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Home Hospital Bed 101 with LA Medical Retail

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

For many, hospital beds carry a reputation for being uncomfortable and sterile because of their association with an unpleasant hospital stay.  However, there are many options for comfortable in-home hospital beds that carry many benefits for the patient and the caregiver.  LA Medical Retail has the home hospital bed solutions for you!

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What kind of hospital bed should I get?

When shopping for an in-home hospital bed, you’ll see three main categories; manual, semi-electric and full-electric.  The manual bed operates through a series of cranks that are body-powered.  The semi-electric bed is controlled by a combination of body-powered cranks and electricity, and the full-electric bed operates completely on electricity.  At LA Medical Retail, we carry full-electric hospital beds and semi-electric hospital beds. Either hospital bed is a great choice for both caregivers and patients.

Where should I put my hospital bed?

There are several key factors to keep in mind when deciding where to place your in-home hospital bed.  Most importantly, if you are working with a semi-electric or full-electric hospital bed, you will need an electrical outlet nearby.  Also, think about the daily care you’ll need to provide your patient and also their interactions with you.  Caregivers won’t want to go up and down stairs to get to your patient and you also don’t want to isolate the patient from any visitors to the house as this could cause them to feel very alienated.  Consider placing the hospital bed on the main level of the house in a room that is close to the main rooms of the house such as the living room or kitchen.

What hospital bed mattress do I need?

Finally, you’ll need to decide on your hospital bed mattress.  The type of mattress you choose depends on the diagnosis of your patient.  At LA Medical Retail, we offer several options in hospital bed mattresses.  Choose from manufacturers such as Drive or Invacare for foam mattresses, pressure mattresses or gel overlays.

If you have additional questions about our home hospital beds, bed rails, mattresses or accessories, contact us at LA Medical Retail today.

Comfort at Home: Beds Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Helping Caregivers

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Let’s be completely honest: most of us would rather not stay in a hospital for an extended period of time. You get tired of being in the same room, eating the same hospital food and having a general longing for your own bed at home. What makes it worse is if we or a loved one have to make constant long-term visits to the hospital for treatment.

A hospital bed for the home makes home care easier for the professionals that provide it and for your loved one.

A more reasonable option would be to keep them at home and have a professional caregiver administer daily treatment there. A large part of being eligible for home care is having the right kind of bed for a bedridden loved one. Home hospital beds in combination with the right accessories allow for comfortable positioning, easier home care and pressure ulcer prevention.

The beds themselves are remarkable in that they can be raised and lowered for your loved one to have easier access if they can still get up and move around, as well as for a caregiver to position them at a good height when treating them. The head and leg sections of the bed can also be adjusted to find a position your loved one feels relaxed in.

For accessories, grab rails for the side of the bed and a trapeze bar hanging over the bed can help a caregiver provide treatment or a daily wash. Overbed tables provide an easy surface for serving meals or reading the newspaper or a book.

The right mattress and overlay can help prevent the development of pressure ulcers, sores in the skin that develop from constant pressure on certain parts of the body. A pressure-reducing mattress or overlay helps to better distribute weight and prevent these painful sores from appearing.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to avoid long hospital visits and the expenses that go with them? A home hospital bed from LA Medical can help you do just that. Contact us today to see how we can help you keep your loved one in the comfort of their own home.

Hospital Beds in the Home

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Providing an ill or injured patient with a comfortable bed that can be adjusted to their liking is one of the main priorities of a hospital. But what if you or your loved one lives at home? Luckily, advances in bedding technology in the past decade have allowed for hospital beds to become more readily available to people and places besides hospitals and assisted living centers. But why would you or your loved one need a hospital bed in your home? The benefits are numerous and provide not only the ailing person with more comfort, but also the caregiver with an easier way to assist them.

For starters the adjustability of multiple parts of the bed offers benefits for both the user and their caregiver. Adjusting the head and legs is crucial in providing the user with a comfortable position. The head and legs can be raised or lowered to find an optimal position for those with back or breathing problems. It can also aid in getting the user out of the bed if they have mobility problems. An adjustable head can also help the user to sit up when reading or eating.

Being able to raise and lower the overall height of the bed also plays a role in getting the user in and out of the bed comfortably. It also allows for easier caregiver aid when the bed is raised instead of making them bend over and strain their back.

There are other benefits to having a hospital bed as well. The side rails assist the user with moving around in the bed, as well as getting into or out of the bed safely. They also prevent the user from falling out of bed. Hospital beds are also easy to move around the room to accommodate other medical equipment. They can also be locked into place to prevent movement, creating a safer environment for the user and their caregiver.

So, if you or a loved one are injured or have a medical issue that increases the amount of time you spend in your bed, switching to a hospital bed may be a prudent choice. Discuss our situation with your family and your doctor, and then visit LAMedicalRetail.comto see how we can make your bedding situation better for you.

Caregivers: What is Your Hospital Bed of Choice?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Many of our readers are caregivers working with patients every day.  This is very hard work and we have the utmost respect for our caregivers out there.  You have a very special gift.  We’d love to hear more of you speak out on the products you use and why.  Today’s post is about hospital beds and which features make them more caregiver friendly.

Hospital beds come in many shapes and sizes.  You have your standard hospital bed, your semi-electric and your full-electric.  You have options in mattresses, bed railings and mattress covers.  Depending on the atmosphere you work in, you may prefer the hospital beds that look more natural in a home-care setting.  Whatever your preference, there is one key factor that always comes in to play – cost.  How much is the full-electric feature worth to your patient or yourself?

Adjustable bed height seems to be one of the most important features for caregivers and patients alike.  Patients need the bed to be as low as possible to get in and out and caregivers need the bed to move higher so they can tend to the patient without bending over.  Every hospital bed has this feature however; height adjustments can be made with much less strain to the caregiver if they are working with a full-electric or semi-electric bed.  Manual beds require exerted effort from the caregiver using a crank to adjust the bed, but are a very economical option for those who only need the bed temporarily.

Upper body positioning is also a feature that most hospital beds have, but in manual beds you use cranks to control.  Many patients needing a hospital bed require some bed positioning for easier breathing or rehab of a limb.

From the caregiver’s point of view, which features do you need in a hospital bed?

Attack of the Pillow Snatchers: Time for a Foam Bed Pillow Wedge

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you’re finding yourself swiping pillows from everywhere in the house to prop yourself up in bed so that you can sleep comfortably, you may need a bed pillow wedge.  These soft foam shapes can do a lot more for your body than you know and can be a very effective treatment option for those suffering from sleep apnea, asthma, back problems, acid reflux or snoring.

There are several main health benefits of simply propping yourself up while you sleep:

Reduce Tension

Sleeping on a pillow wedge take the pressure off your back and relieves the tension you were carrying with you throughout the day.

Relaxes Muscles

Your neck and back no longer need to support your head and your completely relax allowing you to feel refreshed in the morning.

Improved Breathing

Sleeping on a pillow wedge improves your breathing by keeping your body position the same throughout the night, leaving you to feel more rested.

Easier for the Caregiver

Pillow wedges make moving the patient much easier.  These wedges keep the patient steady and prevent the patient from waking when changing positions throughout the night because there is no need to refluff pillows.

Rehab of Lower Body

These same pillow wedges are also great for propping up the leg or knee to improve circulation through the legs and reduce fluid build-up.

In conclusion, stop stealing pillows and give LA Medical Retail or your doctor a call to talk about how a bed wedge could help you get a better night’s rest.  Our Foam Bed Wedge is currently on sale for $22.99.  Order one today to improve your overall health while you sleep!

Hospital at Home: Hospital Beds, Mattresses and Bed Rails…OH MY!

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

You now know that you need a hospital bed in the home for yourself or a loved one.  Choosing the right components can be difficult.  Here are some basics about hospital beds and their components.

Hospital Beds

Full-electric hospital beds work well for patients who are immobile.  The electrically powered head and feet adjustments as well as bed height adjustments make life for the immobile patient and the caregiver much easier.  Manual beds work well for patients who have more control over their body and have less need for a caregiver and semi-electric beds generally have electrically powered head and foot adjustments while the bed height adjustment is manual.

Hospital Bed Placement

Before getting your bed home, you will need to measure all doors to make sure the bed will fit into whatever room you have chosen for the bed.  You may also want to choose a room on the main floor of the house for the hospital bed to be in.  This makes patients feel less isolated and is also easier for the caregiver to work with.  Remember that electric and semi-electric hospital beds will need to be placed near an electrical outlet.

Mattresses

The type of hospital bed mattress will depend on the patient’s height, condition and type of hospital bed you have chosen.  Many hospital bed mattresses are made of foam, which provide good support and prevent bed sores and pressure ulcers.  Some use air mattresses for bed sore prevention, but is not good for a patient with an unstable spine.  The final is a pulmonary therapy mattress which helps with weak lung function.

Bed Rails

For some, bedrails are a good way for restless patients to stay in bed and prevents patients from falling out of bed.  On the other hand, a smaller patient could get caught between the bedrail and the mattress.  If bedrails are needed, but the patient is smaller you can purchase reduced-gap rails for extra safety.

Overall, it is best to discuss hospital bed decisions with a healthcare provider before making your choice.  Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Hospital at Home: Choosing the Right Hospital Bed

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Are you or someone you love thinking about getting a hospital bed at home?  This is another matter that families know little about before they suddenly need one.  Just recently, we had a family come in needing a hospital bed for a young father who had suffered a heart attack at work and had a long road of recovery ahead.  He needed a bed that could elevate his upper body for healthy drainage of his chest cavity and easier breathing as well as one that could raise and lower in height to make caring for him easier on his wife.  We were so happy we could help this family.  Here are some information they found helpful and that may also help you:

Do you need a hospital bedat home?

Most individuals with a hospital bed at home have chosen to recover from an illness at home, but need the hospital bed capabilities to breathe easier or make it easier for a caregiver to care for them.  Hospital beds can be adjusted so that the upper body is angled up for easier breathing or for relaxing while watching television or having company.  These beds can also be adjusted for the feet to be elevated or the height of the bed to be adjusted.

What kind – Manual Hospital Bed or Electric Hospital Bed?

You can choose from a manual bed that is body-powered and operated by a system of cranks or an electric bed that is operated using a control pad.  These two types of hospital beds vary in price with the manual bed being the more affordable choice.  However, users generally like the electric bed more because of its ease of use and added features.

Other factors: Hospital Bed Mattress and Space for Hospital Bed

There are special hospital bed mattresses that prevent sores and hit certain pressure points.  You will want to look into what kind of mattress you need for your diagnosis.  You will also need to determine where the best place in your home for this hospital bed is.  Generally, it is best to keep the hospital bed on the main floor, but also where the patient can have privacy.  The bed needs to have space all the way around it for people providing care and should not be near windows or doors in case of a draft.

Have you had a hospital bed in the home?  Which kind did you choose and what did you like about it?