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Hospital Beds

Find the best hospital beds for sale at the best prices right here, all for use in medical and home care settings and designed to meet the needs of the elderly and handicapped.

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Hospital beds are recommended for the elderly, infirm and handicapped adults, at home or in any medical setting, who spend a lot of time in bed or require an economical bed with adjustable head and foot sections. 

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Be sure to connect with us in live chat. Also, check out our "Hospital Bed Buyer's Guide" to find the best bed for your needs. 

What do you consider to be the best hospital bed to buy for the elderly or chronically ill?

We like and recommend all the hospital bed brands we carry, but if you'd like a specific recommendation, we like Invacare's full electric hospital bed 5410ivc for the elderly and home environments. It comes with a FREE mattress and side rails, but that's not what makes it unique. We carry other hospital bed sets that include the mattress and rails. We recommend it because nothing beats Invacare's combination of quality and feature selections in this bed. But, that said, depending on your need and budget, thee are plenty of other great options as well.

  • How much time per day will the patient be spending in bed?
  • Can the patient shift positions independently?
  • How many months will they need to use a hospital bed?
  • How much does the patient weigh?
  • How much muscle mass do they have?
When you have those answers, you’re ready to make a selection because each mattress type was designed to meet each need.

To make it easy for you to know which mattress does what, we have assigned our mattresses to a "Level":

  • Level 1: Those who spend minimal or temporary time in the hospital bed;
  • Level 2: Those who spend at least 12 hours per every 24 hour cycle in the hospital bed;
  • Level 3: Those for heavier patients and/or confined to the hospital bed for most of every 24 hour cycle;
  • Level 4: Air mattress with pump for those confined to the bed and/or highly susceptible to bed sores. 

Here are your hospital bed mattress categories: 

Innerspring Mattresses


American Discount Home Medical Equipment only sells prescription POCs that are FDA-approved because we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible care. For the same reason, we require a prescription for each of the portable and stationary concentrators we sell.

We carry anti-bacterial and water-resistant innerspring mattresses. 

Foam Mattresses

LEVEL 1, 2 OR 3

Foam mattresses range from a single layer, level 1 mattress up to multi-layered and multi-density level 3 mattresses. A very good foam mattress will redistribute body pressure points to prevent bed sores. 

Multi-layer mattresses are best for those who spend most of their time in bed, or who cannot shift position independently. The Protekt 500 mattress, Invacare Premier mattresses, and Drive Gravity 9 and Multi-Ply 6500 mattresses are some examples of high quality, multi-layered foam mattresses we sell that are made to help prevent bed sores based on their construction.

Air Mattresses

Air mattresses are your best choice for comfort. This type of hospital bed mattress is best for those who spend most of their time in bed, who cannot shift position independently, and who want or need the optimum in comfort.

Alternating Pressure, Low Air Loss and Lateral Rotation (turning) or lateral rotating air mattresses are designed to aid in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers (also called bed sores) and are perfect for hospital beds.

Mattress Overlays

Alternating pressure pads and gel foam mattress overlays are a less expensive alternative to air mattresses and lay on top an existing hospital bed mattress, most typically a level 1 mattress. Some people ask if it's a smart idea to get an overlay if they have a level 2 mattress when their condition has changed and is in bed more. Our answer is, it could help, but we recommend moving up to a Level 3 or 4 mattress instead. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a regular mattress work with a hospital bed?

Regular mattresses do not work with adjustable or hospital beds because they must contour with the positions the hospital bed can take. Additionally, hospital bed mattresses are better designed to prevent bed sores and they are much easier to clean. 

How can I make a hospital bed more comfortable? 

The mattress is key. Air mattresses are the best for those who are confined to the bed, especially if it's going to be a long-term stay for many months or years. Foam mattresses are built for comfort as well and come with a lower price point. Mattress toppers add a layer for added comfort and are a less expensive option to air and foam mattresses. What you need really depends on how many months you'll be in a hospital bed, your weight, your ability to turn yourself, and how many hours a day you will staying in bed. 

Does Medicare pay for a hospital bed mattress?

Medicare Part B covers much of the cost of medically necessary mattresses and beds. If a doctor and Medicare decide that it is medically necessary for you to have a specific mattress or bed, they will consider it durable medical equipment (DME).

How often does the mattress need to be replaced?

The American Hospital Association states that the life of the mattress is 5 years, but mattress manufacturers maintain that it is only 1 to 3 years. Medicare will not replace the mattress before 5 years.

Which is better, a 5L or 10L oxygen concentrator?

It depends on your need. A 5L oxygen cylinder can provide 5 litres of oxygen in a minute, while the 10L concentrator can provide 10 litres of oxygen in a minute. The first should be enough for patients with mild symptoms and basic requirements. We recommend you ask your doctor.

How often should an oxygen concentrator be cleaned?

Clean your particle filter monthly. Clean the outside of the oxygen concentrator weekly. Use alcohol wipes to clean the outside of the tubing connecting the nasal cannula daily. Replace your nasal cannulas and tubing monthly when using your oxygen concentrator regularly.

Not sure which is best? We're here in live chat to answer questions

Remove the filter, then clean it with a mild detergent and water. Rinse in water and dry before reuse. You may notice if you do not clean your filters regularly that there may be reduced airflow, and you may also not be receiving the prescribed oxygen you need.

What should you not do when using an oxygen concentrator?

No need to feel uncertain over what to buy. We have decades of experience in the field and are here to help you in live chat during working hours. Leave your questions if we're away and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Aug 17th 2023

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