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Many people are bedridden due to a disease or other medical condition, and they are commonly not able to perform normal everyday physical activities.

After surgery, there are patients who may have to remain in bed for long periods of time during their recovery, and other people may have disabling diseases or injuries that may chain them to a bed for years or even their whole life.

This is not easy to accept and deal with. Besides the obvious frustration and sadness these people feel in the face of their condition, they have to learn to function effectively and normally again while remaining in bed. They have to learn to be independent, and in many cases, they have to learn to welcome the help of others.

These 8 products are essential to help bedridden patients simplify many of the normal complications they face in their daily life and also to help ease the job of the caregivers:

1.Hospital beds and accessories
These are the most basic products a bedridden patient needs.  The bed is the main element in the patient’s care environment, be it at home or at other types of caring facilities.

A hospital bed helps position the patient and keeps him or her safe, which is not possible with a normal bed.  There are fully electric and semi-electric models that are easier for patients and caregivers to control.

Over bed tables are a very popular accessory used with the bed.  Their height is adjustable; some models have a tilt-top, others have two stages, and still others are of low height range.

2.Pressure relief mattresses
The pressure mattress or low air loss mattress is indispensable to prevent and heal pressure sores, which are the most common complication bedridden patients experience.

Anyone who has to remain in bed or on a wheelchair for long periods of time can get pressure sores.  These are injuries caused by unrelieved pressure that hurts the skin and its underlying tissues by squeezing minute blood vessels that provide oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

Pressure relief mattresses are very effective in helping heal and prevent these injuries and in easing the care giving process considerably.

3.Patient lifts
These are the most common transfer tools used by caregivers to easily and safely move someone who has lost his or her body movement capabilities.  They can be driven mechanically or electrically, and help avoid the risk of injury both for the patient and the caregiver.

These are the best tools for patients to move independently, even if it is only for a few hours.

5.Patient alarms
Bedridden patients easily fall when trying to leave the bed or chair, or when taking a shower.  In order to prevent this from happening so often, patient alarms have been designed to monitor patients and alert caregivers when immediate help is required.

6.Shower wheelchairs
These solve the personal hygiene needs of patients with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.  They are designed to make the person as independent as possible; thus, they can be used over the toilet and in the shower.

7.Personal care
There are countless options of personal care products for bedridden patients.  Among the best we can count:
-Personal massagers
-Incontinence pants
-Massaging foot spas
-Steam inhalers
-Foot care
-Inflatable bath pillows
-Water bottles
-Self-wipe bathroom toilet aids
-Heel and elbow protectors
-Disposable liners
-Bed pans
-Limb holders
-Mealtime protectors
-Temperature monitors
-Cast and bandage protectors
-Male and female urinals
-Instruction cards
-Wetness alert devices
-Ice bags
-Neck rests
-Hair rinsers
-Bed shampoo kits
-Protective helmets

8.Air chairs
These can be used as wheelchairs or can turn any chair into a pressure relief system to help prevent pressure sores while sitting.

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