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      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 injuries.       

      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.


       

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.     
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