What is the Difference Between a Hospital Bed and an Adjustable Bed?
When deciding whether to buy a hospital bed or adjustable bed, it is important to know what the key differences are between these two types of beds. A hospital bed does not have as large a range of motion as an adjustable one. An adjusting bed can be simple or may have additional amenities such as a massage button. These beds come in twin, king and queen sizes while hospital beds do not. They are also usually more aesthetic than hospital beds.
Different Types of Adjustable Beds
Dual Base Beds
These king, queen or twin size beds are ideal for a couple who need to sleep in different positions. Each side of the bed is independent from the other. For instance, the husband can sleep sitting up while the wife sleeps on her back. Such a bed is usually more expensive than the average adjustable bed but is also the most flexible.
Adjustable Height Bed
An individual who is disabled and/or who uses a wheelchair will find this type of bed to be the best option. While adjustable beds generally have a wide range of motion, they cannot normally be raised or lowered. A height adjustable bed can be either elevated or lowered to enable one to get on or off the bed more easily.
Coil Spring Adjustable Beds
These are usually the most affordable option for an individual who wants a bed that can be adjusted as needed. These beds can be quite comfortable, although exactly how comfortable the bed is depends in large part on the brand name of bed chosen. It is important to buy a well known brand name instead of a generic, little known brand name. A coil spring bed is very flexible and the mattresses come in varying degrees of firmness. A person who prefers a memory foam mattress but cannot afford a memory foam adjusting bed can buy a memory foam pad and use it with a coil spring bed.
Memory Foam Adjustable Beds
These beds are quite comfortable. The mattress on such a bed can be made from either hypoallergenic latex foam or manmade foam. The former is the better option, especially for a person with allergies or other health problems.
Manual or Electric?
Most modern adjustable beds are electronic, but there are some that are manual. A manual bed is made for a disabled person who is being looked after by a caregiver. Beds that only adjust manually have to be adjusted by another person; one cannot lay on the bed and adjust it on his or her own.
Electrically adjusting a bed is a lot simpler and faster. Adjustable electronic beds can be adjusted with a remote as a person lies back and gets comfortable. These beds run on electricity; however, if the power goes off, the bed can still be lowered either gravitationally or with the aid of a back up battery.
The importance of getting enough sleep every night cannot be overestimated. An individual who is well rested will be healthier and happier than one who cannot sleep well at night. Taking the time to choose the right type of adjustable bed is worth it.