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A hospital or care bed can have a positive impact on all types of patients. It’s especially true of those who spend much of their day in bed, have trouble getting in and out of it, or have a condition that affects how well they can get comfortable. For those contemplating installing one in their home, the bed’s size is a necessary factor to consider.
When browsing for options, people will find hospital beds come in several configurations. Before making the final purchase, it’s worth understanding the sizes of the frames and mattresses. The size of a hospital bed significantly improves the comfort, health, and safety of the patient. While standard sizes suit most patients, larger sizes are still necessary for many.
A hospital bed is slightly different from an adjustable bed in that the patient or care provider can raise or lower the overall height of hospital beds, rather than just the position of the mattress. This makes it easier to get the patient in and out of bed, and it means hospital beds come in basic size options. The size of a standard hospital bed measures 36″ wide and 80″ in length, measured from headboard to footboard.
However, some patients – because of their body size or health condition – may need something larger., A bed that is too small to allow patients to turn from supine to side-lying increases the difficulty of mobilizing patients. Improper sizing can increase the risk of pressure injuries to patients, reduce their comfort, and raise the probability of musculoskeletal injury in caregivers. For these circumstances, patients can also find frames in an extra-wide 39″ width.
Along with the properly-sized bedframe, the right mattress can provide more assistance for the patient using the hospital bed.
Patients need a pressure redistributing mattress built to contour to the adjustable bed. The hospital bed mattress comes at a standard thickness of 6″. Options that have more cushion and have the look and feel of an ordinary home mattress can increase to 7″.
It’s more than just space: a regular mattress is not fit in any way to endure the strict requirements associated with a patient’s medical conditions. Ordinary mattresses don’t bend on an adjustable bed, as they have features that change the position of patients, provide them with more comfort, ensure they can eat and drink, and support medical equipment.
Choosing the right bed size starts with considering the patient. First, one must select the best dimension according to the patient’s body-mass index, or BMI. A patient with a BMI of 45 or lower would need a mattress with a standard width of 36″ to fit into the bed and be comfortable. Over this BMI, they will feel better on a bed 39″ wide. Taller users can have easy extensions added that give extra length to the bed frame and mattress.
Other factors include the conditions that make the bed necessary. Does the patient have an illness, injury, or mobility issues where they will need a hospital bed that is wider or longer than the standard size? Are they prone to bedsores? These problems can make recoveries longer and more difficult, but a properly-sized hospital bed can accommodate conditions and prevent complicating situations.
There are plenty of benefits of hospital bedframes and mattresses that make them an essential part of a patient’s recovery or lifestyle. The need for the right hospital bed dimensions and size determines the quality of life of the patient. Having more size options gives patients and families the ability to accommodate more health and wellness conditions and feel better in their own home.
Hospital beds have unique mattresses that distribute pressure evenly so that no point of contact carries too much weight. This is a crucial consideration for those who are at higher risk for developing bedsores, such as underweight patients or those who have less muscle and fat between them and their mattresses.
Many patients and families of patients turn to SonderCare when they want to bring home the comfort and convenience of a hospital bed with the luxury of an ordinary bed. We have options for bed frames, mattresses, and accessories that add comfort and assistance for patients in long-term care. We configure our pressure-relieving mattresses with the bed system of their choice to provide optimal comfort and enjoyment. Taller patients will also find an extension package available that can add 8″ to the end of the frame and mattress.
Hospital beds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but one size that many people don’t consider is the width. The standard hospital bed measures 36 inches wide while some speciality models are as narrow as 24 inches or wider than 54 inches. So before you purchase your new bed, think about how much space you have to work with! If you’re considering installing a hospital-style bed at home for yourself or someone else, be sure to measure it out first so you can get the right fit for your needs. Contact us today so we can get started on providing the perfect bed solution for you.
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