At some point, it may become helpful, or even necessary, to purchase a semi-electric hospital bed for your home. However, there are so many different options available that using the right one may be overwhelming.
What is a Semi-Electric Hospital Bed?
A semi-electric hospital bed features a motor, which is designed to control adjustments for the head and feet. With the simple push of a button, it is easy to change positions.
Still, adjusting the height for the bed must still be done manually. Therefore, this bed is ideal if repositioning the leg rests and head for the patient must be done frequently, but the height is not a major concern.
In general, a semi-electric hospital bed is a little more costly than a manual hospital bed. On the other hand, you do get the benefit of no manual work required to adjust the head and foot of the bed.
Choosing the Right Mattress
Just as purchasing the right hospital bed, choosing the right mattress is important as well. Again, you have a large number of available choices, so it is vital to explore available options.
The most popular option for a hospital bed is an innerspring mattress. It is basically the same as a normal mattress and is ideal for any patient who does not have to spend an extended amount of time in bed.
For patients who do spend most of their day in bed, a foam prevention mattress is a better solution. The risk of painful bed sores is higher for these patients. However, a foam prevention mattress works to effectively combat this risk.
An alternating pressure relief mattress is a better solution for a patient that already suffers from an ulcer or bed sores. This type of semi-electric hospital bed mattress is designed with air cells that inflate and deflate to offer relief for the patient.