Rotoflex case study - helping Linda remain at home with Parkinson's

Rotoflex bed helps determined retired RAF Nurse with Parkinson’s to remain at home.

Linda Fudge, 69 from Barton on Sea, Hampshire, is a charming lady who lives independently despite having 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 Rotoflex from Theraposture which is the original and proven 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. 

Hence 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 the effects of Parkinson’s Linda requires assistive equipment to remain mobile – her new Rotoflex is a vital solution for safe access in and out of bed.

Linda discovered the electrically powered Rotoflex when reading her Parkinson’s Society membership newsletter. Theraposture works closely with Parkinson’s UK so its members can benefit from quality adjustable beds and chairs with a 10% discount. Linda had not seen a rotating bed before and after careful consideration decided it might be the solution for her.

Linda explains: “Before owning my Rotoflex, 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 Rotoflex 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. 

I also have a knee problem and other aches and pains but I never complain, I always just think about treating Simon Weston and the boys at Headley Court, their injuries and disabilities were far worse. With my Rotoflex 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 Rotoflex 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 Rotoflex rotates and lifts into a seated position so I can stand safely. It is simple to use and very comfy.” Linda owns a Rotoflex 200 bed for one person, finished in a modern beech surround. Its contemporary looks complement Linda’s spacious bedroom and has been positioned so that access is straightforward to her rollator. 

The Rotoflex 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, the Rotoflex 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 copies of the Rotoflex. These alternative choices 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 Rotoflex whilst seated so she is stable and has control of her movement. This is enhanced by the ergonomic side rails.

Linda add: “In a matter of a few weeks after ordering my bed Theraposture custom made and delivered my Rotoflex. I was kept informed of the progress of the bed throughout this process. Their technicians were lovely and installed my bed within a few hours, their support and instructions were wonderful.”

“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: “The quality of the Rotoflex is very good, I am so pleased with it. It is well made and the Theraposture service has been excellent. 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 Rotoflex will help me stay here and continue enjoying being so close to the sea.” 

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