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Freedom Bed - Automatic Lateral Rotation

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Are you tired of Painful Bed sores, Pneumonia and Other Respiratory Problems, and being awakened for turning? Automatic or Manual Lateral Rotation to improve health, prevent pressure sores, improve respiration - improved health, better sleep, and ultimately lower long-term healthcare costs for complex patient needs.
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Are you tired of

  • Painful Bed Sores?
  • Pneumonia and Other Respiratory Problems?
  • Being Awakened for Turning? 

Where Patient Comfort Meets Clinical Outcomes!

The Freedom Bed™

ProBed has created a BETTER way to care for the immobilized individual!

Models range from $20,000-$40,000 with a variety of options to accommodate unique needs.

Insurance Billing use E-1399 - Miscellaneous Durable Medical Equipment

  • Lateral Rotation only (78 inch mattress)
  • Lateral rotation + Head and Feet Elevation (78 inch mattress)
  • Lateral Rotation + Powered High-Low Adjustable Elevation with Trendelenberg/Reverse Trendelenberg (78 inch mattress)
  • Lateral Rotation + Head and Feet Elevation + Powered High-Low Adjustable Elevation with Trendelenberg/Reverse Trendelenberg (78 inch mattress)
  • 86 inches Extended Length: Lateral Rotation + Head and Feet Elevation + Powered High-Low Adjustable Elevation with Trendelenberg/Reverse Trendelenberg

The Freedom Bed™ is a unique, computer-controlled, therapy system that manually or automatically turns the bed-user to different stable sleeping positions without the aid of caregivers or institutional staff.

The bed closely mimics the body's natural nocturnal motion by mechanically repositioning it in order to re-establish blood flow to compressed tissue and thus prevent the formation of life-threatening bedsores and other complications of immobility. The motion is timed (rather than random) when under computer control and the rate is adjustable to permit the accommodation of a wide variety of sleeping patterns. Clinical studies and testimonials confirm that the ultimate benefit of the Freedom Bed™ is better health and an improved lifestyle for bed-users and their caregivers.

Freedom Bed shown tilted left

Note: Head board not shown

ProBed Freedom Bed

Freedom Bed shown tilted right

Note: Head board not shown

 

How does The Freedom Bed™ work?

The horizontal surface of the bed that supports the mattress is hinged into three longitudinal sections. The user of the bed is positioned on his/her back in the centre of the three-part platform (the sleeping platform).

As the bed smoothly and quietly rotates to one side the outer section of the three-part platform on the lower side turns up to form a “wing” which supports the body along its entire length from the ankle to the shoulder. Thus the bed-user is carefully cradled by the bed’s structure to prevent sliding and shear forces that can increase the potential of developing bedsores. Any pressure transferred to this side of the user is thus dispersed along the entire frame of the body. The wing on the upper side of the platform lowers during this process to properly balance the entire platform and provide integral strength throughout the structure. As the bed reverses the rotation the lower wing rises as the higher wing lowers so that, at the horizontal position, all three sections of the platform are horizontal. The bed then automatically rotates to the other side to complete the cycle.

The design of the bed allows for the turning of the user along the spinal axis that creates a minimal feeling of rotation (turning). The slow rate of rotation, combined with the smoothness and quietness of operation, allows the user to enjoy uninterrupted sleep throughout the night.

Another feature unique to The Freedom Bed™ is the air-powered head and leg raising system that allows the user to be raised into the sitting position. The system is unique in that it can be adjusted to meet the requirements of each individual user of the bed rather than being built to accommodate the “average” person. The key benefit of the design is the low-pressure air cushions under the mattress that raise the user. These cushions of air conform to the users body shape, and provide a complete range of ergonomic positions. This also minimizes pressure under the sacrum thus reducing the risk of pressure sores developing while elevated.

Pro-Bed Bed ControllerAutomatic Operation

A key feature of the Freedom Bed™ is its ease of operation. User-friendly control panels allow caregivers to easily program the bed for automatic use or to adjust any of the bed’s operations manually. Changing the operation of the bed from automatic to manual or from manual to automatic is a one-step procedure. Additionally, an override button is available that allows users with minimal mobility to change the programming of the bed and to move from automatic to manual and vice versa. With the high number of features and functions available, there is also a system of safety “lock-outs” permitting the caregiver to determine the choice and number of functions that bed users may access from their control panel.

The functioning of the bed allows the user to be smoothly and quietly turned through a 60° range of rotation - from the horizontal position to up to 30° left and 30° right. Rotation can be programmed to stop at any position to meet the specific comfort and positioning requirements of the user. Additionally it allows the bed to “dwell” at the programmed position (left, center or right) for any period of time between one minute and a maximum of four hours. A typical turning schedule might be as follows:

  • Horizontal for 30 minutes, then
  • 23° right for 1 hour, then
  • Horizontal for 30 minutes, then
  • 27° left for 45 minutes

The program would automatically repeat with the next move being back to horizontal.

The ANGLES and TIMES are determined through consultation with the user’s caregiver and doctor and are influenced by a number of factors including user’s size, weight, skin condition and comfort levels and also by the primary reason for which the user requires turning (e.g. avoiding bedsores or improving respiration).

 

Applicable Medical Conditions

The clinically proven Freedom Bed™ is recommended for persons suffering from temporary or permanent immobility. This could include:

  • Spinal cord injuries causing paraplegia and quadriplegia (with or without ventilator)
  • Muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis
  • Severe head injuries and stroke
  • Severe respiratory ailments such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Immobility due to aging
  • Cancer
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • AIDS
  • Coma 
  • Amputations  
  • Osteomyelitis 
  • Degenerative disk disease, post-spinal fusion and laminectomy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • ALS
  • Any other condition where turning assistance is required

Tube Fed Patients

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.

 

Be sure to review DETAILS tab for Resources such as recommended letters of medical necessity, articles, latest articles, and much more


Features

 

The many powerful features of the Freedom Bed™ have been designed with versatility and user friendliness in mind. These features have been designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and flexibility so that the bed-user or their caregiver can adjust the bed to meet their own individual needs. All mechanisms have been designed to operate as quietly as possible so that the bed-user is not woken up during their operation and particularly not during the night.

Lateral Rotation - Manual or Automatic Operation

The Freedom Bed™ has been designed so that the adjustable features of the lateral rotation system, that is dwell time and angle of rotation, can be set both manually or automatically through the bed’s user-friendly control systems. This allows the bed-user to set the bed to a customized turning schedule.

Freedom Bed tilted leftAngle of Rotation

The lateral rotation system provides for the user to be smoothly and quietly turned through a 60° range of rotation along the spinal axis. Turning from the horizontal position to up to 30° left and 30° right provides pressure relief and beneficial kinetic therapy. Rotation can be programmed to stop at any position to meet the specific comfort and positioning requirements of the user. A digital screen on the main control panel provides a read-out of the angle settings.

Dwell Time

The variable dwell time feature allows the bed user to determine how long they wish to stay at any of the three dwell positions (left, right and horizontal). Each position has an individual setting and can be set to the exact minute – between one minute and four hours per position.

Air-powered torso and leg raising systems

ProBed has developed a unique low air pressure torso and leg elevating system that provides an extraordinary level of comfort and versatility. The system works through the inflation of air cushions under the mattress that allows the mattress to conform to the bed user’s shape and provides a complete range of ergonomic positions.

Freedom Bed Side View Torso raisedThe torso system can effortlessly raise the bed user from anywhere between horizontal and 70°. This is an ideal position for eating, watching TV or reading. It also assists with patient care and wheelchair transfer. 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.

The leg raising system is ideal for bed users that obtain pain relief with their legs in an elevated position. The air pressure system for the legs has been designed so that the heels are supported in a low-pressure position when the cushion is inflated.

Powered Hi-Lo Elevation System

The powered Hi-Lo Elevation system allows the bed to be raised to an upper height of 34 inches or to a lower height of 22 inches when measured at the top of the mattress. The lower height supports transfer to and from a wheelchair and the upper height makes it easier to provide personal care to the bed-user.

Powered Trendelenburg/Reverse Trendelenburg Mechanism

Freedom Bed in Trendelenburg PositionThe powered Trendelenburg/Reverse Trendelenburg systems will tilt the bed by up to 10° in either the head-up or head-down direction. The head-down (Trendelenburg) position can be used for postural drainage for bed-users that have respiratory difficulties, whereas the head-up reverse Trendelenburg) position provides relief to bed-users with gastro-esophageal reflux, among numerous other things.

Safety Features

The bed user and caregiver’s safety have been very much in the forefront of the design of the Freedom Beds. A number of safety features have been built into the design. They are:

  • 12 Volt DC power supply with on board charger and battery power to prevent the risk of shock and loss of operation as a result of power failures
  • Movement sensors and “lock-out” capability to ensure safe positioning.
  • For example the bed cannot be rotated if the head-raising system has elevated the bed-user more than 20° from the horizontal position
  • A unique dynamic side-rail system that moves with the bed as it rotates.
  • This design prevents any pinch or fall hazards to the patient.
  • A stable transfer surface and height adjustment for movement in and out of wheelchairs and lifts
  • Single touch buttons to position the bed user for CPR
  • A single touch override button for bed-users capable of controlling their own positioning

Quality Construction

All components are of the highest quality. All moving parts use stainless steel pins housed in composite mounts that eliminate the need for scheduled maintenance. All fasteners are stainless steel. The bed frame utilizes strong lightweight aluminum and steel sections for long-term structural integrity. All finishes are a baked-on powder coat finish for durability and ease of cleaning.

The headboard and footboard are made of wood for aesthetic purposes and all drive components and mechanisms are totally enclosed in the headboard and footboard to provide excellent soundproofing and to ensure that there is no risk to the user or caregiver. The air-powered torso and leg raising systems are constructed from welded, clinical grade fabric and have undergone exhaustive testing and peer review.

Power Systems

The Freedom Bed™ is powered by a low voltage system (12 V DC) that eliminates the risk of shock to the bed user or their caregiver. The bed’s built-in batteries can power the bed for a number of days to continue repositioning in the event of power failures (the number of days varies depending on the turning schedule). A 12 V “smart charger” system ensures that the batteries are always fully charged. The Freedom Bed™ has CSA, UL544, and FCC approvals for its electrical systems.

Voice Control Option

The Freedom Bed is available with a Voice-Activated Control System, allowing every function of the Freedom Bed to be controlled by voice commands.

Low Operating Costs

The operating costs of the Freedom Bed™ are significantly lower than other options since regular maintenance or replacement of consumables is not required. In addition the use of DC power systems reduces power costs to about 3 to 5 cents per day or an economical $1.00 to $1.50 per month.

Warranty

The high quality construction of the Freedom beds allow us to offer the following warranty:

 

Mechanical and Electrical Components:

3 years

 

Mattress:

2 years

 

 

Warranty does not apply to woodwork, batteries, fuses or to any component which, in ProBed’s opinion, has been misused, altered, neglected or damaged by accident, presence of abnormal conditions of operation or handling.

 

Benefits

 

Benefits for the Bed User

The many features of the Freedom Bed™ provide a number of key benefits to immobilized bed-users such as:

  • The automated turning process allows for more frequent turning to address the multi-system pathophysiological events associated with immobility. Also referred to as kinetic therapy, this turning not only provides pressure relief to prevent or treat bedsores but it can also produce, for example, a dramatic reduction in the incidence of respiratory problems and urinary tract and bladder infections
  • Significantly better quality of sleep since the bed-user does not have to be manually turned during the night and is not woken up by the bed turning. This creates better mental clarity, better health and an improved lifestyle, free from dependence on caregivers during the night
  • The opportunity to live in a home setting instead of an institution
  • Pain reduction
  • The bed can still rotate when the torso is in a raised position up to 20°. This can be added to the Reverse Trendelenberg position if suitable, for a maximum included angle of approximately 30° . A pillow adds more elevation again. This is of significant benefit to people who are tube fed
  • Prevention or reduction of gastro-esophageal reflux
  • Better respiratory health and clearance of upper respiratory and oral secretions
  • Reduction in spasticity and abnormal toneImproved comfort
  • Improved bowel regularity
  • No dehydration and subsequent electrolyte imbalance since the bed creates no heat

Benefits for Home-Based Caregivers

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 Bed™ 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 Bed™ 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

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

Benefits for Institutions Providing Care to Immobilized Patients

There are a number of significant benefits that accrue to institutions as a result of investing in the Freedom Bed™. These include:

  • Increased productivity of nurses and facility support staff by reducing the amount of manual patient turning that is required. This allows staff members to use their time more effectively and productively in the care of their patients
  • An effective way to treat or avoid pressure ulcers and other complications of immobility
  • A method to protect healthcare personnel from debilitating back, neck and shoulder injuries (caused by moving or turning patients) that lead to considerable time off work and the associated costs of sick days, workers compensation claims, and hiring of replacement staff.
  • Reduced Staff Turnover, reduces costs of recruiting, hiring and training, and of using more expensive staff when CNA’s not available
  • Reduction in legal claims against healthcare facilities for bedsore development.

Cost Benefits to the Health Care Industry

For an industry struggling to get its costs under control the Freedom Bed™ offers significant savings by focusing on a strategy of prevention of the problems before they occur. It offers:

  • Substantially reduced direct medical expenditures associated with repeat hospital admissions to treat pressure ulcers and other complications of immobility such as bladder and respiratory infections. It has been found that prevention of bedsores is 2.5 times less expensive than treatment - Oot-Giromini (1989)
  • Support for a de-institutionalizing strategy that allows chronically immobilized patients to be moved from hospitals back to their homes (or to assisted living environments)
  • Avoidance of costly readmissions from bedsores or other systemic complications
  • A method to reduce the length of hospital stay for specific groups of patients. Treating critically ill patients with kinetic therapy has been shown to reduce intensive care stays by 24 percent. The movement helps reduce risk of infection and complications from pneumonia and other respiratory problems that affect about 20 percent of intensive care patients. A study in 1987 that was published in the journal “Stroke” showed that the risk of infection for stroke patients placed on normal hospital beds was 2.9 times greater when compared with a study group of patients placed on rotating beds (Stroke 18, No 3 May-June, 1987).
  • Significantly reduced costs of compensation claims for nursing and support staff injured during repositioning or transferring of immobilized patients. In a study conducted for the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia in 1996 it was found that manual lifting, transfer or repositioning of residents (without assistance from mechanical aides) was responsible for 63% of all back, neck and shoulder injuries.
  • Substantially reduced time lost by nursing and support staff from neck, back and shoulder injuries. Reduces the problems of finding replacement staff.
  • Significantly reduce the number of staff involved in turning patients (particularly during the night). This will reduce costs and allow staff to focus on providing a significantly higher quality of care.


 

Complications of a Mobility

Bed Turning, Pressure/Decubitus Ulcers and More

 

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 and a pressure or decubitus ulcer (i.e. bedsore) begins to form. These occur most commonly on the buttocks, sacrum, hips and heels and can be life-threatening if they become infected.

If that isn’t bad enough there are many other medical complications associated with immobility. These include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Venous stasis
  • Thrombosis
  • Embolism
  • Stone formation
  • Urinary tract infection (kidney and bladder)
  • Muscle wasting
  • Bone demineralization
  • Atelectasis

Decubitus Ulcers (or Bedsores)

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 1.2 million people are suffering from bedsores at any one time in the United States alone and almost 70% of sufferers are over 65. It is reported that there are 60,000 deaths annually from complications arising from bedsores and the current cost to the US Health Care System to treat these and other associated conditions is estimated at anywhere from US$15 - $40 billion annually.

Traditional Methods of Prevention

The traditional way to avoid the formation of bedsores is for a family member, caregiver or institutional employee to regularly turn (it is recommended that this be done every two hours) and stabilize the patient in a new position to relieve tissue compression and re-establish blood flow. This has to be done around the clock and unfortunately this manual process has a considerable number of drawbacks that include:

  1. The immobilized patient is woken up during the night by the turning process
  2. Caregivers, family members or institutional staff can suffer severe back damage from the effort of lifting
  3. Family members need to be in attendance 24 hours per day and this can lead to severe sleep deprivation and severe emotional stress
  4. In institutional settings the need to frequently turn immobilized patients is costly both financially and in terms of employee time
  5. The patient may be in a home environment where the family members are unable to physically provide the necessary regular turning
  6. If support is not available at home then patients may have to be relocated to a facility leading to a loss of privacy, dignity and the inability to create a life apart from institutional living.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When was the Company established and how long has The Freedom Bed™ been available?

Many years of intensive research and development have allowed us to create what we believe is simply the best rotation therapy system for the immobilized sector of the community. The company was established in 1989 and versions of the Freedom Bed™ have been marketed since 1994. The most recent versions of the Freedom Bed™, complete with their unique air-powered head and leg raising feature, have been available (and receiving “rave” reviews) since the spring of 2001. We feel privileged to build and supply this exceptional bed to the immobilized amongst us.

What Are the Medical Benefits of Rotation?

A healthy, mobile person turns several times an hour while sleeping. This movement relieves pressure, stimulates the body, improves circulation, and prevents problems associated with immobility. Immobilized people who are not turned, or rotated, frequently enough are at significant risk of developing pressure ulcers (also known as bed sores), kidney and bladder infections, and pulmonary / respiratory infections, including pneumonia. Any one of these problems associated with immobility can have serious consequences for the person, including death. The Freedom Bed™, through its ability to provide frequent rotation, and complex positioning, addresses these conditions while improving comfort, independence, control, and quality of life.

How Does The Freedom Bed™ Work?

The horizontal surface of the bed (the platform) that supports the mattress is hinged into three longitudinal sections. The user of the bed is positioned on his/her back in the centre of the three-part platform (the sleeping platform).

Freedom Bed tilted left ProBed Freedom Bed Freedom Bed tilted right

As the bed smoothly and quietly rotates to one side the outer section of the three-part platform on the lower side turns up to form a “wing” which supports the body along its entire length from the ankle to the shoulder. Thus the bed-user is carefully cradled by the bed’s structure to prevent sliding and shear forces that can increase the potential of developing bedsores. Any pressure transferred to this side of the user is thus dispersed along the entire frame of the body. The wing on the upper side of the platform lowers during this process to properly balance the entire platform and provide integral strength throughout the structure. As the bed reverses the rotation the lower wing rises as the higher wing lowers so that, at the horizontal position, all three sections of the platform are horizontal. The bed then automatically rotates to the other side to complete the cycle.

How Far Does The Freedom Bed™ Turn You?

The Freedom Bed™ has a 60° range of rotation - 30° left and 30° right- from the horizontal position. Rotation can be programmed to stop at any degree to meet clinical or specific comfort and positioning requirements of the user. The Freedom Bed’s rotation system is a sophisticated mechanical device that ensures accuracy and consistency of turning.

How Long Can You Stay in Any One Position?

The bed can be programmed to stay in any of the positions (left, right or center) for a time period from 1 minute to 4 hours. Each position can have a different time setting, allowing for a totally adjustable schedule to suit the user. For example, the user could move to 20 degrees on the left side for 1 hour, then 30 minutes at center (horizontal), then to the right side to 27 degrees for 2 hours. The schedule would then repeat through the night. You can also set the bed to not stop at a position by setting that time to “0” minutes. This is commonly done by people who do not like, or are not able, to sleep flat on their backs, but prefer to turn from side to side. NOTE: Your medical professional should be consulted to determine the optimal rotation schedule to meet your specific requirements.

How Many Models of The Freedom Bed™ Are Available?

ProBed Medical Technologies Inc. has developed four models of the Freedom Bed™. Each model is built on the foundation of the company’s unique, patented, well-proven lateral rotation system. Enhancements to the basic model include a variable height (High-Low) platform, Trendelenburg positioning and a unique air-powered head and leg elevation system that provides extremely comfortable seating while reducing seating pressure.

 

FEATURE PAR3-A2 PAR3-A3 PAR3-A2F PAR3-A3F PAR3-A3FX
Automatic or Manual Lateral Rotation
Three Sectional Wound Care Mattress
Head and Foot Boards
Dynamic Side Rails
Heavy-Duty Casters
Battery Backup with “Smart” Charger
Air Powered Head and Leg Elevations    
Powered Hi -Lo Elevations  
 
Trendelenburg / Reverse Trendelenburg  
 
Standard Length - 78" Sleeping Surface  
8" Extended Length for Tall Users - 86"        

Note: ProBed offers a longer model (PAR3-A3FX) of the bed for tall persons over 6’1”. Clients with foot drop may also benefit from this model. Contact your representative to discuss if this may be an issue.

Does The Freedom Bed™ Sit Up?

Yes. Models PAR3-A2F and PAR3-A3F come equipped with the head and leg elevation system that allows the user to be in a full-sitting position and in an infinite number of different positions to suit his or her individual needs or preferences.

Does The Freedom Bed™ Have Electric Up and Down?

Yes. Models PAR3-A3 and PAR3-A3F come equipped with a variable height (High-Low) platform that allows the positioning of the platform at any height from 22 inches (wheelchair transfer height) up to 34 inches off the ground (at the level of the top of the mattress). This feature is extremely helpful when moving the user to or from a wheelchair or other item of medical equipment and is, most certainly, of significant benefit to caregivers who can adjust the platform height to provide for comfortable and safe administration of care. It should be noted that approximately 80% of care-giver injuries involve back, neck, and shoulder problems as a result of moving, repositioning or otherwise caring for patients.

Does The Freedom Bed™ offer Trendelenburg and/or Reverse Trendelenburg?

Yes it does. Models PAR3-A3, PAR3-A3F, and PAR3-A3FX offer Trendelenburg positioning. This position results when the entire bed platform is “tilted” along a level plane with the foot end being raised higher than the head end. Reverse Trendelenburg results when the entire bed is ”tilted” along a level plane with the head end raised higher than the foot end. There are numerous medical reasons for requiring Trendelenburg and/or Reverse Trendelenburg positioning and such requirements should be discussed with your medical professional. The turning function of the bed is not affected by the angle of Trendelenburg or Reverse Trendelenburg selected.

Does The Freedom Bed™ Have Side Rails?

The Freedom Bed™ comes equipped with “dynamic side-rails”. We call them “dynamic” because they move in unison with the rotational platform to provide an extra level of comfort and safety. Recognizing that many users of the Freedom Bed™ spend many extra hours in bed, the rails have been designed to provide an optimum viewing area around the user and to minimize any feelings of containment. Transparent side rail covers made of clear, tough lexan provide added safety and protection, while allowing clear visibility.

Does The Freedom Bed™ have Battery Back-Up?

Yes. In fact, the Freedom Bed™ runs on a 12-volt DC system that is “topped-up” as required by an automatic smart charge system to ensure that the batteries are always fully charged. With many Freedom Beds being used in residential situations, where emergency power is not usually available, users, care-givers and family members can all get a good night’s sleep knowing that the Freedom Bed™ will operate seamlessly in the event of power disruptions, black-outs, brown-outs etc. This low voltage system also has the added benefits of patient / care-giver safety and substantially reduced operating costs.

Is The Freedom Bed™ Quiet?

The Freedom Bed™ has been designed with the user in mind and can best be described as “whisper quiet” when turning. Rotation is also exceptionally smooth allowing users to sleep through rotations and throughout the night providing them with a “good night’s sleep”. Some operational noise associated with the air-powered head and leg elevating system is noticeable, but this is minimized as much as possible with insulation.

Is The Freedom Bed™ a Mattress Only or a Complete Bed?

The Freedom Bed™ is the only completely integrated mechanical full bed turning system on the market today. It provides many years of safe, comfortable and reliable service to users. Its unique mechanical rotation system is contained within the framework of the bed. It is important to note that, unlike air mattress systems where replacement is a major capital expense, replacement of the Freedom Bed™ mattress, in the event that this is required in the future, is an inexpensive consideration.

What Kind of Mattress Does The Freedom Bed™ Have?

The Freedom Bed™ comes equipped with a high quality, three section, multi density foam mattress, which is hinged longitudinally to follow the contours of the bed. It has a pocket on the head end, which should be slid over the reaction board in the center of the bed. This will keep the mattress in its preferred position while the bed is in motion.

Each of the three sections of the mattress has its own zipper. This allows the removal of the foam for laundering the cover if required. It also allows the changing of a foam section to suit a specific requirement. Note that while the rotation provides very good pressure relief, the bed can be used with specialty foams, gel pads, Roho type inserts etc. if the client requires a custom surface. Contact your ProBed representative to determine what customization is available to meet your specific requirements.

The latest mattress design incorporates three densities of foam laminated together with 2” of visco-elastic foam on top, providing increased levels of pressure distribution and comfort. Visco-elastic foam was originally developed at NASA in an effort to relieve astronauts of the incredible g-forces experienced during lift-off. The cellular structure of visco-elastic foam is completely different. It's made up of billions of high-density spherical memory cells that are very durable and temperature sensitive. The cells in contact with the warm areas of the body will literally soften, shift position and reorganize to conform to body contours.

The foam sections are covered by a medical grade polyurethane coated polyester stretchable wound care fabric. This is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, fluid resistant and vapor permeable material that is fire retardant and meets CAL 117 and other specifications for fire retardancy.

The Freedom Bed institutional mattress has also been tested and complies with California TB129 Flammability Test for Mattresses for use in Public Buildings. There is no extra charge for this mattress, but please let us know if your application will be in a public building, thus requiring this certification.

Can The Freedom Bed™ Be Operated Automatically?

Yes. In fact one of the compelling reasons for using the Freedom Bed™ is its user-friendly programming system that ensures extremely reliable and comfortable automatic rotation for the user and restful nights for family members and care-givers. Easy to follow programming instructions are included in the Users Manual that comes with each Freedom Bed™.

It should be noted that the training session that takes place upon the delivery of each new Freedom Bed™ provides ample opportunity for family members, care-givers and, if appropriate, users, to become fully acquainted and comfortable with programming and the full range of functions to be found on the Freedom Bed™. The automatic rotation program is simple to activate with the push of a single button.

Can The User Control the Operations of The Freedom Bed™?

Depending on the user’s personal circumstances he or she may be able to have full, or partial, control over the many functions of the Freedom Bed™. The company presently offers a hand-held wand for those with full manual dexterity and an override button for those with some movement capability.

The company also offers a “Voice Activation” system to give full control. Please refer back to our web-site from time to time for more information on new products and enhancements to our range of Freedom Beds.

How Big/Heavy is The Freedom Bed™?

The following chart lists sizes and weights are for each model of the bed. Weights include mattress and woodwork.

DESCRIPTION PAR3-A2 PAR3-A2F PAR3-A3 PAR3-A3F PAR3-A3FX
Weight including mattress 250 lbs
(113 kg)
275 lbs
(125 kg)
350 lbs
(159 kg)
375 lbs
(170 kg)
410 lbs
(186 kg)
Length - Overall 90.5"
(2.3m)
90.5"
(2.3m)
96"
(2.4m)
96"
(2.4m)
104"
(2.6m)
Length - Mattress 78"
(1.98m)
78"
(1.98m)
78"
(1.98m)
78"
(1.98m)
86"
(2.18m)
Width - Overall 41.25"
(1.05m)
41.25"
(1.05m)
41.25"
(1.05m)
41.25"
(1.05m)
41.25"
(1.05m)
Width - Mattress 38"
(0.97m)
38"
(0.97m)
38"
(0.97m)
38"
(0.97m)
38"
(0.97m)
*Extra Length Option Add 8 inches to all length measurements.

 

Is it easy to install The Freedom Bed™ in a house / apartment / trailer?

No problem at all. The bed is designed to be easily disassembled to allow it to be moved up stairs and elevators, and along hallways without problem. Also, the weight is much lower than many specialty beds, so no extra work to floors or doorways is required.

ProBed also offers a 'Bed Delivery Wheel Kit' that assists in delivery, installation, and moving of beds without having to lift. The kit consists of a set of 2 wheels that bolt to the side of the bed, one at each end. The bed can then be turned on its side and rolled easily through any standard width door or hallway.

For What Medical Conditions is The Freedom Bed™ Recommended?

The clinically proven Freedom Bed™ is recommended for persons suffering from temporary or permanent immobility resulting from:

  • Spinal cord injuries causing paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and stroke
  • Severe respiratory ailments such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Immobility due to aging
  • Cancer
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • AIDS
  • Coma
  • Amputations
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Degenerative disk disease, post-spinal fusion and laminectomy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease)
  • Any other condition where turning assistance is required.

NOTE: The Freedom Bed™ is suitable for persons who are tube fed and/or on ventilators, where they require constant head elevation up to 30°. The bed has a safety feature which prevents rotation when the head is elevated above this angle.

Where are Freedom Beds Used?

Most Freedom Beds are used in residential settings. The reason is that the Freedom Bed’s unique rotation system permits many people to live at home rather than in nursing homes or care facilities, as it solves a care-giving function that is too difficult for many family members due to age, physical strength or their own infirmity. It allows families to remain together and provides for the user and all family members to get a good, uninterrupted, night’s sleep which is a solid foundation for good health for all concerned.

Freedom Bed™ is also designed to be used in extended care facilities and hospitals where it is seen as a benefit to nursing and support staff, in that it reduces the incidence of back injuries caused by turning or repositioning and allows them more time to carry out other necessary and important patient care procedures.

Who Should Not Use The Freedom Bed™ - Contra-indications?

Certain people may have difficulty using an automatic turning bed of this nature. Issues of concern are:

  • Persons with unstable spinal fractures.
  • Persons with significant involuntary spasms.
  • Persons with severe scoliosis. A user must be able to lie in a partial back lying position.
  • Persons weighing in excess of 350 pounds. There are practical limitations on the beds ability to practically rotate larger individuals. Please contact ProBed for further clarification if this might be an issue for you.

What is the support capability of the bed?

The bed is rated to support a person weighing up to 400 lbs. However, there are practical limitations on the beds abil

Costs Vs. Benefits

There are many methods of analyzing the cost effectiveness of the Freedom Bed™.

The direct costs of caring for an otherwise healthy immobilized person are considerable. When that person develops complications of immobility such as pressure ulcers, bladder infections or pneumonia, the costs will rise substantially.

Costs of Bed Sores:

The approximate daily treatment costs for pressure ulcers in US hospitals range from $39 per day for a stage I ulcer to $811 per day for a stage IV ulcer. Stage IV ulcers can take up to 90 days to heal, leading to a total treatment cost of as much as $73,000 per occurrence. Under these circumstances the purchase price of a Freedom Bed™ would be recouped in as little as 30 days. The repayment period is even shorter when the regular hospitalization costs of the patient are factored in. Thus the prevention of bedsores and other complications of immobility such as pneumonia (which can cost up to $40,000 per occurrence to treat) in home-based individuals who would require hospitalization is one key method of considering savings to be realized.

Reducing costs, optimizing staff utilization and providing a high level of care are critical in the home, hospital and the nursing home environments given the extremely high costs of the specific care mentioned above. The purchase of a Freedom Bed™ can also be rationalized on the basis of the bed’s ability to reduce the time associated with the manual turning of immobilized people. An analysis of the daily and annualized costs of using a programmable Freedom Bed™ to turn a bed-fast person (requiring turning every two hours) versus the traditional method of using one or two nurses/support staff in conjunction with a conventional hospital bed, is shown at the bottom of the page.

It is clear from the data that the Freedom Bed™ is cost-effective even when only one institutional employee is used to turn a single patient every two hours, as the daily cost of so doing ($13 US) can be equivalent to the daily lease rate for a Freedom Bed™. This price comparison is drawn before additional benefits such as fewer back injuries, less sick time, reduced workers’ compensation claims and less patient treatment costs are factored into the potential cost savings.

Home Care:

Substantial financial savings will also be enjoyed in home care situations as, in many cases, the use of the Freedom Bed™ means that live-in nighttime caregivers will either not be required, or the hours can be significantly reduced. The cost of nighttime caregivers varies dramatically by geographical area as do the rules pertaining to facilities you need to provide for them. This also varies depending on whether you use an agency or hire independently.

Our experience, backed up by independent cost analysis, shows that, depending on the specific needs of the user, the costs of an 8 hour nighttime turning shift often exceeds $50,000 per year. This means that our top of the line Freedom Bed™ has paid for itself in less than 6 months.

In one example, we had a heavy individual who required two people to turn him at night in a home care setting. The agency charged $20 per hour per person. The occupational therapist calculated that the Freedom Bed™ would pay for itself in less than three months and the bed would save the insurance company $117,000 for every year that this person used the bed.

Recent advances in health-care and state-of-the-art medications mean that people living with varying types of immobility may, in many cases, live a full life span requiring them to be turned every night for decades. The Freedom Bed™ meets the challenges of long-term care as it has been designed specifically to provide many years of trouble-free, safe and comfortable service to the user. It is not hard to deduce from this that the Freedom Bed™ may well save several hundreds of thousands of dollars over its life span.

Additional Savings by Eliminating Manual Turning of Patients:

Fewer Back Injuries:

  • Fewer sick days
  • Reduced workers compensation claims
  • Reduced cost of hiring replacement staff

Reduced Staff Turnover (National average turnover rate for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) = 49% annually):

  • Decreased costs of recruiting, hiring and training
  • Reduced cost of overtime and/or contract labour
  • Reduced cost of using more expensive staff when CNAs not available

Increased Patient Health:

  • Reduced risk of pressure ulcers and bladder and respiratory infections through more consistent turning
  • Less intervention - patients are more comfortable and sleep better
  • Reduced risk of patient injury

Comparative Costs vs. Alternatives

This document compares the cost of a Freedom Bed in relation to other alternatives: Skin Flap Surgery, Pneumonia, and Personal Attendant.

Freedom Bed - Return on Investment (ROI)

This document analyzes the financial return from using a Freedom Bed and shows how a $800,000 savings and 700% ROI is possible.

Pain Reduction, Bedsore Prevention, & Improved Sleep (Clinical Trial Report)

The University of North Dakota's College of Nursing completed a clinical trial of the Freedom Bed™ that was subsequently published in the journal Orthopaedic Nursing (July/August 1999 volume 18 No. 4). A copy of this clinical trial is available from ProBed upon request. The trial demonstrated that the Freedom Bed™ was very effective on patients with numerous medical conditions related to immobility.

Reported Benefits

The lateral rotation capability of the bed provided patients in the trial with the following reported benefits:

  • Reduction in levels of pain
  • Prevention of bedsore formation
  • Reduction in the occurrence of bladder and respiratory infections
  • Increased quality of sleep since not woken up by caregivers to turn them

View the Clinical Trial Abstract

View the full Clinical Trial

 

Guidelines for Writing a Letter of Medical Necessity to Support the Purchase of the Freedom Bed

A letter of medical necessity in many cases can be critical in having an insurance company, government agency, or other funding source reimburse the purchase of a Freedom Bed™ for you, your client, or your family member. In many cases funding agencies may opt for a substitute unless a strong case can be made for medical benefits of the Freedom Bed™.

We've found in the past that a successful letter / prescription from a health care professional has the following components:

  • A clear description of the patient's condition that is causing the immobility and which prevents them from physically turning themselves.
  • A description of the clinical problems that the patient has experienced, is experiencing, or could experience if something wasn't done to alleviate their situation. This would include such things as pressure ulcers, bladder and respiratory infections or severe sleep deprivation from being manually turned during the night to prevent pressure ulcer formation. It can also be very useful to describe any problems (such as a respiratory infection or pressure ulcer) that the person has experienced and which required more intensive hospital care. Try and describe what the medical condition was and how long it took to solve the condition. The key is to demonstrate that the product is Medically Necessary.
  • Describe the technology that you want to have funded and explain how you expect that technology to solve some or all of the clinical problems that you have described above.
  • Be very specific about the equipment you want. Provide catalog / model numbers, accessories required, vendor's contact information, etc. If you don't do this then you might find that the funding agency will try and substitute a  less expensive (and most-times inferior) product.
  • If you can provide any estimate of how use of the product will save money, directly or indirectly by preventing illness, diseases, turning labour etc. indicate these as well.

If the healthcare professional(s) covers these areas then the chance of success is very high. Having this from a variety of sources is also beneficial (such as a prescription from an M.D. and a good letter from a case manager, therapist, or social worker. Please contact ProBed if you need additional assistance in this regard.


Sample Letter of Medical Necessity (#1)

Following is a Sample Letter of Medical Necessity, an actual letter with names changed and other required products removed:

To Whom It May Concern:

Mr. Smith is a right-handed 36-year old male with a diagnosis of C6 motor and C4 sensory spinal cord injury. He is having problems with the ability to control essential electrical devices while in bed and has skin issues related to his inability to turn himself while in bed. We are requesting devices to provide increased independence with these problem areas.

On physical examination this patient presents with severe quadriplegia and right arm function that is limited to gross movements of pushing on objects with a closed hand with light force. He has experienced progressive weakness of his right wrist since October, 2001, and has no right wrist extension at this time. When sitting upright he is able to marginally and slowly (but effectively) operate an adapted remote control, a computer trackball, and selects single keys on the computer keyboard.

Mr. Smith works full-time and is quite active in his community. He lives in a single story accessible home and has 3 hours of paid caregiver assistance in the mornings only. He depends on a family member to help him to bed in the evening and then is unattended until morning. A cousin lives in a room at the opposite end of the house and is available on an occasional basis.

Mr. Smith reports significant erythema at both lateral hip areas that takes 3-4 hours to dissipate due to the inability to provide effective pressure relief. He currently has a bed overlay that is no longer sufficient to provide necessary skin protection without additional caregiver support.

Because of the above, we are recommending the following devices for this patient who is expected to function well for the long term. Mr. Smith has thoroughly reviewed these and alternate options. He is highly motivated for independence and has the technical skills to ensure the requested devices will be used to their intended potential. He has remained as independent as possible and we feel these appliances will assist him in maintaining adequate independence.

  1. The Freedom Bed™ (PAR3-A3F), a programmable, automatic, laterally rotating bed, This device is necessary to provide independent rotation at night while in bed to decrease hip and rib erythema, increase patient independence, and reduce caregiver needs. The unique capabilities of the Freedom Bed™ are not found in any other beds currently on the market.                          

 

Signed,  

 

and,

 

 


 


John Doe, MD

 

Bob Jones, Occupational Therapist

 


Sample Letter of Medical Necessity (#2)

 

Freedom Bed - Partial Customer List

  • AIG Insurance  (American International Group Inc.)  
  • American Interstate Insurance  
  • Amerisafe Insurance  
  • Arizona State Compensation Insurance Fund  
  • BC Public Trustee  
  • CCS  California Childrens Services  
  • Chubb Insurance  
  • Citizens Insurance  
  • Community Fund Raiser for Iraq Veteran  
  • Community Living Restructuring Fund (BC)  
  • Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company   
  • ICBC - Insurance Corporation of BC  Lions Society  
  • LWCC  - Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation   
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio    
  • Michigan Auto Insurance  
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association   
  • Pinnacle Risk Management Services Inc.  
  • PMSI  - Pharmerica   Premier Health System 
  • Private Trusts - Numerous  
  • Province of British Columbia - various programs   
  • St. Mary’s on the Lake Hospital  
  • St. Paul Travelers Insurance   
  • St. Peters Hospital  
  • State Farm Insurance  
  • State of Louisiana Office of Risk Management  
  • Tech Health Inc.    
  • TRC - Texas Rehab Commission  
  • Tri -Care (Military)   
  • Uniform Medical Insurance    
  • United Healthcare  /  GE Medical Claims Center 
  • US Medicaid - Various States  
  • Veterans Affairs - US 
  • Virginia Birth Related Neurological Injury Program  
  • Zurich Insurance Company 

 

Freedom Bed Case Studies and Articles

  • New Technologies are helping us sleep sounder and safer
    Reprint of an article from New Mobility that talks about new bed technologies, including ProBed's Freedom Bed.
  • A Good Night's Sleep - A case history of a 17-year old brain injury victim and his success with the ProBed Freedom Bed. 
    Read the full case study >>
  • The Rational for Recommending the Freedom Bed™ For Our Client 
    Our client needed a new bed and positional system. She had a severe brain injury as a result of a near-drowning accident. Her current system, a standard hospital bed with a pressure-reduction mattress, was not meeting her needs. . .
    Read the full case study >>

 

Related Articles

  • Pressure Ulcers in Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury: 
    A Retrospective Study
  • Pressure ulcers are a major complication of spinal cord injury (SCI) and have a significant effect on general health and quality of life. The objectives of this retrospective chart review were to determine prevalence, duration, and severity of pressure ulcers in veterans with SCI and to identify predictors of (1) outcome in terms of healing without surgery, not healing, or referral for surgery; (2) number of visits veterans made to the SCI outpatient clinic or received from home care services for pressure ulcer treatment; and (3) number of hospital admissions and days hospitalized for pressure ulcer treatment.
    Read the full study>>

  • Spinal Cord Injury Patients Often Succumb to Bed Sores
    Christopher Reeve dedicated his final years to promoting cutting-edge research in paralysis, including stem cells and experiments aimed at regenerating the spinal cord. In the end, though, the star who portrayed the Man of Steel succumbed, like so many people with spinal cord injuries, to an age-old problem: an infected bed sore.
    Read the full article as published in USA Today>>
  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Clinical Practice Guideline for Health-Care Professionals
    Pressure ulcers are a frequent, costly, and potentially life-threatening complication of spinal cord injury (SCI). They interfere with the rehabilitation process and are a significant deterrent to participation in activities that contribute to independent, productive, and satisfying lives. The purpose of this clinical practice guideline is to describe effective strategies for identifying risk and reducing the incidence, prevalence, and recurrence of this lifelong complication of SCI.
    Read the full article>>
  • Preventing pressure ulcers in your facility
  • Karen S. Clay, RN, BSN, CWCN, presents a primer on how to protect frail residents and avoid costly reprimands.

    Read the full article>>

  • Bedsores Cost Billions, Defy Easy Treatment
  • Painful bedsores or pressure ulcers cost billions of dollars to treat each year, but little is known how to prevent them, Canadian researchers say.
    Read full article (reprinted from CBC.ca news)>>

Demonstration Video of the Freedom Bed

 

This video shows the Freedom Bed from different angles and in a range of different programmed movements.

For more effective viewing, all bed movements are shown at four times (4X) actual speed.

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Freedom Bed a "Real Blessing" for Quadriplegic and Family

To ProBed:

We are Wilfred and Elaine Gauthier and we purchased a Freedom Bed for our 41-year old son Curt. Curt has Cerebral Palsy, and is quadriplegic.

Until the day that we got our bed, we had to turn Curt physically, a minimum of six or eight times each night. (Curt is a big guy, around 195 lbs).

One day, our son's Case Manager came to do a house visit, and showed us some literature on the Freedom Turning Bed. We didn't know there was anything on the market to do such a thing.

I called ProBed and talked with Mr. Stephen Plummer, and he gave me loads of information about the bed. Steve was very informative and cooperative.

Eventually, we purchased a bed, and it was delivered around the end of September in 2006. I know it was a Friday. There was a team of men at our house for most of the weekend.

The men stayed at a local hotel, and no one left until everything was working right. They did everything to assure that our son was comfortable in his new bed. These guys were at our home when my son got ready for his bed and they came to our home in the morning to be sure that he slept comfortably.

One of the men stayed until Monday morning. "How's that for service!!!"

Our son slept through the night on the first night, only awakening when the bed turned because it was new to him. We never have been called from him to be turned since that night. We still have to do his itches, etc. but that Freedom Bed is a blessing for all of us.

The bed is quiet, good looking, very well built, and dependable. It even has a battery backup in case the power goes out.

If I have any questions about the bed, all I have to do is call the company and they have people that can talk through a fix or a computer adjustment.

Congratulations ProBed on making a fine product, one that has made life a lot easier for the three of us.

Wilfred, Elaine, and Curt Gauthier
376 Park Street, 
Gardner, MA 01440


 

 

A Charge Nurse’s Comments on the Impact of the Kinetic Therapy Lateral Turning Freedom Bed™ on a Resident’s State of Health

A Long Term Care Facility near Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Patient Background

On February 11, 2004, the resident, who is 92, began his therapy in the Freedom Bed. The resident had several ailments: Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Stage Four Pressure Ulcer on the Coccyx, Respiratory Ailment causing choking, requiring constant suctioning and Fed through a “G” Tube. The later two ailments required the head gatch to be raised to between 30˚ to 35˚.

The resident was also in a semi-fetal position with his legs raised towards his chest (as if in a seated position) requiring pillows to support them. The resident was non-communicative, nervous, tense, poor disposition and in pain.

Today

As of April 11, 2004, the stage four pressure ulcer is continuing to heal (see latest data below) and will be reclassified to a stage three. The charge nurse feels that at the current rate of recovery, by early June the resident may be able to get out of bed and into a wheel chair for a few hours per day.

The resident is no longer in a semi-fetal position but completely relaxed and stretched out in the bed. The resident sleeps very comfortably, is calm, quite talkative and no longer in pain.

The respiratory ailment has improved greatly, with the lungs now clear but still some mucous in the bronchial tubes. During the day the resident is able to clear the sputum himself. At night while asleep suctioning is occasionally required.
The resident is now able to and interested in eating some solid food and his weight has gone up by 2kg in the last month.

The bed is still programmed to automatically laterally turn the patient to 20˚ every 20 minutes.

The nurse now refers to the bed as “The Miracle Bed”.

Ulcer Data

Date April 2/04 April 7/04 April 15/04
Size (cm) 2.5 x 3.5 2.3 x 2.8 2.0 x 2.6
Depth (cm) 2 1.5 1.2
Tunneling (cm) .2 .1 .1

 


 

Long Road to New Home

Army Sgt. Joel Gomez, 24, has been in and out of hospitals since the Wheaton community began a quest to build him a home nearly a year ago, shortly after he was paralyzed in Iraq, to replace the small Wheaton apartment in which his family was living. He battled pneumonia, bed sores, infections, surgeries, fear of death and loss of hope at various points in those months.

Read more about his story and the role ProBed's Freedom Bed had in restoring restore some of the normalcy he enjoyed before being paralyzed from the neck down in Iraq.


 

Pain-Free Sleep for Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy Patient

Dear Steve,

The Freedom Bed from ProBed Medical Technologies Inc. is one of the most important products I’ve needed to preserve and enhance my quality of life.

My condition of Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy caused me over 20 years of progressively interrupted sleep. It not only affected me, but all my professional caregivers and family, as they had to turn me. Over these many years I’ve tried every kind of overlay, alternating air, and dry floatation mattress, but nothing ever worked, until the Freedom Bed.

The bed works so well for me because of the flexibility with the turning schedule and degree of turn programming. Once we determined the perfect positions and timing, all the pain caused by pressure ended. My sleep interruptions dropped from every 1-½ hours to less than twice in a twelve-hour period. The time it took for each interruption also dropped from 5 minutes down to a maximum of 2 due to less adjustments of my body.

Before the Freedom Bed I dreaded having to go to bed and endure the nightly chore of attempting sleep. Now I actually enjoy getting a full night of pain free rest to have energy to take on the day.

The Freedom Bed should be honored with an award for excellence in design, quality of workmanship, exemplary service, and a comfortable sleep. Thank you Steve and the ProBed team for providing me one of the most important pieces of equipment to sustain my health and well-being.

Sincerely yours,

Allan

P.S. I should also mention I’m ventilator-dependent and have not experienced any interference with the hoses and turning.


 

 

Vastly Improved Health for 11-year old Quad

Dear Pro-Bed (Tony Da Costa),

I'm writing to tell you how your wonderful Freedom Bed has improved our lives. Ryan hasn't had pneumonia in 18 months and no new pressure sores. His skin is healthy and he is comfortable. His lungs are clear and he and he now has enough strength to blow out a candle.

As an 11-year-old Quad with a rare disorder and multiple past surgeries, Ryan was either getting sick, or getting over being sick but his Freedom Bed changed all that. His doctors are, of course, pleased, and I must say that they are also quite impressed at the difference Ryan's bed has made in his health in the 18 months he has had it.

The quality of this bed is also remarkable it hasn't needed any service or repair and is easy to operate. And I also like how it looks in his bedroom - no "Institutional Look" here! Thank you so much! We would recommend the Freedom Bed to anyone!

Gratefully,

Amy Post (Mother)


 

 

Freedom Bed Endorsed by Quadriplegic Veteran

Hello my name is Matt and I am a C-4, 5 quadriplegic complete spinal cord injury. I have used the Turn-Q mattress previously before the ProBed. I love the ProBed way more than the Turn-Q mattress. I also feel safer knowing that I have a two-day battery backup.

I am able to control the ProBed with voice commands that are connected to a separate unit. In the old bed once the cycle had started turning, I was stuck in the cycle and could not change it on my own. Now I have more independence; being able to make the bed move with my voice commands. If I am uncomfortable, I can change the way I am positioned at any time. I have a drinking system that is set up on the left side of my bed. In the old bed I had to be awake and catch the straw for water when I was hopefully facing the left side. Now I can just make the bed turn to the left side.

There is not an air motor running all the time, although the computer part of the voice activation system does have a motor. Motors make noise which can keep you awake at night. The computers motor is much quieter than the old Turn Q mattresses air motor. If the power goes out on the Freedom Bed, I do not have to worry about the mattress deflating, like with the old air mattress. I can remember during thunderstorms praying for the power not to go out, because if it did that would mean that I would be laying on a hard springy surface. With the ProBed, the mattress will never lose air, because there is none to lose. With the ProBed I can easily have my caregiver change how long I stay on one side, as well as how much the bed will tilt degree wise. A few degrees may not seem like a lot, but when you are a spinal cord injury patient one degree makes a big difference. It is the same as people without injuries having a preference with how firm their mattress is.

Having a bed that turns you all night long while you are asleep is essentially doing the same thing that the human body does naturally while sleeping for a non- injured person. Pressure is relieved and no sores are developed. Having the ability to raise the head to lower blood pressure comes in handy. As does the ability to raise the blood pressure or to rid the lower extremities of edema by raising the feet of the bed.

Now the Trendelenburg feature of this bed is like icing on the cake. This feature comes in handy by allowing the body to be positioned even better. Pneumonia is the biggest fear of most quadriplegics. Having the ability to put my head way lower, allows my lungs to drain. Since I do not have the lower lung ability to do it myself. Abracadabra, the ProBed does one more thing.

There are numerous advantages to having the ProBed. The fact that it uses 12V motors for the most part of the mechanical operations. This bed will last longer than me. That means I do not have to (bleep) around with the VA or insurance companies every five years trying to get a bed replaced.

One of my favourite non-medical features of the bed is the wood grain finish. It makes me feel like I am sleeping in an actual bed, instead of feeling like I live in a hospital 24 hours a day 365 days a year. I really do enjoy that! My caregivers like the fact that the bed can be raised or lowered for the tallest caregiver or the smallest one. Since no two people are the same why would you have one fixed level for a bed that multiple caregivers will use throughout your lifetime? So this keeps your caregiver's backs from going out.

I have used many different mattresses and beds in the five years since my entry into the world of disabilities. By far, this bed is the best bed for both the patient and his or her caregivers. If there was another bed better than this I would be writing for them not ProBed. But the ProBed is the best bed on the market. Trust me I know because I looked for a month every day all day.

There is nothing else out there!

Sincerely,

Matthew Robert Lemke (Veteran)


 

 

Improved Health and Better Sleep

In the 7th grade, I had surgery that left me unable to roll at night by myself. When you don't roll at night, sores develop on the body and other problems such as respiratory difficulty developed. My parents would wake up on average 4 times per night to roll me over, but even then the weight of my own body created sores and pain. I would wake up congested and aching.

For six years this went on. I tried many different beds; glorified air mattresses, water beds, more air mattresses, padding, and yet more gargantuan air mattresses that were meant not only to relieve pressure on my body but to turn me over at night. They not only lacked effectiveness in turning my body over, but also in relieving pressure and helping with my respiratory problems. It was then my family learned of the Freedom Bed™, by ProBed Medical.

I tried the Freedom Bed™ at someone else's home and immediately a smile rose to my face. I was able to independently control if I wanted to roll over or not, and my whole body DID turn. Upon actually getting the bed and using it, my morning respiratory difficulty cleared up immediately. The pain in my body was alleviated and the sores went away.

The features that this bed had was that it was a solid frame that was moving and could be automatically set or controlled via a single button. An air mattress would not work for a man of my size- the air sides would inflate and deflate on either side without even affecting me. With the Freedom bed's solid frame moving, you DO roll over when you want to and what side you choose. This is another feature that other beds don't have. The results were improved health and better sleep for my parents and I. The Freedom Bed™ is something I would recommend to anyone.

Sincerely,

Dan Hebert

College Student (Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II)

The bed has been wonderful, and has made a few trips already between New York and New Hampshire, as Dan goes back and forth to college. I wanted him to write the letter-not us, but needless to say, we love it as much as he does!!

Thank you,

Wanda Hebert (mother)


 

Smooth Quiet Operation leads to Undisturbed Sleep

Dear Jack,

I wanted to let you and Steve know how very much we value and appreciate Chad’s new bed. It is quite remarkable how we were able to determine that Chad sleeps best when he is turned every 20 minutes, and we were able to program his bed to do just that. Also, the remote switch that you have included is very helpful to Chad, so that when he gets a cramp, he can initiate an extra turn himself.

As you know, we had tried the computerized low air-loss mattress systems, during Chad’s many visits to the two major hospitals in Orlando. Although they “turned” him on a set interval, the surface made him sink into the side to which he was turning and pinned his arm in the soft part of the mattress. Chad has very poor circulation and with his inability to move his arm out of the way, his arm would turn purple, due to the pressure. With the firm and segmented surface of the Freedom Bed™, that isn’t a problem. Also, the noise that the motor in the air-loss beds made whenever he turned or we had to inflate or deflate the mattress was a constant source of irritation to Chad. The air-loss mattress systems also would not have been appropriate for use in our home as we often experience power surges and outages that would have interfered with the continuity of the bed’s operation. Chad’s sleep patterns, such as they are in the best of circumstances are highly irregular and he is easily disturbed. The smooth, quiet operation of your bed and the extra remote control also add to make extended, undisturbed sleep more possible.

As I told you before, we would be most pleased to share our extremely positive experience with the Freedom Bed™ with anyone who would be interested in observing how easy it is to program and operate and how comfortable it is to use. Thanks again for making such a wonderfully thoughtful product.

Respectfully,

Rich, Pam, & Chad Rosenberg,

Orlando, Florida


 

Quadriplegic Regains Privacy, Bed Pays for Itself in Two Years

Dear Steve:

I have been sleeping in your pro bed for over a year now, and I have to tell you that it's lived up to all our expectations.

As a quadriplegic, I have to be turned from one side to the other several times each night to avoid skin ulcers or pressure sores. We thought we'd need someone in the house overnight to turn me at the appropriate times. This would not only be expensive but also an invasion of our privacy beyond what we were willing to tolerate. When we learned about your bed, we knew this was the answer - if it actually worked. But we took a leap of faith and invested our own money in what we felt was an expensive piece of equipment. Let me tell you that it was one of the best investments we have made relative to my needs. The bed has performed its turning function flawlessly. Neither my wife or I are aware of movement during the night, and (touch wood) I have had no skin problems since leaving hospital fourteen months ago. From a financial perspective, the bed will have paid for itself within two years.

My attendants find the bed, with its tilting, rolling and vertical lift functions, helpful in getting up in the morning and back into at night. When the gatches are added, allowing me to sit up and read or whatever, we will be even happier with your product.

Just in case you want someone other than yourself to read this, let me state unequivocally that I offer to put my feelings on this bed in writing, without any kind of suggestion from you that I should do it. Further to this, I would be pleased to speak with anyone who might be contemplating purchasing the pro bed.

Thank you for your assistance last evening, which leads me to make one more statement: that you and your colleagues have been unfailingly courteous and helpful.

Sincerely,

Ed Smith


Best Investment to Enhance Life

Dear Peter:

We purchased a Freedom Bed™ from you in 1996. This letter is to report that it has been operating flawlessly since then. Only recently, have we even had to change the batteries!

I know that you have many satisfied customers. However, you may wish to hear from us because we have had the Freedom Bed™ in constant use for such a long period of time.

Our daughter, Jennifer, who is now 10 years old, has been using the Freedom Bed™ since she was five years old. Because she is unable to turn on her own, the Freedom Bed™ has given us many nights of sleep free from interruption from turning.

Sometimes we take the Freedom Bed™ for granted. But we are quickly reminded of its value when we travel anywhere overnight with our daughter.

I can confidently say that the Freedom Bed™ has been one of the best investments we have made to enhance our life. A further bonus is that it requires little or no maintenance and any maintenance that is required is well supported by your firm.

We can heartily recommend your product to others in similar situations and would be happy to take any calls to confirm that.

Yours truly,

Geoffrey Gudewill


Relieves Family Burden of Constant Turning, Improves Sleep

My name is Steven Boren, I am 24 years old.

About nine years ago, I was involved in a bicycle accident in which I suffered a broken neck. This caused severe paralysis, rendering me a quadriplegic. I was 15 years old at the time and was told that my chances for recovering normal use of my limbs was very unlikely.

My injury occurred in Trail, British Columbia, a small city which lacked the facilities I needed for rehabilitation, I was moved to Vancouver and eventually enrolled in the G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre. At G. F. Strong, I learned the skills I would need to get on with my life, including the use of a powered wheelchair, basic skills such as feeding myself; getting in and out of bed and as well as other abilities that had to be learned.

I had no intention of being institutionalized, or of depending on others unduly for my care. I saw that the most feasible way of accomplishing this was through higher education and the use of state of the art technical aids.

One of the most difficult problems I encountered as a result of my paralysis was my inability to move while sleeping. I therefore had to be turned manually by nurses every two hours to avoid pressure sores, lower G.I. Infections and other complications. At the time, my mother was assisting in my recovery and during weekend visits home, she was responsible for my care. We quickly discovered that the biggest problem in my returning home was that her sleep would also be disturbed since she would have to awaken and turn me every two hours.

In February 1980, I learned that G. F. Strong was testing a new type of bed. Several other patients and I inquired as to its suitability for my particular situation. This led to my own trial period with the ProBed Home Care unit. I quickly discovered that being turned by this bed was far better than being turned manually. It was possible now for me, and my mother, to get a good night's sleep.

Subsequently, I was discharged from G. F. Strong centre and moved back to my home town of Trail where I continued use of the ProBed. I completed my remaining three years of high school and went on to Selkirk College for the first year of a university transfer program. During these four years of education I was required to maintain a stringent schedule to get to school and do all my work as well as cope with all the other issues of being a quadriplegic. The ProBed was an indispensable asset through this time, since I was able to get the restful sleep I needed to accomplish my goals. I also meant that I didn't have to burden my family with the responsibility of tuning me every two hours throughout the night.

During my post secondary education and my experience of adjustment to my condition in returning to Vancouver, the ProBed has continued to prove a key element in letting me have an independent living status [a condition necessary for my current residence] and in allowing me to maintain a high level of health. The ProBed has freed me from many of the health problems, which immobile people face when unable to move during the night.

Through my knowledge of others with similar disabilities, I have found that I have encountered far fewer health related problems stemming from over exposure to pressure points while in bed.

Continued use of the ProBed will eventually make possible my goal of completely self sufficient living with my own home, job and independent care system I am currently a computer programmer/systems analyst for a leading edge computer display manufacturer, based in North Vancouver, British Columbia and have enjoyed a great deal of success in providing key software for their products.

If I had to list the three main contributing factors to my success of achieving my goals, the first would be my parent, the second would be the inspiration which people like Rick Hansen have provided, and the third is my ProBed and the resulting freedom it has given me.

Sincerely,

Steven L. Boren


Freedom to be Independent

by: Jeff L. Day, ATS, CRTS

Nothing enhances life so much as freedom. It goes beyond freedom of expression or the right to work. As most of us working in the Rehab field know, freedom can be closely intertwined with ability. Freedom just to turn or to cough. The simple freedom from being disturbed several times a night to be repositioned. FREEDOM TO BE INDEPENDENT.

A Rehab Technology specialist lives an ongoing vigil to expand the horizons of his clientele. Each day is a quest to identify flew means and methods to utilize the abilities people possess. It is our responsibility to create LIFE where there was only existence. Often you have a client with a specific need and you just can not find the technology to fill the void. That is when the real quest begins, you visualize what is needed and implant the vision in your memory. It is always there and forefront in your mind. Then one day, THERE IT IS!

I had a case like this recently. A young man in rural west Texas living at home with his elderly parents. Nighttime nursing was costing them a fortune, and it was only needed to implement a turning schedule. We decided to pursue other avenues to accomplish MS needs for re-positioning during the night. We tried air surfaces that provided lateral turning, but they had a distal pivot and caused him to slide down when the mattress inflated to turn him. Everything we tried was the same, he would slide when the unit tilted because of the pivot point. Sliding not only caused discomfort and insecurity, but caused real tissue concerns due to shear. Even had we decided to utilize some of this equipment, the cost was quite astronomical and well beyond the grasp of the average person. We tried several different methods to no avail, finally deciding to table the idea and search for flew products being developed.

I had the opportunity to go to the Future Show at Reno, Nevada. My primary reason for attending was to take part in the Pre-Certification study course for the RESNA certification, given by the folks at the University of Pittsburgh. While waiting for class to begin, my wife and I walked through Future Show. Being limited on time, I breezed through pretty quickly trying to absorb as much as possible. Looking at the industry news bulletin board I saw an ad that caught my attention. A company out of Canada by the name of ProBed Medical Technologies Inc. was interested in U.S. dealers for a turning bed they manufacture. I was intrigued. This bed was supposedly a mechanical turning surface, rather than the customary air inflation. This sounded like just what I had been looking for to provide some freedom and independence for my patient. I visited their site on the Internet (http://www.pro-bed.com/) and immediately I knew I had completed my quest. I e-mailed them requesting information and pricing and waited impatiently for a return call. When the call came I was excited to hear even more good news, the bed was AFFORDABLE!

The purchase price for this bed was only two thirds of the yearly budget they currently spent on night time turning. This one time purchase would SAVE my patient a considerable amount over a period of years. Interestingly enough, my patient had been requesting freedom in nighttime positioning, this product was named, the Freedom Bed™!

I had my patient visit the ProBed Internet site and look at the unit, he was VERY excited. I then had the people at ProBed call my patient to explain the mechanics of the unit, they E-Mailed back and forth several times with additional information. Finally we decided we wished to demo the Freedom Bed™ and they sent out a unit immediately.

When the unit arrived, Steve Plummer from ProBed came down to demo the bed to my patient and to show us the programming features available on the bed. We were VERY impressed. Aesthetically appealing, extremely programmable, quiet, energy efficient, and very cost effective the unit even had a built in battery backup allowing the bed to operate for up to 3 days in the event of power failure (something occurring quite often in rural west Texas). My patient immediately chose to purchase the Freedom Bed™

After evaluation of this exciting new product I have come to appreciate the intricacies of its therapeutic benefits. Obviously, it provides the movement needed to alleviate pressure concerns, but there is much more benefit this unit offers. The Freedom Bed™ is much more comfortable and quiet than the average turning surface, but one of the most appreciated aspects is total independence. In addition to maintaining skin integrity, my patient reports much better bowel regularity and a drastic decrease of bladder problems. Before the Freedom Bed™, my patient had bladder infections quite often, since utilizing this bed and its capabilities he has had no bladder infections at all. The ability to override the schedule and turn at his command offers him the opportunity to dispel fluid, easing respiration and clearing his lungs. The unit offers him the ability to turn and cough when he feels the need. It also allows him to turn in the night to urinate, due to loss of muscle control urination when supine is near impossible. Another simple pleasure that is overlooked is overall sleep quality. The bed turns automatically and quietly, there is not someone coming in and waking you for turning. He has much better energy throughout the whole day and is able to focus mentally with better clarity because sleep quality leaves him refreshed and rested.

The technology this bed brings will assist in keeping people out of nursing homes. It will downsize staffing needs for home nursing programs saving astronomical amounts for the patients budget. The Freedom Bed™ offers independence and peace of mind as well as therapeutic and rehabilitative benefit. It will enable people to maintain working status, and improve overall quality of life.

As a Rehab professional, I am incredulous at the prospects this technology offers my clientele. I am not employed by ProBed Medical Technologies Inc., and have no financial interest in the Freedom Bed™ other than as a participating dealer for their beds. I do have a strong interest in the benefits this technology offers my patients, friends, and family. Being certified by RESNA and NRRTS I receive many inquiries from people regarding technology, and I highly recommend this product and the incredible benefits it offers.

Specifications

SKU EcF0981.p
Weight 500
Free Ground Shipping No
Flat Shipping Rate 850
Includes

About the Manufacturer - Broadened Horizons is Official Distributor

ProBed Medical Technologies Inc. is a Canadian company that was established in Abbotsford, British Columbia, in 1989. The challenge at that time was to develop a therapeutic product that would prevent or alleviate some of the complex medical conditions faced by temporarily or permanently immobilized persons.

The result of 12 years of research, development and constant testing is a computer controlled therapy system called the Freedom Bed™. The bed has been designed primarily with the human condition in mind and has been shown in clinical trials and through extensive patient testing to prevent, and assist in the healing of, life-threatening pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) as well as many other medical complications related to immobility

ProBed Freedom Bed ControllerThe primary function of the Freedom Bed™ is to slowly and quietly rotate the bed-user from side to side to relieve pressure and re-establish blood flow to compressed tissue. The bed’s computers drive this movement automatically on a customized programmed schedule so that the bed-user does not have to be woken up during the night to be manually turned. The result is an uninterrupted sleep for bed-users and their caregivers.

The cost of providing essential health care to immobilized persons has also driven the development and design of the Freedom Bed™. It is well known within the Health Care System that the primary cause of back, neck and shoulder injuries to nursing and support staff is the repositioning or transfer of immobilized patients. Our bed has been designed to help staff to avoid these injuries by automating many of the patient movements that have been done manually in the past. This has the dual advantage of allowing key staff to avoid lost time through injury and let them focus on other critical needs of their patients.

When you add up the savings from reducing lost staff time, hiring replacement personnel, additional employees to turn patients, compensation claims and the direct medical costs associated with treating medical complications of immobility, it is clear that these savings will rapidly repay the initial investment in ProBed’s technology.

Brand Broadened Horizons
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Dimensions No
Warranty 1 Year
Availability Please allow 1-4 Weeks for Custom
Shipped from Partner Warehouse No
Harmonization Code No
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By Disability or Limitation No Head Movement - Tongue/Lips/Facial Gestures Only, Head Movement Only, No Arm Movement with some Finger Dexterity, Arm Movement with Limited Finger Dexterity, C1-C3 Quadriplegia, C4 Quadriplegia, C5 Quadriplegia, C6-C7 Quadriplegia, ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy or SMA, Multiple Sclerosis, Paraplegia, Limited Speech or Nonvocal, Stroke, Unable to Walk - Wheelchair User, Brachial Plexus Injury, Limited Hearing or Deaf, Limited Vision or Blind, Arthritis, RSI, Tendinitis, Elderly, Not Disabled, Temporarily Able-Bodied
by Ability or Control Method No Control - Not Applicable, with ECU - Infrared IR, with ECU - discrete TTL, Limited Hand Dexterity, Some Finger Dexterity (no arm movement), Arm Movement (no finger dexterity), Voice - Speaker Independent, Voice - Speaker Dependent, Voice - Dictation, Breath- Blow or Suck Lightly, Using any Ability Switch, Mouth, Tongue, or Facial Gestures, Good Head Movement, Feet or Toes

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