Adjustable Bed vs Hospital Bed: Which One Will Suit You The Best?
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|Pay on your own (no insurance coverage)||Pay via insurance (generally)|
|Offer head and foot articulation||Offer head and foot articulation, height adjustment|
|Amenities such as massage, lighting, alarm||No amenities|
|Designed to blend with bedroom aesthetic||Utilitarian design, not compatible with décor without add-ons|
|Generally requires disassembly before transportation||Can be transported using wheels on their base|
|Remote control and smartphone control||Remote control and (potentially) manual control as backup|
- Head and foot adjustment
- Often comes with a built-in massage feature
- Bedroom amenities such as night light, charging ports, wake-up alarms
- Usually controllable through remote control and smartphone
- Aesthetically appealing
- Made to fit inside regular bed frames
Head / Foot Adjustment
The chief selling point of an adjustable frame is its ability to elevate the head and feet at different angles, which are independent of each other. The medical benefits of this include improved blood flow. Furthermore, it enables you to perform tasks such as watching TV, playing video games, or reading a book without having to move from your bed.
Head / Foot Massage
Since the modern adjustable bed has been designed around the idea of enhancing the quality of the life spent in your bedroom, it also usually boasts built-in massaging capability for your head and feet that serve to rejuvenate your exhausted body and lull you to sleep. Oftentimes, the massager has several different settings, which can be selected according to your preference.
Adjustable bases, high-end ones, in particular, come packed with tertiary features such as smartphone control, preset and programmable profiles, USB charging ports (and sometimes even mains connections!) for your electronic gadgets, and under-bed lighting for night-time convenience and aesthetics. In short, the focus is on letting you do as much as possible from the comfort of your bed.
Modern adjustable beds are controlled via (normally wireless) remote controls that have buttons for the massaging unit, head-and-foot adjustments, preset positions, and programmable positions. The remotes are designed with user experience in mind, so they can typically be handled quite easily by the average consumer. In addition to a remote, these high-end adjustables may also come with smartphone apps that have even more intuitive controllability; these eliminate the need to have the remote handy at all times.
Mainstream adjustable beds may offer somewhat similar functionality as true hospital beds, but they are not subject to FDA standards (rather, they are covered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission), which is why they may not be covered by a medical insurance policy if you want to get them for healthcare purposes.
- Head and foot adjustment
- Elevation of entire mattress platform
- Utilitarian, easy-to-clean design
- Adhere to FDA standards
- Usually controllable through remote control, plus manual adjustments
- Generally lacks aesthetic appeal
- Don’t have as many amenities as adjustable beds
Head / Foot Adjustment
As mentioned before, hospital beds have the exact same functionality as adjustable beds when it comes to head and foot angle adjustment. This makes sense as patients often need to get into upright/semi-upright positions on their own, and by doing so via an electromechanical platform, it is much easier for caregivers.
Total Height Adjustment
In addition to having adjustable head/foot angles, hospital beds also allow you to increase/decrease the height of the bed entirely. Being able to decrease the height is essential when looking after mental health patients who may climb over rails and fall out of bed during the night. Conversely, being able to raise the height may be critical for use with Hoyer patient lifts that help in moving disabled patients from a wheelchair to their bed.
Thanks to the wheels incorporated into their base, hospital beds can be moved to different locations much more easily than adjustable bases, which often need to be disassembled before they can be transported. Here’s a helpful video on how to prepare a hospital bed if you’re looking after a patient:
Hospital beds usually come with manual adjustability options in addition to the remote-controlled electrical mechanisms for adjusting the head and foot. This is a nice backup option to have in the event of a power failure, allowing for a manual reset – otherwise, the patient could potentially be stuck in an awkward position if the power failure happened mid-adjustment! It is worth noting that since a hospital bed has extra movement controls as compared to an adjustable bed, its remote should be handled only by someone who clearly understands what each button is supposed to do.