The clinically proven Freedom BedTM is recommended for persons suffering from temporary or permanent immobility. This could include:
The torso raising position is also beneficial for tube fed bed users since the bed user can still be rotated with the torso raised up to 30°.
A higher elevation angle can be achieved by combining head elevation with Reverse Trendelenburg.
A mobile person generally turns approximately once every 10-12 minutes while sleeping. This action provides for healthy blood circulation, stimulation of body organs and movement of body fluids. When a person becomes temporarily or permanently immobilized however, the blood supply to that part of the body that is under pressure is restricted. If that pressure is not regularly relieved, and the blood supply restored, the affected tissue dies and sloughs off resulting in the formation of a bed sore/decubitus ulcer. These occur most commonly on the buttocks, sacrum, hips and heels and can be life-threatening if they become infected. This is commonly referred to as a Pressure Injury.
If that isn’t bad enough there are many other medical complications associated with immobility. These include (but are not limited to):
Decubitus ulcers are of major concern to the sufferers, their caregivers, and the medical community. The scale of the problem is immense. It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people are suffering from bedsores at any one time in Australia alone and almost 70% of sufferers are over 65. It is reported that there are thousands of deaths annually from complications arising from bedsores and the current cost to the Australian Health System to treat these and other associated conditions is estimated in the tens of millions of dollars annually.
The traditional way to avoid the formation of bedsores is for a family member, caregiver or institutional employee to regularly turn (reposition) and stabilize the patient in a new position to relieve tissue compression and re-establish blood flow. (It is recommended that this be done at a minimum of every two hours). This has to be done around the clock and unfortunately this manual process has a considerable number of drawbacks that include:
The many features of The Freedom Bed provide a number of key benefits to immobilized bed-users such as:
The physical and mental tasks associated with caring for immobilized persons can place a considerable burden on spouses, parents, etc. The physical requirements of manually turning an immobile person frequently mean that family members become unable, through age and/or infirmity, to provide the required assistance. This results in institutionalization of the family member.
The Freedom BedTM has been designed with the caregiver very much in mind and provides considerable benefits along with the ability to provide a significantly better quality of home-based care.
The Freedom BedTM automatically turns the bed user during the night thus eliminating the need for the caregiver to get up every two hours. Sleep deprivation is considerably reduced and thus caregiver physical and mental fatigue are decreased.
There is a reduced need to manually turn or reposition the user and thus a decreased chance of the caregiver developing neck, shoulder or back injuries
The head-raising and leg-raising system and bed height adjustment assists in positioning the user for personal care and for transfer to and from a wheelchair.
There are many significant benefits that accrue to institutions as a result of investing in the Freedom BedTM. These include:
For an industry struggling to get its costs under control the Freedom BedTM offers significant savings by focusing on a strategy of prevention of the problems before they occur. It offers: