As with any type of specialist hospital bed, bariatric beds come with a range of different features and functions depending on the needs of a patient.
But unlike standard hospital beds, they tend to cost more simply because they are larger, more heavy-duty pieces of equipment. As a general rule of thumb, it’s sensible to assume that the higher the specification of a bariatric bed and the better the manufacturer, the higher the cost will be.
For instance, a full electric bariatric bed with tilt-in-space features, along with other bells and whistles, could easily cost up to £12,000.
On the more affordable end of the scale, a manual bariatric bed can be purchased from £2,500. Making it a better fit for smaller budgets, although limiting the positioning options for your patients.
Choosing the right bariatric bed for your budget
Your budget and the needs of your patient will, obviously, be the most significant factors influencing your choice of bariatric bed.
Beyond that, however, different models of bariatric bed offer different features that can greatly improve patient comfort, reduce the risk of complications and help your staff work more effectively.
Some of these include:
- Positioning features
- Side rails and built-in scales
- Electric or manual height adjustments
- Built-in storage
Should you need additional features like these to provide your patients with better comfort, but are working on a tight budget, you may want to consider renting a bariatric bed.
In conclusion, the best way to match a bed to your budget and your needs is with a specialist assessment from a trustworthy, independent supplier.
We carry out many assessments for clients looking for bariatric bed solutions. During our assessments, one of our clinically-trained specialists matches a clients’ needs with an affordable solution – the assessment last approximately 60 minutes and gives you complete peace of mind.
If you’d like assistance in person from our bed specialists, please get in touch.