Gerry is a 78-year-old gentleman who lives in his own home with his brother. Gerry has severe osteoarthritis which affects many of his joints and results in significant pain and restricted range of movement in his hips and knees. In addition, his lower limbs have become very edematous and he has poor skin integrity. Gerry has difficulty with his transfers and poor mobility, and he is only able to take a few steps at a time.
As Gerry has restricted range of movement; he requires additional space when turning in bed and so he was provided with a 4 feet wide bed to help manage this. Unfortunately, as his bedroom could not accommodate the bed, it had to remain in the lounge. Although Gerry has retained his ability to manage his sit to stand transfers, he has been unable to lift his legs into his low profiling bed of 8″ (14″ with mattress) for some time, so two caregivers assisted him each morning and evening with his bed transfers using a hoist. The set up caused many problems for Gerry, his brother and the caregivers, and so alternative interventions were considered. An ultra-low bed was put in place and did enable Gerry to lift his legs into bed with minimal difficulty. However, he struggled with his bed mobility as it was not possible to install an assist bar and so he was still dependent on caregivers to assist him. In addition, the knee break function on this bed failed on a number of occasions.
A FloorBed was put into place for a trial with a lifting pole and an assist bar to aid with Gerry’s bed mobility. When sitting on the bed, Gerry lowers the bed as required. The floor height of the bed allows Gerry to use his feet to shuffle himself further back in the bed. When in a safe and appropriate position, he lowers the bed to the lowest point of 8″ (8.6″ with mattress) from the floor and is able to slide his legs into bed rather than lift them, enabling him to manage this task independently. In addition, Gerry benefits from the lifting pole and assist bars on either side, which he is able to reach at all times to assist with his bed mobility.
Gerry no longer requires assistance with his bed transfers and so the care package was reduced from two caregivers each morning and evening to just one caregiver each morning; this resulted in a saving of $8,883.00 per year.