Case study - how equipment helped Linda Fudge

Linda Fudge

A rotational bed helps determined retired RAF Nurse with Parkinson's to remain at home.

The concern: Parkinson's and reduced mobility
Solution: rotational bed for one person

Linda Fudge, 69 from Barton on Sea, Hampshire, lives independently with Parkinson's. She is fully determined to remain at home and avoid relocation into residential care. To ensure her preferred lifestyle is maintained as long as possible, Linda has acquired a rotational bed.

Before retirement, Linda was a qualified nurse and served in the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS) for nearly 30 years. She originally intended to be a Policewoman but due to a slight speech impediment her application was declined.

Linda pursued a carer in nursing and midwifery which led to service in the PMRAFNS and deployment around the world. She was finally stationed as Matron at Headley Court and cared for many injured service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Now living with Parkinson's, Linda requires assistive equipment to remain mobile - her new rotational bed is a vital solution for safe access in and out of bed.

Linda explains: 'Before owning my rotational bed, getting in and out of bed was becoming increasingly difficult. I was having to pull myself up on my arms and my elbows were developing sores. My original bed was a very basic electric bed however it would not sit me up, I had this for two years but it was not suitable for my developing needs. I was struggling to get out of bed on my own, especially at night. My new bed has now made a fantastic difference to my life.'

Linda continues: 'I am adamant that I will not be going into a care home with my Parkinson's. With my rotational bed I can go to the loo at night easily, it is a joy. I aim to surround myself with as much quality equipment as possible to remain independent, my rotational bed is key to that. I do have a friend that helps me now and again but that's it, no carers and I am not moving. The rotational bed rotates and lifts into a seated position so I can stand safely. It is simple to use and very comfy.'

Linda's bed has been positioned so that access is straightforward to her rollator.

The rotational bed can be set to rotate either to the left or right-hand side of a bed and provides full supported transfers from a recumbent to fully upright seated position with the use of one button. Once the mechanism has rotated to the side of the bed, it can be vertically lifted so that a safe and stable sit-to-stand transfer is achievable. This vertical lift is absolutely intentional and very important.

It will not tip the user forward like some beds - some models can potentially be unsuitable for those with weight bearing and balance inconsistencies. Being tipped forward where your nose goes beyond your toes means that gravity takes over and you may leave the bed ready or not!

When Linda decides to stand she can raise the rotational bed whilst seated so she is stable and has control of her movement. This is enhanced by the ergonomic side rails.

Linda adds: 'Personally as a retired nurse, I think that being able to lift the whole bed up is really important. If I ever have to depend on anybody to wash me I know they won't be breaking their backs. I've had a bad back as a nurse so can appreciate the difference this will make. Another simple but good idea is the stitched in pillow. As it is contained in a slip it doesn't move when I tilt the bed so it stays put and I don't have to look for it in the night.'

Linda concludes: 'My independence is so important to me along with staying at home, especially as I didn't have a permanent home for so long serving in the PMRAFNS. My rotational bed will help me stay here and continue enjoying being so close to the sea.'

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