Bariatric Beds Provide Comfort For Larger Patients
Author: Med Ame
Bariatric Beds Provide Comfort For Larger Patients

It's no secret that obesity has become a serious problem today. People in the United States have been gaining weight by leaps and bounds, and they often have trouble losing it. With that being the case there are critics who have no sympathy and others who believe that these people are simply victims of a problematic society. Whatever the case, though, there doesn't seem to be any quick fix and this overweight population is getting older, putting more pressure on an already strained healthcare system. Just because there are a lot of overweight people, however, does not mean that they should be made to suffer if they become disabled. Thankfully, there are products designed just for them!

One of these is the Invacare Manual Bariatric Bed. It can support up to 600 pounds but is easy to set up in the home. Despite the ease of setup, though, the bed is very substantial and sturdy. While the cost of the bed is near $4700, the value for the money is unsurpassed. That cost is no more than what would be paid for a high-end, full or queen size bed with mattress and box spring, and the Invacare bed is rated for much higher weights. The wider surface and truss assembly helps provide the maximum amount of support while still giving comfort, as does the extra bracing that is integrated into the bed frame itself. The bed ends are removable and the bed offers a split-spring design, which helps make the bed easier to set up. This allows a caregiver to set up this kind of bed for a bariatric patient and does not require a team of individuals or a professional installer to assemble, and there are not even any special tools needed to put the bed together.

The motor that comes with the bed can be attached and detached easily with the easy-release motor mounts. The frame is made of steel and is robotically welded, reducing the chance of problems such as frame failure. There is a hand pendant that comes with this bed, and that allows both the caregiver and the patient to operate the controls. With the pendant a person can adjust the position of both the head and the foot of the bed, and also raise and lower the height of the actual bed surface itself. The motor, in addition to being easy to attach and remove, features a very smooth operation and is extremely quiet. This is a benefit to a patient who does not want to disturb others with too much sound when he or she raises and lowers parts of the bed, and can be especially important for circumstances where the caregiver is a husband or wife and shares the same bedroom. Many people who are bariatric patients already feel guilty about their weight and feel as though they are a burden to their families. Anything that can be done to help alleviate this and make them more comfortable is important to patient and caregiver alike.

Another fine feature of the Invacare Manual Bariatric Bed, though, is that there is also a hand crank. It allows a person to manual raise or lower any part of the bed that has been adjusted via the pendant and the motor. This can be very helpful for cases where there might be a power failure which could otherwise leave the patient in a very uncomfortable position. The height of the bed itself can also be adjusted from 18 to 25 inches, providing options based on the size and height of the caregiver and also helping a bariatric patient that might not be totally bed-bound to set a height that is comfortable for getting in and out of bed. An 80 inch long and 42 inch wide sleep surface helps to ensure that patients will be comfortable once they are in bed and will not overhang the bed, which can cause serious discomfort and make it almost impossible for them to change positions.

The bed comes with a lifetime warranty on the welds, a five-year warranty on the structure and the frame, and a one-year warranty on any of the electrical and mechanical parts. Not all bariatric beds provide that kind of comprehensive warranty. This makes the Invacare Manual Bariatric Bed one of the overall best choices for people who are too heavy to be comfortable in a standard adjustable bed. If you are one of those people, or you take care of someone who is, checking into the Invacare bed can be a good investment in your future comfort.
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