If any of you have had a medical bed at home you know what the beds are like. They look like they are from WWII with the clunky metal frames and fake woodgrain panels. The motors are slow and squeaky and always sounds like the hamster needs to be changed. Sometimes you don’t even qualify for a motorized version and you have to use a hand crank. The mattress was very uncomfortable.
The siderails are one of the biggest problems. They lock onto the frame and there is a gap between the mattress and the rails. The thumb springs broke on our siderails and we ended up using mouth swab sticks to hold them up.
Since that time we have been trying to get a better bed. We finally were able to replace her bed with a fantastic Hill Rom bed. This is one like you would have in the hospital and it even has a low air loss mattress with it. It is like going from a Model T to a brand new car. The motors are so much faster and it has a number of features we have found very helpful such as the “chair” feature and the built-in scale. The side rails are fit to the mattress and is much safer. The Hill Rom folks were just great and I have attached a pictures of them below delivering the new bed.
The Hill Rom folks have a Home Care Division although you could never prove it by our insurance company or our home health equipment provider. When we complained about our old bed we asked why we couldn’t get a bed like they have in the hospital and we were told basically that it just wasn’t done and the WWII style beds are the only things available. Obviously that is not the case…
We found the real potential danger with the siderails when we woke up one night and found Ashleigh lodged in the gap between the bed and the rail. She was able to hold herself up with her right arm otherwise it could have hung her. She was not able to call out because of her inability to speak.