National Family Caregivers Month

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  • 03 Nov, 2017

November 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month.  Friendly Beds can help keep people independent with bed transfers while reducing risk of injury to the caregivers.    Remain at home longer safely.  Call now for special pricing!

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By 7013064153 23 Nov, 2017
By 7013064153 19 Nov, 2017
The Friendly Bed system has made getting in and out of bed much easier and safer for me.  I can now easily get in and position and re position myself in bed, on my own, once I'm in there!"  Want to see more of what Friendly Beds has done for our customers - check out our testimonials page.  Also, give us a call 920-257-4001 to be our next happy customer!
By 7013064153 14 Nov, 2017
Friendly Beds is unique itself with it's long trapeze, pivoting assist rails in 3 positions, vertical balance pole and overhead lighting on remote.  However people have more individualize needs and need more then what the Friendly Beds offer, so we make changes to help.  Want an additional trapeze near the foot of the bed for another place to transfer in/out of bed, a foot trapeze to raise your foot up to reduce pain on your back, or vertical balance poles on both sides of the bed?  Give us a call 920-257-4001 to see how we can help!
By 7013064153 10 Nov, 2017
Did you know that Friendly Beds is a Made in America product? We use local fab shops to create the components of Friendly Beds to ensure the our customer is getting a quality product. Have questions? Give us a call 920-257-4001
By 7013064153 07 Nov, 2017
We exhibited Friendly Beds yesterday at the IRIS show,  we love to show off how people can remain safe & independent at home by helping improve their bed mobility!  Friendly Beds also helps reduce the risk of injury to caregivers.  Call now to see how we can help- 920-257-4001.
By 7013064153 03 Nov, 2017
November is National Family Caregivers Month.  Friendly Beds can help keep people independent with bed transfers while reducing risk of injury to the caregivers.    Remain at home longer safely.  Call now for special pricing!
By 7013064153 03 Nov, 2017
This post is for people who have had a double amputation of the lower extremities (limbs). It may take you some time to get used to using your wheelchair, especially when you move from the chair to bed. Below are tips for making the transfer from wheelchair to bed safely.

Wheelchair to bed

  1. Wheel your chair to the side of the bed. You should be facing the side of the bed head-on (perpendicular to the bed, see picture at right).
  2. Swing away the wheelchair’s leg rests.
  3. Roll your wheelchair as close to the bed as possible. Try not to leave any gap between the chair and the bed. Lock the wheelchair’s brakes.
  4. Put your hands and arms on the wheelchair’s arm rests. You will use your arms to support some of your body’s weight. “Walk” your legs forward by shifting your weight from side to side. Continue shifting and moving until you are completely on the bed. Then you can position yourself comfortably (see picture right).

Bed to wheelchair

  1. Be sure the wheelchair is facing the bed with little or no gap between the chair and the bed. Be sure the brakes are locked.
  2. Sit on the edge of the bed with your back toward the locked wheelchair (see picture at right).
  3. Reach backward for the arms of the chair. Use your arms to support your weight as you lift yourself up and back into the chair.
  4. Unlock the brakes and wheel away from the bed so you can swing the wheelchair’s leg rests back into place.

General tips

  • Always lock the wheelchair before any transfer.
  • Whether getting into or out of bed, put the wheelchair closer to the head of the bed. This makes it easier to position yourself on the bed.
  • Before moving in or out of bed, get rid of extra blankets or items that might get in
    your way.
  • When scooting backwards, lean your body forward so your head is over your knees.
  • Try to plan the transfer so the surfaces you are moving to and from are the same height. For example, it is difficult to move from a low wheelchair to a high bed.
  • Use a wheelchair with anti-tipping devices.
Your physical therapist may show you other ways to make safe transfers depending on your physical condition and home setting.

By 7013064153 03 Nov, 2017

Bed transfers

The height of a bed is critical if you transfer independently. A bed that is too low is difficult to rise from. Conversely, a bed that is too high is difficult to shuffle back on and to lift the legs up on to. The firmness of the mattress will also make a difference. An old mattress or one that 'gives' under body weight, is difficult to shuffle on or get support from when pushing up to stand.

In some cases it may be difficult to find a compromise between the optimum height for the carers who are helping with personal care or nursing activities, and a suitable height for the your transfers. Height adjustable equipment is the ideal solution for this issue. This is also essential if one height is needed for getting out of bed and another for getting into it.

Hoist to bed transfers

If a hoist is used for transferring, make sure there is sufficient clearance under the bed for the hoist chassis, and that the hoist lifts to a height to adequately clear the bed.

Need for an assessment

If you are having difficulty getting on/off your bed, we recommend you arrange an assessment with an occupational therapist . It is important that you have an individual assessment as there are many factors which may affect what is appropriate for you. For example, the height which is appropriate depends on the individual.


Equipment can help with independent bed transfers like Friendly Beds!  


By 7013064153 03 Nov, 2017
1.  Explain to the individual that you will be assisting them into the wheelchair.
2. Position the wheelchair next to the bed facing the foot of the bed. Bring the chair as close as possible to reduce the distance of the transfer. Make sure to lock the brakes on the wheelchair and fold the foot rests up, as soon as you position it near the bed.
3. If individual is lying down, place one arm under the shoulder of the individual and the other arm supporting their thigh on the opposite side (you are facing them when doing this.). Count to three and then carefully swing their legs over the side of the bed and assist him in lifting his trunk and shoulders until he is in a sitting position. Instruct him to scoot forward until his feet are firmly on the ground.
4. Allow the individual to sit a few minutes on the side of the bed. Place sturdy shoes on the individual while he is sitting on the edge of the bed.
5. Standing directly in front of the individual, place your arms around their chest (like a bear hug).
6. Encourage the individual to place one of their arms on your shoulder and the other one braced on the bed, to assist you in lifting them.
7. Widen the position of you feet. Place your right foot forward and next to the individual’s left foot (the side to where the little toe is). Your left foot should be placed back a ways for an easy transfer of your weight as you lift the individual.
8. Slightly bend your knees and lean your body. Then instruct the individual to get ready for a push from one arm that’s extended on the bed, as you lift him up to a standing position. Count to three as you assist him to standing position and he is pushing off from the bed at the same time.
9. Raise individual to standing position and keep your back straight as you do this move. Turn the individual so that his back is positioned in front of the wheelchair. Instruct him to grasp on the armrest for additional support, and then slowly assist him as he lowers himself on the seat of the chair. Remember to bend your knees, while keeping your back straight during the assist.
10. Be sure the individual is sitting all the way back in the wheelchair, with his back against the back of the seat.
11. Lower leg rests and footrests and assist the individual in placing his feet on the platforms.
12. Unlock wheelchair prior to moving the wheelchair.

By 7013064153 01 Nov, 2017

Adapting Your Home for Parkinson's Disease Effects from Parkinson's disease , like fatigue and trouble getting around, can make daily living, including the fun stuff, tougher.

There are ways you can make your home life as easy as possible.

General Safety Guidelines:

Have emergency numbers (police, fire, poison control, and a neighbor's phone number) close by. Put them in an easily seen place, like on the fridge.

Have a phone near you at all times.Keep a cell phone in your pocket. It'll be especially important if you fall.

Make sure smoke detectors work.You should test them about once a month. If possible, get interconnected ones so if one goes off, they all go off.

Avoid space heaters and electric blankets.They're fire hazards.

How Can Tools Help?

An occupational therapist or rehabilitation specialist can recommend some equipment to make home care and daily activities more comfortable for you.

Examples of things they may suggest include:

Learn how you can get ahead of the pain.
  • Built-up utensils that are weighted, larger, more flexible, or have special handles
  • Grab bars
  • Devices to help you reach
  • Electric beds or mattresses
  • Sliding boards
  • Wheelchairs

How Can I Make My Home Easier to Live In?

Not all of these recommendations may be right for you. Your occupational therapist or rehabilitation specialist can help determine which of these are best for you.

In your living room and bedrooms:

Place furniture so that you have wide walkways.This will leave you plenty of space to move around.

If you can, make outlets easily available for lamps and appliances.If you need extension cords, make sure they're secured with tape and out of the way, so you don't trip on them.

Use chairs with straight backs, armrests, and firm seats. This will make it easier for you to get up and sit down. Firm cushions can add height and make it easier to move.

Look for lamps that you can turn on with a touchor with sound.

If possible, change your phones to ones with larger buttons.It'll make dialing easier. Have the numbers you call a lot programmed into speed dial.

Install handrailsalong walls, hallways, and stairwells where there is nothing to hold on to.

If you have trouble getting out of bed, see about having a stationary pole or "trapeze" barinstalled. You could also try to sleep in a reclining chair.

In your bathroom:

Use an elevated toilet seat or safety rails to make it easier for you get up.Don't use towel racks or bathroom tissue holders to help you stand.

Put extended lever handles on your faucets.That'll make them easier to turn.

Put grab bars inside and outside your bathtub or shower.It'll lower your risk of a slip and fall. A bathtub transfer bench, or a shower chair with a back supportcan be useful, too, as can a non-skid mat or decalsin the bathtub.

Get rid of small bathroom mats that may cause you to trip. A large rug that covers most of the floor with nonstick backing is a great alternative. Wall-to-wall carpeting would work best.

In your kitchen:

Have at least one counter workspace loweredso you can reach it when you're sitting.

Use an electric jar openerto loosen tough lids. Don't close jars or containers too tight when you're through with them.

Get help with lift-tab cans from an extended lever.

Use pans with a wide base.That way, you're less likely to knock them over.

When you need to cut or peel vegetables, use a food processor.

Put utensils, pots, pans, and measuring cups on a pegboard or in an accessible cupboard.Lower storage spaces force you to bend. When you do have to get things out of lower cupboards, sit.

Use a spike boardto keep vegetables and fruit still so you have both hands free to peel or chop them.


  • Use plastic containers to avoid broken pieces.
  • Use a nonskid mat to keep bowls and plates steady.
  • Store food and beverages in small, easy-to-manage containers.
  • When you pour liquids, use two hands.
  • Use scissors to open plastic packages.
  • When you open boxes, use a box top opener.
  • Use electric appliances whenever possible.

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