How to Fold Up An Electric Hospital Bed

Types Of Hospital Beds

An electric and adjustable hospital bed changed the way caregivers provide care to patients in medical and home settings. Before operating an electric hospital bed, it’s important for caregivers and healthcare professionals to understand how to operate one, to prevent any untoward accidents not only for the patients but for the caregivers as well. 

Understanding Your Bed

Electric hospital beds are not made equally. They come in different models with unique features and mechanisms. Before trying to fold up the hospital bed, make sure to familiarize yourself with its specific design and different functions and refer to the user manual provided by the manufacturer.

Step 1: Prepare the area

Clear the space around the bed to create a safe area where no one will be hurt when you fold the bed or no loose item will cause the bed to malfunction. Make sure that the bed is positioned in a way where the caregiver can easily care for the patient from all sides.

Step 2: Lower the bed to its lowest position

Use the bed controls and lower the bed to its lowest position to ensure stability to minimize any risk of injury.

Step 3: Lock the wheels

Medical beds have wheels for easy transport. Before folding the bed, lock the wheels to prevent any unintended movement. This will ensure that no one gets hurt during the folding process because the bed suddenly moved.

Step 4: Activate the folding mechanism

Refer to the user manual to know where the folding mechanism is and how to activate it. This mechanism usually includes levers, buttons, knobs, or other components near the bed frame. Follow the specific instructions on how to fold the bed for a smoother process. 

Step 5: Fold the bed gently

When the folding mechanism is engaged, gently fold the bed. Pay close attention to each component to make sure all of the parts are functioning properly. If you encounter any difficulties, refer back to the manual or contact the supplier. Professional mobility experts such as Gilani Engineering have accessible customer service support for customer inquiries. 

Step 6: Secure the bed in its folded position

Once the bed is fully folded, secure it in this position with the use of available locks, latches or any fastening features. Double-check all locking mechanisms are secure to avoid accidental unfolding. 

Informative video illustration

For a visual walkthrough of the entire folding process, we’ve created an informative video illustration. Watch the video below to see the folding steps in action and gain additional insights into this innovative mobility product.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you fold up a hospital bed? 

Yes. Hospital beds are designed to be foldable for easier transport and storage when not in use.

How do you fold a hospital bed sheet?

Folding a hospital bed sheet is a simple process. Lay the sheet flat on a clean surface then fold the sheet in half, aligning the edges and corners. Fold it in half again to create a rectangular shape. If the sheet is fitted, tuck them into the fold, smoothing out any wrinkles throughout the process.