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The Difference Between a Medical Bed And a Nursing Home Bed

Dec. 09, 2020

The Difference Between a Medical Bed And a Nursing Home Bed

Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion between the terms "hospital bed" and "nursing home bed" or "long-term care bed." Many industries use different terms to describe the types of medical beds they use in their facilities, and it is important for consumers to understand the differences between these terms in order to find the right medical bed they are looking for. Here are some of the main differences between hospital beds and nursing home beds.

Hospital beds

A hospital bed is a customized bed designed to meet the needs of the hospital environment. There are a number of functions that can distinguish between a hospital bed and a regular bed.

The most remarkable feature of a hospital bed is that it is fully adjustable, including the top and bottom of the bed. Hospital beds can often be adjusted in various ways to support the patient's back and make it easier to perform surgery while the patient is still in bed. The basic hospital bed can be divided into two parts and can be lifted in different ways at the same time.

Hospital beds often also have rails to help prevent patients from falling out of their beds. The rails can be adjusted up and down to allow the patient to move up and down the bed and perform the procedure.

Another custom feature for hospital beds is a control panel on the headboard that allows staff to adjust the bed. Patients can call nurses and control other devices in the room, such as televisions. Usually, there is room at the foot of the bed for storing the patient's medical records.

Almost all beds are electric, thanks to built-in control panels and other adjustable features.

Nursing home beds/long term care beds

The nursing beds and long term care beds are similar in some ways to hospital beds, but there are some key differences. These beds are commonly used in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and can also be used at home.

The beds come in a variety of sizes, including large beds for obese patients. The difference in bed size helps the facility find a specific size for its patient and facility. Unless specially ordered, hospital beds are usually of one standard size. This standard size hospital bed limits the mobility and location of the bed.

Another key function of long-term care and assisted living beds is the high/low function of many beds. This allows the bed to be moved from its lower position, a few inches off the floor, to a higher position for the comfort of the patient and medical staff. The beds work well for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. There are multiple high/low beds that can be raised and lowered to different heights to meet the needs of each patient and facility.

The Difference Between a Medical Bed And a Nursing Home Bed

Another difference between hospital beds and infirmary beds is that not all infirmary beds are automatically equipped with guardrails. You can buy different types of sliders to add to the bed. Many other accessories can be purchased to work with the bed, such as soft railings, bedside tables, earphones, mattresses, safety locks, and wall bumpers. These bed accessories help customize each bed to suit the needs of the guest.

These differences may seem small, but they can help facilities and clients determine the type of medical bed they are looking for.

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