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Mattress Buying Guide

Purchasing a hospital bed and mattress can be overwhelming. There are many different hospital bed mattress options and choosing the correct mattress for your loved one or patient can be confusing and difficult. What’s the best mattress for their condition? How do you know what type of mattress they need?

Here at HomeCare Hospital Beds, we want to make the process as simple and efficient as possible. That’s why we put together our Mattress Buying Guide to help answer some questions and narrow down your search.

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The Basics

When taking care of your patient or loved one, their hospital bed mattress plays a pivotal role in providing comfort and care. One might say the mattress is more important than the bed itself because it’s what provides your patient with the care that is needed. When trying to decide on a mattress, your loved one’s level of mobility is a main consideration on which mattress to purchase.

Types of Mattresses

There are a few different types of mattresses for hospital beds: Innerspring Mattresses, Standard Foam Mattresses, Pressure Redistribution Mattresses, Incontinence Mattresses and Alternating Pressure Mattresses.

How do I choose?

With so many options available in the market today, I am sure you have already asked yourself; how do I know which option is right? Don’t worry, the experts at HomeCare Hospital beds are here to help. Please read the characteristics and benefits of each mattress we offer so you can make your purchase with 100% confidence it is correct for your patient.


Innerspring Mattresses

When it comes to hospital bed mattresses, the innerspring mattress is the most basic option that is offered. This will only work on a bed that does not have an adjustable sleep deck. With Innerspring mattresses being firm, it is unlikely that this will provide the comfort that a patient may be in need of.


  • Very firm sleep surface that may be desired by some patients


  • May be too firm for some patients
  • Does not offer any medical benefit for your patient
  • Does not work with every hospital bed

Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses are the most common hospital bed mattresses on the market. With so many benefits, it is most likely that this will be one of the best options for your loved one or patient. Foam mattresses provide patients with the best of both worlds: comfort and therapeutic support. There is a wide variety of foam options that are available on the market starting with the most basic standard foam option stretching to our highest level offered which is our premium incontinence pressure redistribution mattress. To understand which option is best suited for the person you are shopping for, you need to answer the follow questions:

  • How long is your loved one in bed throughout the day?
  • Is your patient at risk for pressure sores?
  • What is the weight of your patient or loved one?
Standard Pressure Redistribution Foam
If your patient or loved one is not at risk for pressure sores and is not in bed for extended periods of time, then the MedMattress.com Standard Incontinence Mattress is suitable for your needs.
Plus Pressure Redistribution Foam
If your loved one is in bed for extended periods of time throughout the day, but is not at risk for pressure sores, then the MedMattress.com Plus Incontinence Pressure Redistribution Mattress is a great choice.

Premium Pressure Redistribution Foam
If your patient is in bed for extended periods of time throughout the day and at risk for pressure sores, then the MedMattress.com Premium Incontinence Pressure Redistribution is the best option.


  • Conforms to patients’ body for optimal comfort
  • Provides pressure redistribution to help prevent pressure sores
  • Easy to clean healthcare grade nylon cover
  • Compatible with most hospital beds on the market
  • Moves with the shape of the bed allowing patients to use most hospital bed functions including: Head, Knee and Hi-Lo functions


  • Does not treat pressure sores, it only assists in the prevention of them

Top Selling Foam Mattresses:

Alternating Pressure Mattresses

Alternating Pressure Mattresses are ideal for patients who already have bedsores or pressure ulcers, or have a history of ulcer development. An Alternating Pressure Mattress will relieve pressure and manage skin moisture by alternating the inflation and deflation of the individual air cells in the mattress. These mattresses promote blood flow and circulation for healthy skin and provide pressure point relief for extra comfort.


  • Helps heal pressure ulcers/bed sores
  • Helps manage skin moisture to promote pressure ulcer healing and healthy skin overall
  • Provides extra relief on pressure points
  • Improves circulation


  • Less therapeutic support is found in less expensive models

Top Selling Alternating Pressure Mattresses:

Bariatric Mattresses

If you or your loved one is weighs more than 350lbs then you need to consider one of our bariatric mattress options. These mattresses are made with a harder, more dense foam that will provide the comfort and support that is needed for you or your loved one.


  • Manufactured with a higher weight capacity
  • Compatible with most hospital beds


  • If you are not within the recommended weight range than this mattress may be too firm

Top Selling Bariatric Mattresses:

What Do I Do Next?

We know that when you’re buying a hospital bed mattress for you or your loved one, you’re making an investment. We always want you to feel informed before you make a purchase. If you have any doubts that a mattress is 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.