How Many Types Of Hospital Beds Are There?
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How Many Types Of Hospital Beds Are There?

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The look and expectations of a hospital bed have been given to most of us from what we’ve seen in movies or in the unfortunate event of an overnight hospital stay. In reality, the designs of hospital beds and the attached amenities and accessories varies quite a bit. For instance, the design of SonderCare’s luxury hospital beds greatly exceed the comfort and function of most hospital beds while retaining the look of a normal residential bed.

The realm of hospital beds and patient care beds includes many variants and innovations based on research and feedback. This is the story of SonderCare’s line of hospital beds as well. Read on to learn about ‘How Many Types Of Hospital Beds Are There?’ plus how they work and what actually makes them so different.

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How Many Different Types Of Hospital Beds Are There Exactly?

All contemporary hospital beds are versatile, and patients can adapt them to their changing needs. What separates the different types of hospital beds is what powers their functions. There are three types of hospital beds: manual, semi-electric, and fully-electric. 

  • Manual: These beds use hand cranks to adjust the bed’s height and raise and lower the head and the foot. The patient or caregiver must be physically capable of operating the crank, diminishing this kind of bed’s usability and, as such, the patient’s independence and comfort.
  • Semi-electric: An electric motor raises and lowers the head and foot parts of the bed. Adjusting the bed’s height is done physically with a hand crank by the patient or caregiver.
  • Fully-Electric: The patient can control the height and position of the bed with a pendant or remote. It does not require a hand crank, making it easier to get in and out of bed or raise the bed to a comfortable height so that the caregiver can tend to the patient or change their sheets. Some models can also move into more positions, such as the Trendelenburg (tilt) position.

All the hospital beds in the SonderCare line are fully electric, meaning they have functions that increase the ease-of-use and comfort for all people. Patients and clients who don’t have the physicality or strength to operate a manual crank can move their bed independently with a SonderCare full-electric bed.

The Four Types Of SonderCare Hospital Beds

SonderCare beds come in three different models, each fully functional to meet the care needs of clients with sophisticated aesthetics that look at home in any living space:

  • Dawn™ Residential Home Comfort: The DAWN (out of stock) is SonderCare’s basic residential model. It has adjustable functionality that adds comfort and assistance to a patient’s daily living.
  • SonderCare Aura™ Premium Hospital Bed: The AURA PREMIUM is a premium hospital bed ideal for clients who have a higher risk of falling and need a higher level of positioning. It’s also fitting for clients who receive care in which a higher bed height and repositioning is necessary.
  • SonderCare Aura™ Platinum Hospital Bed: SonderCare’s most luxurious hospital bed model, the AURA PLATINUM is ideal for clients who require the most advanced features and a beautiful, home-like design.
  • SonderCare Aura™ 48″ Wide Hospital Bedis our specialty wide hospital bed! For clients looking for a wider bed, we offer a 48” WIDE AURA™ PREMIUM. This extra wide model provides all of the safety and mobility functions of the original, while offering a little extra space within the bed.

The Advantages Of Having Different Options For Hospital Beds

Hospital models are much more suitable for the comfort needs of patients in recovery than ordinary beds. However, not everyone who would benefit from a care bed has the same comfort needs, which is why you can adjust the bed and its features to suit your particular requirements.

One advantage hospital beds have over ordinary home beds is that they can adjust their height, as well as the head and the foot of the bed. Many patients who are awake in bed prefer to elevate their head, feet, and knees for therapeutic reasons and comfort. When sleeping, many patients require a flat, level surface to get the rest they need; when resting while awake, they can adjust to a seated position to read or watch television. Different models bring different settings for posture adjustment.

There is a wide range of hospital beds available today, all with different styles, designs, and features to fit a wide array of budgets. While virtually all hospital beds can offer some comfort and relief, less expensive beds will often forgo some of the safety, style, and advanced positioning features.

The Best Hospital Beds For Home Use Are SonderCare Beds

SonderCare hospital beds are readily available for use in homes and private facilities, combining the functionality of a healthcare center with the comfort of an ordinary bed for private settings. With luxurious looks and relaxing adjustable features, our beds are available in several sizes and have many helpful accessories that don’t feel like medical equipment at all. 

The best hospital beds have luxury elements to bring more options and adaptability. Features like stylish headboards and footboards, multi-height assist rails, and various sizes mean patients and their families can get the right model for their needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Different Types Of Hospital Beds
Hand cranks are used to change the bed’s height as well as elevate and lower the head and foot. This type of bed’s usage, and hence the patient’s autonomy and convenience, is limited because the physician or caregiver must be physically able to work the crank. Medicare/Medicaid often provide these beds.
The head and foot of the bed are raised and lowered by a semi-autonomous electric motor. The patient or caregiver makes fine adjustments to the bed’s height physically with a hand crank. Medicare/Medicaid often provide these beds.

This is SonderCare’s specialty and a preferred method of care for loved one’s wishing to maintain comfort and ease of use. A pendant or remote allows the patient to adjust the bed’s elevation and orientation. It does not require the use of a hand crank, making it easy to enter and exit bed or to elevate the mattress to a comfortable height so that the caregiver can tend to the patient or change the sheets.

Hospital beds typically average a width of 35-45 inches. The most common width among modern hospital beds is 35 inches. The length of most beds are around 70-80 inches. SonderCare provides modular extension kits to alter the layout of the bed for your comfort!

There are several well known manufacturers worldwide but very few specialize in luxury and comfort based hospital beds. Our luxury hospital beds are known and highly reviewed year after year for providing exceptional comfort.

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