Bed Mobility Transfer System Benefits
For a frail elderly person- there is a great opportunity to build strength because they are helping themselves vs. having others help them move. Using the wide trapeze bar to move even a few inches sideways requires a person to
use major muscle groups- arm, chest, stomach, leg, etc. This is exercise in disguise. Using the trapeze and assist rails to roll over/change position is using muscles as well. Using the balance pole to stand up requires muscle use- and allows someone to stabilize themselves. Many elderly are on heavy medication, get lightheaded upon rising, then fall and injure themselves breaking hips, etc. - the balance pole is a huge aid to help prevent these
For a stroke afflicted person- as long as a person has decent strength on one side they can be very independent in the bed area. Using the trapeze, assist rails, and balance pole a person can reposition themselves in bed, move sideways across a wide bed, get themselves sitting on the edge of the bed, and use the balance pole to stand, pivot, and put themselves in a wheelchair if needed- 100% independently. If using a walker or cane the bed transfers would even be easier.
For MS/MD/CP/Parkinsons afflictions- there is diminished trust in one’s muscles and like the elderly their perceptions can be off increasing the likelihood of falls/injuries. They like to grab “things that don’t move” thus the heavy duty nature of Friendly Beds® is a huge feature. This product is not just a simple improvement to the typical flimsy aids on the market- it is a heavy duty integrated system of components designed to work together for strength and functionality.
For arthritis sufferers- having multiple assistive components to grasp improves mobility and reduces the pain of bed transfers and repositioning.
For spinal cord injuries- optional transfer bar is designed for paraplegics and others with little/no leg strength (including people with advanced MS). These parts allow a very simple transfer to the bed surface. This puts them within reach of all the other assistive devices there and allows greater movement for positioning, changing clothes, etc. This modification moves the balance pole further from the mattress and adds a horizontal bar from the pole to midline of the bed. A person can back the wheelchair between mattress and pole, grab the overhead bar (off-center) and swing the body onto the mattress- one easy step. See videos on website.
For amputees and other wheelchair users- same benefits as explained above- having a modular system of heavy duty components available allows the product to be tuned to a person’s needs.
Other benefits- the ability to easily reposition oneself in bed keeps a person more comfortable and reduces the chance of bedsores being developed. The FB Model used on double/queen/king beds allows a person space to turn over, stretch out, or to remain sleeping with their spouse. For example- if someone has slept with their spouse for 50+ years should they be forced to sleep alone in a narrow bed after a stroke? Independence and self-esteem: people want to live a “normal” life despite difficulties of age/disability- this product allows them a choice to remain in a traditional wide bed. In assisted living- should a person wait for an attendant to help them out of bed to go to the restroom at night when they could safely do it themselves with this product?
Caregiver benefits- especially important in the case of elderly spouses trying to remain independent as long as possible. If the caregiver strains/injures themselves then independence may be lost for both people. Hired caregivers are under restrictions of how much weight they can handle and the bed area is the worse place to lift people. The #1 injury in extended care facilities is caregiver back injuries and the product should greatly reduce injuries to caregivers as well as residents.
Other Products- this is an innovative product that could benefit millions of people. The four wheeled walker and liftchair have been important homecare aids for a long time but this product (and additional ones under development) may also be critical for a great number of people. Other items include a “liftchair for the toilet”, a one time price medical alert ($295), an economical 8’ long powered wheelchair ramp, etc. Please review new products at www.FriendlyBeds.com and to join our newsletter e-mail list.
Mobility Bed Component Comparison:
- Trapeze bars- the traditional cantilevered triangle trapeze hangs over the headboard on chains, flexes many inches when weight is put to it, and only allows a person to pull "straight up". The Friendly Bed product is the only one with a 3 foot long trapeze bar allowing movement across a wide bed, maximum stability, "exercise", and easy adjustment.
- Balance Pole- the traditional one is basically a jackscrew against the ceiling. Great care must be used in installation and many times it must be screwed to ceiling joists for stability- people usually do not want to mess up their houses. The balance pole is attached securely to the Friendly Bed framework with no anchoring to floor, ceiling, or walls.
- Assist Rails/bedrails- the most popular traditional ones anchor themselves by sliding between the box spring and mattress and are unstable. Friendly Beds has heavy duty pivoting assist rails providing a high level of stability in three positions- people can lean on them and grab them in repositioning themselves. There is a simple handle that unlocks the rail and allows movement to the next position.
- Integral overhead lighting with remote- elderly people require much greater lighting and this improves safety in the bed area. Wireless remote controls the overhead light as well as two other electrical items- either the optional snakelights or corded devices elsewhere in the room.
- Optional Horizontal Transfer Bar- never existed before- allows for easy bed transfer for people with little or no leg strength to transfer to the bed surface putting them in reach of the other assistive items.
- Comfort items- optional snakelights for reading, TV Mount, over-the-mattress nightstands (for people with severe mobility issues wanting access to things normally on a nightstand), bed wedges, etc.
Friendly Bed Information- for Assisted Living/Independent Living Residents
What is the value of self-esteem for a resident to safely get out of bed to go to the restroom at night? The more a resident can independently function the better they feel about themselves. Residents should consider the following financial advantages of the Friendly Bed system to allow them to stay in the least expensive environment as long as possible. The base cost of even the large FB Model is less than two weeks in a nursing home so payback on the unit is very fast.
For residents in Assisted Living- as a resident’s abilities deteriorate the risk of injury significantly increases. Many injuries occur with bed transfers/repositioning and a resident that has heavy duty components to safely help themselves incurs less chance of falls/serious injury. This ability to safely and independently help themselves improves self-esteem, allows them the opportunity to build strength, and remain in the least expensive environment as long as possible. Nursing home costs can easily be twice the cost of Assisted Living so any extended stay (even a few weeks) easily covers the cost of these heavy duty assistive products. Sometimes a cost-share can be worked out in which the facility shares the cost with the resident with the understanding the facility keeps the unit for future residents. Many Assisted Living facilities charge extra for providing greater levels of care so a Friendly Bed unit may delay incurring those additional costs.
For residents in Independent Living- many of the above resident benefits apply but safety/independence becomes even more important as in many cases there is no staff available to provide assistance. Residents need to maintain a level of independence and Friendly Beds can be the critical assistive help to allow them to stay in Independent Living instead of more expensive environments.