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. 

 

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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.

Learn more about Hospital Bed Safety here.

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5 Things to Know About Mounted Safety Grab Bars

5 Things to Know About Mounted Safety Grab Bars

 

 According to the CDC, each year 3 million older people are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries. The CDC says falls can help be prevented by adding grab bars to your home.

 

Making sure you or your loved one is prepared to prevent any falls is a priority. 

 

Mounted safety grab bars can greatly reduce the risk for falls and help maintain balance. We put together a guide to share 5 things you should know about mounted safety grab bars.

 

Types of Fixed Mount Safety Grab Bars

 

Most safety grab bars have a standard 1.5 inch diameter, although smaller diameters may be helpful for people with poor hand strength.

 

Smooth surfaces may look clean and attractive but textured surfaces are recommended to help maintain the grip on grab bars. 

 

Knurled finishes are shallow diamond patterns cut into the surface of metal grab bars that allow better grip than smooth surfaces. Stainless steel will resist corrosion, especially in humid bathroom environments.  

 

Color contrast between the grab bar and wall is often helpful for people with poor vision.  Rotating flanges allow grab bars to be installed at any angle relative to the mounting screws. 

 

Most fixed mount safety grab bars have a weight capacity of 250 pounds but some heavy duty bars will support up to 500 pounds. 

 

grab bar options

 

Installation of Safety Grab Bars

 

Mounted safety grab bars should be installed by professionals, as serious injury could occur if they fall away from the wall during use. 

 

Grab bars must always be screwed into wall studs to ensure that they are securely anchored.   Special caution is needed when mounting grab bars to walls with fiberglass or ceramic tile. 

 

They should not be mounted on acrylic tubs or shower surrounds.  Installers should firmly yank on the grab bar after it is installed to ensure that it is secure for use. 

Grab Bar Leveler

 

Where to Mount the Safety Grab Bars

 

Mounted safety grab bars are most helpful if they are installed in the right place and they cannot be moved after they are fixed to the wall.

 

Common locations include shower stalls, bathtubs, toilet areas, hallways, and entry doors from attached garages.  

 

Building codes and ADA guidelines should always be checked before mounted grab bars are installed.  Occupational and physical therapists can provide valuable guidance about where grab bars should be mounted to be most effective for users.  

Mounted Grab Bar in Shower

Grab Bar Positioning

 

Safety grab bars can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  Horizontal bars provide leverage when getting in and out of the bathtub and rising to a standing position. 

 

Vertical bars are excellent for narrow spaces and are suitable for users of various heights.  

 

Mounting a vertical bar just outside the shower will help prevent users from reaching for towel bars or sliding glass shower doors for support. 

 

Vertical bars may also be mounted next to the bathtub and shower controls to provide support when adjusting the water temperature.  

 

Angled bars provide solid support at various heights and place less strain on wrists than horizontal bars. The leverage provided by angled bars is particularly helpful for sitting and standing from toilets and shower seats. 

 

Person holding a grab bar

 

Sizing

 

Most studs are located 16” apart on center, making 16” and 32” inch grab bars ideal for horizontal mounting.

 

24” grab bars may be installed at a 45 degree angle with 16” spacing between studs.  12” and 18” grab bars are well suited for vertical placement by toilets and in bathtubs or showers.  

 

Grab Bar options

 

 Final Thoughts

 

At HomeCare Hospital Beds, we always want you to feel informed before you make a purchase.  If you are in need of grab bar installation, we have a service network of professionals that can help. Consulting a professional can ensure your grab bars are mounted properly. 

 

Even if you choose to install the bars yourself, you will at least have a professional opinion.  Click here to contact us!

 

If you have any doubts on which product is the best 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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Resource: ADA Guidelines for Safety Grab Bars

 

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5 Things to Know About Suction Cup Grab Bars

Are Suction Cup Grab Bars Safe?

 

If you are modifying a bathroom for a loved one, safety is a top concern.  A simple addition to make your bathroom safer is to place suction cup grab bars near your shower or bath tub.

Here is a list of five things you should know about suction cup grab bars.

1. Indications

Suction cup grab bars can be placed in the bathroom to help loved ones maintain balance, especially when getting in and out of the shower or tub.  Suction-mounted grab bars help provide stability and help balance after injury or minor surgery. 

They may be placed vertically, inclined, or horizontally depending on the available space.  Suction-mounted safety grab bars are easily removed and repositioned, allowing loved ones and caregivers to determine which location works best. 

This makes them well suited for travel and apartments where grab bars may not be mounted permanently onto the wall. 

suction cup grab bar

2. Precautions

Improper use of safety grab bars could lead to serious injury to loved ones and caregivers.  Suction-mounted grab bars are not intended to support full body weight and should not be used as leverage for standing up from a seated position.  

Fixed-mount grab bars should be mounted into wall studs if a loved one needs support to prevent falling after losing their balance.   Suction cup grab bars should be used as a balance assist only.

suction cup grab bar on wall

 

3. Installation

Suction-mounted grab bars require no tools and leave no marks on walls after removal.  Caution must be taken to apply them only to clean, dry, flat, non-porous surfaces.  

They cannot be used on textured tile, drywall or painted surfaces.  Wall tiles must be at least 4” x 4” to avoid placing suction cups over the grout lines.  

Once the vacuum lever on the grab bar has been engaged, the safety indicator will show that a strong suction hold has been achieved.  The grab bar must not be used unless it is securely attached to the wall. 

suction cup grab bar indicator

4. Inspection

Suction-mounted grab bars should be checked before every use as the suction grip can weaken over time.

The grab bar must be removed and reattached if it becomes loose. 

Serious injury could occur if the grab bar comes away from the wall during use.  Suction-mounted grab bars will need to be replaced if a secure, airtight seal cannot be maintained. 

suction cup grab bar

5. Maintenance

Caregivers must be sure to keep the suction cups free of oil and dust so that the grab bar will attach securely to the wall.  Suction cups may be cleaned with soap and water as needed and dried thoroughly before use. 

Prolonged exposure to sunlight and freezing temperatures will cause suction cups to lose their elasticity. 

The grab bar must be replaced immediately if the suction cups show any signs of damage or deterioration. 

 

suction cup grab bar close up

 

Final thoughts

Bathroom safety is very important to look out for with you or your loved ones.  Suction cup grab bars are useful for helping assist balance in the bathroom with easy installation. 

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

If you have any doubts on which safety bar 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 here.

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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.

3 Signs That You or Your Loved One May Be Ready for a Mobility Aid

3 Signs That You or Your Loved One May Be Ready for a Mobility Aid

 

The CDC reports that about 40.7 million adults struggle with mobility challenges which could seriously impact a person’s ability to live an independent life.  

Here are 3 things to look out for when you’re deciding if a mobility aid is right for you or your loved one.

 

What are Mobility Aids?

Mobility aids are devices that are designed to assist people who have trouble moving around, enjoy their freedom and independence.

 Most people are familiar with manual and power wheelchairs along with electric scooters, however, there is a large range of mobility devices to meet people’s needs including advanced options such as patient lifts. Other common mobility aids include: rollators, walkers, canes, crutches and many more.   

 

3 Signs That It’s Time to Consider a Mobility Aid

 

People want to maintain independence and be self-sufficient for as long as possible.  When bringing up a mobility aid, a person may feel embarrassed  or feel a loss of independence for relying on a cane or wheelchair.  

Luckily, there are many options out there to consider to help an individual in this situation.  

 

1. Frequent Falls

 

Falls unfortunately, are a common occurrence.  According to the National Council of Aging, 1 in 4 Americans, who are 65 and older, fall each year.  A growing number of older adults fear falling which could limit their day-to-day activities.  If you or a loved one has experienced a big fall, then it may be time to consider a wheelchair, walker, or scooter.

 

2. Difficulty Walking

 

Certain factors such as age, medical conditions or injuries can cause weakness or fatigue when walking.  If your loved one is experiencing pain from walking short distances, there are solutions available that can ease that pain and still allow you, or your loved one, to lead an independent life.

 

3. Balance Problems

 

We all lose balance or feel unsteady at some point, but some individuals may not notice they are having difficulty with their balance on a continuous basis.  The National Institute on Aging recommends asking yourself these questions:

    • Do I feel unsteady?
    • Do I feel as if the room is spinning around me, even only for brief periods of time?
    • Do I feel as if I’m moving when I know I’m standing or sitting still?
    • Do I lose my balance and fall?
    • Do I feel lightheaded, or as if I might faint?
    • Does my vision become blurred?
    • Do I ever feel disoriented, losing my sense of time, place, or identity?

If you answered “yes” then the website urges adults to consult with their doctors. The use of mobility aids such as canes and walkers can help with improving stability and movement before experiencing a big fall resulting in injury.

 

Decision to Use Mobility Aids

 

The goal of a mobility aid is to assist in increasing independence and help individuals maintain their current lifestyle.  Luckily, there are many options out there to consider to help an individual who feels it might be time to explore a mobility option.

Taking steps to improve an individual’s safety and mobility are turning points for many families.  Anyone considering a new mobility aid should consult with their doctor or physical therapist to find out which solution will work best for their lifestyle and fit their needs.

Always consult with a professional before purchasing a mobility aid to learn what works best for your loved one’s situation.   

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5 Things to Look for in a Bedwetting Mattress

5 Things to Look for in a Bedwetting Mattress

What is incontinence?

Contrary to popular belief, bedwetting isn’t something only little kids experience. Studies show that 2% of adults have lost the ability to control urination during the night. 

Replacing a soaked mattress can be expensive, embarrassing, and time consuming! That’s why our experts are here to help.

Here are the top 5 things to look for when choosing a bedwetting mattress from over 2 decades of experience:

 

1) Waterproof Mattress Cover

white bed comforter

A waterproof mattress cover is a necessity to protect the foam or core of your mattress.

A heavy duty vinyl mattress cover will keep the mattress core free from coming into contact with urine and other body fluids.  Extended exposure to bodily fluids causes your mattress to stink, build bacteria and need to be replaced!

Waterproof mattress covers provide a waterproof air-vapor layer that stops fluids from penetrating the core. The best waterproof mattress covers have inverted seams to keep fluids out!

 

2) Short Term vs. Long Term

The decision to purchase a waterproof mattress depends on the amount of time you think you might need one.  Any parent with a child that wets the bed may want to start by considering a short term solution, such as a waterproof mattress cover.  

If you want to keep the mattress that you currently have, make sure that you pick a heavy duty vinyl cover that will provide complete protection. A waterproof mattress cover is a temporary solution and cost effective! Most waterproof mattress covers begin at $51.50. 

Any person suffering from long term incontinence or chronic bedwetting might want to consider a more durable and comfortable option such as a waterproof mattress. If you are interested in purchasing a mattress specifically designed to withstand incontinence and bedwetting, consider the Standard Incontinence Mattress.

This waterproof mattress can be delivered to your door for $159.50. A Standard Incontinence mattress will hold up against constant use and will provide great support for you or your loved ones.

 

3) Ease of Cleaning

rubber gloves and cleaner spray bottle

Living with incontinence means you will need to clean and sanitize your mattress or cover daily, and multiple times per day in some cases. No one wants a mattress that can be a nightmare to clean and dry. 

An added layer of protection doesn’t hurt when you want to block liquids. A vinyl mattress cover is very easy to clean and all it takes is a wipe down with soap and water.  

Incontinence mattresses are designed to keep accidents away from the foam core.  Simply wipe clean with a mild disinfectant and you’re ready to go!

Parents or caregivers looking for a cleaner changing process will love reusable underpads.    These incontinence pads are very durable and can withstand being washed over and over again.

The best part about reusable underpads are they are made of a soft cozy cotton material that is extremely comfortable while featuring a waterproof interior layer that does not allow liquids to reach your mattress. 

 

4) Budget

Budget writing numbers in notebook

You might think that purchasing a waterproof mattress or cover is extremely expensive.  However, you can purchase many different cost-effective and waterproof options depending on your budget. A zippered, waterproof mattress cover is a great affordable option starting at $35. 

Mattress covers are a good solution if you or your child are experiencing occasional bedwetting. Mattress covers are a great way to extend the life of your mattress and keep it dry and free from fluids. After all, replacing a mattress can be expensive and removing lingering odors is not easy. 

There are many urine-resistant solutions for those suffering from chronic incontinence. Choosing the best product for your needs should not be determined by cost however more than likely it will be a deciding factor. Typically, you can find a waterproof incontinence mattress from $159.50 up to $1,000 depending on your needs.  

5) Comfort

caregiver holding senior's arm

With any mattress, comfort and protection is something that is very important for your body.  Most waterproof mattresses are made with high density foam that provides exceptional comfort and are available in multiple comfort levels.

The Standard Incontinence Mattress would be a perfect option for a child dealing with temporary nighttime bedwetting. For adults suffering from temporary incontinence the Plus Incontinence Mattress will be a great choice. The Premium Incontinence Mattress is ideal for those suffering from chronic incontinence.

This mattress features memory foam that provides extraordinary pressure redistribution, ultimate comfort and all night protection. 

 

What do I do next?

We know that choosing a waterproof mattress for you or a loved one is not an easy task.  We always want you to feel informed before you make a purchase.  If you have any doubts that a mattress isn’t right for you, please contact us 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.  

 

For more information check out our website at www.homecarehospitalbeds.com.

The Best Invacare Hospital Beds for Home Care

Choosing an Invacare Hospital Bed for Home Care

 

Do you or a loved one need the best hospital bed for home care?  Choosing one can be quite overwhelming!

Our hospital bed experts are here to help. They have created a list of the best Invacare hospital beds for home.

Here’s who made the list:

 

Top Choice – Best Hospital Bed for Home:

INVACARE CARROLL CS9 FX600 HOSPITAL BED SET

Invacare Carroll CS9 FX600 Hospital Bed Set

 

The Invacare Carroll CS9 FX600 Hospital Bed Set has already become the industry standard for long-term care beds.

 

The CS9 bed has an Integrated Width Extender which gives you the option of widening the bed an additional 6 inches. 

 

With an Auto Contour feature that simultaneously raises both the head and the knees, residents stay comfortably in place while being better positioned for reading, watching TV or talking to family members. 

 

The simultaneous movement also helps prevent painful skin shearing that might otherwise occur during repositioning. 

 

The CS9 also features a Slat Deck which is an upgrade from the Grid Deck that most of the entry level frames have and provides better support and airflow for the mattress.

 

The Invacare CS9 is the ideal bed with it’s stability, easy controls and smooth raising and lowering of the head, feet and overall height of the bed.

 

Best Value Hospital Bed for Home:

INVACARE SC900 DLX LOW HOSPITAL BED SET

Invacare SC900 DLX Low Hospital Bed Set

 

The Invacare SC900 DLX Low Hospital Bed is a full-function, full-feature, low-height bed that promotes quality resident care with full bed performance. 

 

Its three DC motors provide ultra-quiet operation of the head, hi-low and foot functions of the bed. 

 

Plus, the horizontal travel range of the SC900DLX is designed so that the bed will not damage walls during height adjustments.

 

Favorite Affordable Hospital Bed for Home:

INVACARE CARROLL CS7 HI-LOW HOSPITAL BED SET

Invacare Carroll CS7 Hi-Low Hospital Bed Set

 

The Invacare Carroll CS7 Hi-Low Hospital Bed has already become the industry standard for long-term care hospital beds. 

 

With an Auto Contour feature that simultaneously raises both the head and the knees, residents stay comfortably in place while being better positioned for reading, watching TV or talking to family members. 

 

The simultaneous movement also helps prevent painful skin shearing that might otherwise occur during repositioning. 

 

The CS7 Hospital Bed also features a Slat Deck which is an upgrade from the Grid Deck that most of the entry level frames have and provides better support and airflow for the mattress. 

 

The Invacare CS7 is the ideal bed with it’s stability, easy controls and smooth raising and lowering of the head, feet and overall height of the bed.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Our in home hospital bed experts have narrowed down our top 3 selections as some of the best hospital beds on the market.  

 

While each bed featured is considered the top in their class, the  Invacare Carroll CS9 Hospital Bed Set is the top of the line winner. 

 

It is the industry standard for long-term in home hospital beds, thanks to its multiple customizing options, auto repositioning capabilities and stability.

 

If you want to find out more about some of the best mattresses we offer you can take a look at our catalog here.

 

Need help finding a home hospital bed?

 

Read our latest Hospital Bed Buying Guide .

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