Canopy Bed, Crib or Hospital Bed?
Choose the appropriate bed for your patient
Caring for a patient with a chronic
illness or disability is a challenge.
For long-term home medical
care an ordinary hospital bed
may seem to be adequate but
could create new problems.
The side rails of a hospital bed
are spaced for an adult and make
the bed unsuitable for a child.
Crib bars are closely spaced to
prevent a child from slipping partially
through and becoming
trapped. But some patients may
get their arms or legs caught in
the crib bars—then a Canopy Bed
is the better choice.
Why is an enclosure necessary?
Falling from a bed or crib can
cause serious injury. An enclosed
bed or a crib with a top prevents a
child from climbing over the side
and falling to the floor. Any patient
who roams unsupervised during
the night when caregivers are
sleeping can be a danger to himself
or others in the house. An
enclosed bed is an important
safety measure in this case.
Do you need high or low
If you want the patient to be able
to get in or out of bed on his own
the mattress level needs to be low
to the ground. If the patient is not
mobile and needs frequent medical
attention you need a crib height
mattress level. The Height-
Adjustable Hydraulic Canopy Bed
allows you to raise and lower the
bed by a handoperated crank. The
mesh enclosure moves with the
mattress support so no gaps or
pouches are created when you
raise the bed.
Do bumper pads provide enough padding?
If a patient suffers injuries from
seizures or head banging you
should choose the completely
padded environment of a Canopy
Bed. Crib bumper pads may not
provide enough protection.
Do you need head elevation?
Elevating the upper body can
be necessary for the treatment
of reflux or respiratory problems.
The standard Canopy Bed has a
fixed position, flat mattress support.
An optional Head Elevation Crank
is available. Foam wedges are
also available for head, knee
or foot elevation.
Is the patient destructive?
The Canopy Bed is made of a
strong polyester mesh and is suitable
for most patients. If the patient
is destructive you may need to consider
the Pedicraft Institutional Crib.
When a crib or
canopy bed is not
By the time a healthy child is
two years old, he or she will try
to climb out of a crib. It might
be tempting for the parent of
a problematic child to use an
enclosed crib or bed, but children
who need special attention
do not necessarily need to
be confined; the underlying
problems need to be addressed.
Some children with behavior
problems need special protection.
If you are concerned that a
particular patient is being treated
improperly you should contact
your local child welfare agency
for help in evaluating the
Please remember that
the need for an enclosed crib
or bed at home is rare. It is for
a medically fragile patient with
chronic illness such as cerebral
palsy, brain trauma or other
severe disability. It must not be
used as a restraint for a difficult,
but otherwise healthy, child