Choose the Best Scale for Your Customers!

Published in Member Communities on December 04, 2019

Professional home care scales are needed for a variety of personal wellness levels such as participants in physician monitored weight loss programs, patients with congestive heart failure, or those with nutritional problems.

Often, retail-quality bathroom scales can pose potential problems for users, and in turn, cause problems for the provider of the scale. Their simple and inexpensive nature often leads to a poor design, making it not suitable for the aging adult population or for home health use where precise weight measurements are critical.

For this reason, our partners at Health o meter® are giving VGM members advice to aid in selecting a scale to better serve customers.

How to choose the ideal scale

The ideal professional home scale has large stable feet built into the scale with electronics located inside the platform. This design protects the scale from damage and provides more accurate weight readings when used on carpet. Another important feature to consider is stability. Stability can be increased by the design of the scale’s platform. A wide platform allows users to find a comfortable and secure stance to help maintain their balance. Platforms with a textured, non-slip surface can provide a stable foothold and traction.

Along with evaluating a scale’s design, healthcare providers need to consider the manufacturer of the scale. For optimum safety and accuracy, users need a medical-grade professional home care scale from a manufacturer that specializes in healthcare products. Look for reputable medical scale vendor by checking if they are certified (ISO 13485:2016) and have their products in manufactured in FDA-registered factories. Not to mention, purchasing products from a reliable healthcare supplier can give the DMEPOS companies peace of mind when supplying the scales to their patients.

Ask an expert

Interested in learning more? VGM vendor partner, Health o meter® offers professional scales that undergo strict medical level quality testing at the company’s FDA-registered factories. They are the #1 Medical Scale brand in the U.S. and understands how to design professional home care scales with the end user in mind.


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