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Hospital Beds & Accessories
Hospital Beds, Mattresses, and Accessories
Whether you are adding to or setting up a new home care situation, a hospital bed and accessories are an important part of being comfortable at home. The two most used types of hospital beds are semi-electric and full-electric. Mattresses start at the most basic innerspring, to foam, and a low air loss mattress system. At Help Inc. we have narrowed these choices down to make it easier for the customer, but we have many more mattresses to choose from than what is shown in our showroom. Accessories for hospital beds include wedges, IV poles, and lift systems to help people out of bed – there are many different options to chose from. Call us today and we can find the best bed for your needs.
Hospital Bed Semi-Electric
A semi-electric bed is designed to give the patient control of the head and foot sections of a bed to allow for adjustments for optimal comfort in long term bed care. The height of the bed is a manual crank located at the foot of the bed. Semi-electric beds are designed to be lighter than full electric beds making the semi-electric bed easier for home use. These beds are also less expensive than a full electric bed. We carry beds by Drive Medical, Invacare, TMD, and Medline.
Full Electric beds have all the qualities of a semi-electric but allow for the height of the bed to be changed. This is a great feature to have for patients who may need to be transferred regularly or for patients that are a fall risk. Full Electric beds are heavier due the extra weight of a second motor (for height adjustment.) We carry full electric beds by Drive Medical, Invacare, TMD, and Medline.
Standard Innerspring Mattress
The standard mattress on any hospital bed is innerspring. The mattress has a non-porous cover over the springs to keep incontinence issues reaching and damaging the springs.
A foam mattress adds comfort, therapeutic value, and durability to the hospital bed. They are lighter than a standard mattress and allow for much better pressure mapping to help prevent skin breakdown. Foam mattresses also come with an incontinence cover to help protect the integrity of the mattress. Note: Foam mattresses require a prescription from a doctor before they can be covered by insurance. Supporting documentation may be required with the prescription.
Gel Overlay Mattress
A gel overlay is used in conjunction with a standard, or foam mattress to give even more pressure reduction than a standard mattress can give. The overlay also gives a higher level of comfort for patients who spend prolonged periods in a hospital bed. Gel overlays also come with an incontinence cover. Note: Gel overlays require a prescription from a doctor before they can be covered by insurance. Supporting documentation may be required with the prescription.
Alternating Pressure Pad(APP) Overlay
The next step in mattress pressure mapping is the use of an APP. APP overlays use air pockets that allow for air to flow around the patient to help prevent or reduce pressure sores that can develop over time. The system also uses air pockets to allow for higher levels of pressure mapping than can be achieved by other overlays or standard mattresses. Note: APP systems require a prescription from a doctor before they can be covered by insurance. Supporting documentation may be required with the prescription.
Low Air Loss Mattress
Low Air Loss Mattresses provide exceptional protection against pressure, shearing, friction and moisture. These are recommended for patients with any stage pressure ulcer, myocutaneous skin flaps and skin grafts. Low Air Loss Mattress systems are the highest level of pressure relief for hospital beds that Help Inc. carries. Note: Low Air Loss Mattresses require a prescription from a doctor before they can be covered by insurance. Supporting documentation may be required with the prescription.
Bed Mounted Trapeze
These help patients change positions in bed and transfer from bed to chair with minimal assistance. A wide range of height adjustments and hand bar positions maximize patient accessibility. Wall bumpers and padded mounting brackets protect bed ends and wall surfaces.
Free Standing Trapeze
These help patients change positions in bed and transfer from bed to chair with minimal assistance. A wide range of height adjustments and hand bar positions maximize patient accessibility. They use the same design as a bed mounted trapeze but have a free standing base that allows for the trapeze to be used away from a bed. In many occasions a free standing trapeze can be converted to a bed mounted unit with little trouble.
A device that allows patients in hospitals, nursing homes and those receiving home health care to be transferred between a bed and a chair, using hydraulic power. A hoyer lift uses a sling that attaches to a boom arm to move the patient. The sling lift has several advantages: it allows heavier patients to be lifted easily decreasing the load on care givers, it allows a reduced number of nursing staff members to move a patient, and it reduces the chances of orthopedic injury from lifting among nursing staff members. The sling based system also reduces the chance of dropping a patient during transfers. The lifts come in manual and electric set ups. The basic function of the unit is not changed by the use of electricity. Electricity simply makes the lift easier for family or care givers to use.
Due to changes in Medicare regulations, we cannot bill for beds or accessories. We can, however, bill private insurance for items.