Theraposture Limited, the highly respected specialist in assistive furniture and supporter of the Newlife Foundation, has received high levels of interest in its new, Safe-T care bed for children which was launched recently at the Kidz-in-the-Middle event.
Theraposture is a privately owned, family run business based in Wiltshire that has been the leading supplier of bespoke, hand-built adjustable beds, chairs and cots since 1981. It is a long standing supplier for the Newlife Foundation which is a charity dedicated to providing essential, supportive equipment to children with disabilities and life-limiting conditions. Theraposture works closely with the charity, providing a wide range of specialist beds and cots for the children and their families who urgently need help.
Theraposture’s new electrically powered Safe-T Bed made its UK debut at the Kidz exhibition held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. With integrated, solid sides that fold down when required, this bed now provides a new alternative to either traditional care cots/beds, with traditional drop down side rails or cot sides. The Safe-T Bed is ideal for children who require higher lateral protection than provided by traditional style beds with drop down side rails, but do not require a higher-sided care cot solution with doors. Raised sides deliver safety for young users who move significantly when in bed so that falls are avoided whilst providing peace of mind for parents.
The raised sides of the Theraposture Safe-T Bed provide greater stability, stronger locking mechanisms and vastly increased safety when compared to traditional integrated or add-on metal side rails. These new bed sides also do not require such high levels modification to mask potential entrapment points on what would otherwise be beds designed for adults. The solid sides of the Safe-T Bed have no gaps at all.
Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director commented: “We have once again experienced a very busy Kidz-in-the-Middle and our new Safe-T Bed generated remarkable levels of interest from Healthcare Professionals and parents as it represents the perfect niche solution between a specialist bed with traditional drop down rails and a care cot. We discussed in great detail the many benefits our latest product provides along with Theraposture’s renowned suitability guarantee.”
Liam continues: “As the Safe-T Bed sides are handcrafted from solid Beech wood and shatterproof Perspex, it is possible to fit substantial padding in the same way that you would with a cot bed. This padding can have clear soft windows therefore making two-way visual access, both possible and safe – essential for a child not to feel enclosed and for parental monitoring. The sides are 55cm high making them taller than adjustable side rails. When they are folded down, the mattress is flush with the side of the bed which can be knelt on safely by a carer, unlike a bed with drop down sides. This significantly improves moving and handling practices and ultimately increases dignity and care for the user.”
“We believe that this bed’s fold-down sides are stronger than current drop-down rails and because there are no gaps at all, we also feel this bed has now taken safety standards even further. The Safe-T bed, with its solid gap free sides, is specifically designed for children which is not the case with adapted, adult community type beds.”
The new Safe-T Bed from Theraposture is available in two sizes each with two, fold-down 55cm sides. Electric operation can either include variable height and mattress profiling or solely variable height. Its height adjustment allows the mattress surface to be positioned between 30 to 80cm above floor level, hence conforming to BSEN 60601-2-52. This means a safe working height is provided for carers and parents so that potential back injury and muscle strain is minimised when attending to a child’s needs.