require little to no service. You also want to purchase a bed from a reliable source that can assist you with a repair if necessary.
Pros of Renting a Hospital Bed
Renting a hospital bed for your home is an ideal solution for individuals who don’t expect to use a hospital bed for more than a month or two. If you expect a quick recovery then renting a bed for a short amount of time is usually covered by insurance.
Stretch the Cost
Another benefit of renting is that you don’t have to pay the full cost upfront. Hospital Beds can be costly and renting can break up the cost into monthly affordable payments.
Cons of Renting a Hospital Bed
Usually hospital beds that are rented are manual, not electric. So it’s important to take into consideration who will be the primary caretaker and whether or not they’re able to operate a manual bed.
Hospital bed rentals may not always come in the best condition or be the right bed for you. Rentals have been used by numerous people and as a result there’s a possibility of a break down with that additional wear and tear.
Just like when you stay at a hotel, sharing a bed can mean coming into contact with other people’s germs. However, when you share a hospital bed, those germs can sometimes be more dangerous pathogens.
If you or a loved one is immunocompromised, it’s even more important to consider whether or not renting is the right decision for you. For example, C. difficile can survive on surfaces for up to 5 months, and can be deadly. MRSA can survive on surfaces for weeks! Always inquire which disinfectant is being used by the bed rental company and ask about their cleaning process!
Higher Long-Term Costs
Renting can be the less expensive option when a hospital bed is only needed for a short amount of time, but if you’re planning on having the bed for a significant period of time, you’re likely to spend more money to rent a bed than buying a new hospital bed. On average it can cost $200 – $500 a month to rent a hospital bed for home.
In the end, buying or renting a hospital bed depends on your specific situation. Always keep in mind not only the patient’s abilities, but the caregiver’s as well.
If you have any questions on which hospital bed is right for you, please contact us so we can help you make the right choice.
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