When shopping for electric hospital bed, UK consumers have a good range of options. Within the category of adjustable bed frames, for example, there are several choices. Factors that might influence your decision include comfort level, cost, user needs and caregiver needs (if the person using the bed is sick or needs round the clock attention).

Types of Electric Bed Frames

For hospital beds, there are three types of frames: manual, semi-electric and full-electric. A manual bed adjusts via a hand crank. All features are completely done by hand, such as raising and lowering the upper or lower body or adjusting the overall height of the bed. As might be expected, this type of adjustable bed frame is the least expensive, but has the significant drawback that the occupant of the bed must depend on another person if he or she wants to change the bed's position. Semi-electric hospital beds are a good compromise between price and functionality.
In these beds, there are electric controls for raising and lowering the upper or lower body. The height of the bed is managed via a hand crank. Fully electric hospital beds are completely automated and perform all functions with the touch of a button. And if you're wondering what happens during a power failure, you should know that semi electric and full electric hospital beds can be adjusted manually.

Types of Electric Hospital Bed

There are two basic types of electric hospital beds: adjustable and hi-low. Adjustable beds have a special mattress and a frame fitted with an electric motor. The motor facilitates changing the angles of the lower, upper and middle sections of the bed to obtain the most comfortable position. Hi-low beds are adjustable beds on which the height can be changed. Hi-low beds are great for transferring patients in and out of the bed via a lift. Mattresses for both types of bed are available in inner spring and foam. Within foam mattresses, there are latex and visco-elastic types.

Accessories for Electrically Powered Hospital Beds

The most basic accessory required for a hospital bed is an over-bed table. These are designed on a frame that allows the lower part of the frame to slide under the bed and the table part to slide over the mattress so that the bed's occupant can sit up and eat or read. There are several types of over-bed tables including one with an in-built easel that supports a book or magazine at a comfortable angle for easy reading. Other options include in-built massage and memory foam or latex foam pillows. Cervical pillows provide optimal support for the head and neck.

The wide choice available in electric hospital beds in the UK enables caregivers to choose the best option for their patients.

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Beethy Chang