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So our caregiver (lives with her) wants a bed that raises so she can change and wash her in bed. But her bed, with box spring and mattress, is already 31" high, so an electric bed, at maximum of 25" high with a 6" lousy 'mattress' won't help.

Any suggestions?

How do home caretakers deal with bathing/changing in bed?

Thank you,

Randy

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Thanks very much. I'll look into that immediately.
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My mother was on Medicare (BCBS/federal secondary insurance) when her doctor ordered a hospital bed with the inflatable pad that shifted her from side to side to relieve pressure in any one spot and it didn't cost me a thing. I remember signing paperwork where it was leased to us and Medicare paid the lease until it was no longer needed. This happened right after mom was released from the hospital with a bout of sepsis. There were a few times I was really grateful the whole bed rose up to a more comfortable position for me when attending to her needs. I would definitely agree that you should look to any resource possible to get one.
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Will your mother's insurance cover the cost?

If she is on Medicaid, the cost will be covered if her doctor says she needs one. It is on a rental/loan basis. You give it back when she no longer needs it.

Is there a Goodwill organization in your area? Here they help people will all kinds of medical equipment and supplies.

Look for used beds. I found a really suitable one on Craig's list, but then Medicare came through with one for my husband, on hospice.

A hospital bed is a wonderful solution. Don't give up until you have exhausted all possible resources.

Start with the doctor.
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....unfortunately... it's the perfect (ly expensive) solution.
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Yes, and they're $4-$6k.
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Have you considered a hospital bed? It is very helpful to raise the whole bed to work on the patient, and to lower it to help the patient out of bed. And being able to sit up in bed helps when it is necessary to eat in bed, take pills, have a beverage. etc.
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