View Full Version : Hospital bed at home

12-17-2007, 02:14 AM
Me again,
Do you think renting a hospital bed after surgery is necessary? I'm not sure where I might put one.
Ash :confused:

12-17-2007, 08:01 AM
Ash--while I was in the hospital, my husband and I thought how that might be soooo helpful when I got home. I couldn't imagine lying flat in my regular bed at home. We spoke with my doctor and he said NO-- he wanted me to adjust to regular life/things as quickly as possible, and felt that with a few pillows, etc., I would be fine. So I didn't use a hospital bed at home. I know you'll get a variety of answers on this one though, because I've seen that many people did get one. If you have a comfortable bed you should be fine. Take care!

12-17-2007, 08:11 AM
I have to say I missed the hospital bed when I first got home from rehab but would only have needed it for the first couple of weeks or so. If you're not going to rehab after surgery, it would probably be a good thing to have. I eventually got comfortable in my own bed with the help of lots of pillows.

12-17-2007, 09:55 AM

My stepmom really encouraged me to get a hospital bed, just so I could have it as an option. I asked her to wait and see what they said while I was in the hospital - it was never mentioned there. So I'm sleeping in my own bed, and it's fine. I pile pillows into an incline (one against the headboard, and two positioned over that one in an incline - imagine a triangle) and lay on my back over those. That's working fine for me (in fact - I slept till 9:30 today, and only woke up 4 times).

You'll know in the hospital if you'll need it or not. And you can always make the decision once you are home if things aren't working out.

12-19-2007, 12:51 PM
Actually won one on eBay last night for less than a 1/3 of the price. Looks pretty cool if it works as the reviews state.

It's called the Mattress Genie (http://www.contourliving.com/showproduct.aspx?productid=19) ... anyone have experience with one?

I got it so cheaply, if it doesn't work for me no big deal ... I can always flip it back on eBay.

If it does work, I'll bequeath it here (when I no longer need it) to another person headed to the "other side" ;-)

(note to self ... add more batteries, velcro and another remote leash to my list! lol ...)


12-19-2007, 01:43 PM
When I got home I really missed my electric hospital bed. My parents brought around a fully reclining lazy boy, but it has manual lever controls which I can't operate myself. This has led to a reduction in my independence, but I am only 2 weeks post op. I would at this stage still really like a hospital bed or electric lazy boy. Having said that, after my first surgery I was only comfortable lying flat on my bed. So I would find out about if you can hire them, and how much notice you need for delivery. That way you can wait and see, or else hire it but cancel if you don't need it.

12-19-2007, 07:49 PM
I am 6 days post op and one night home from the hospital. I can't imagine not sleeping in a hospital bed, and luckily it is covered by my insurance. I bought a 1-2 inch thick memory foam topper for the mattress and I swear it feels like heaven. I say if the hospital bed is an option, do it! Good luck with your surgery.

12-20-2007, 12:41 PM
Hi Ash,
I had a hospital bed at home...and I honestly don't think I could have made it without it...Good Luck :p

12-20-2007, 10:27 PM
Wow, thanks everybody. Maybe I'll go ahead and rent one, then I can send it back when I can go without it. My 6 year old still sleeps with us - (I know!!! Shhh!!) - but I can't imagine sleeping with her in a post-op condition with her kicking and all.