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Improved independence for London family with Rotoflex bed

Theraposture : 08 August, 2016  (Application Story)
Theraposture has helped one Mill Hill resident to achieve improved independence through the use of a Rotoflex equipped bed
Improved independence for London family with Rotoflex bed

Natasha Lawrence, aged 25 from Mill Hill, north London, is a sociable and positive lady who lives with a challenging disability and is dependent on carers 24/7. To assist her carers and to gain greater independence Natasha has recently taken ownership of a specialist Rotoflex turning bed system from Theraposture. This dual combination bed provides powered adjustment on one half for Natasha and her carers and a static mattress for her disabled husband who requires less support when getting in and out of bed.



Diagnosed at 14 months old, Natasha’s has Familial Dysautonomia – a rare genetic disorder that affects the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary actions such as digestion, breathing, production of tears, and the regulation of blood pressure and body temperature. Natasha also lives with Scolosis and a complication following unsuccessful spinal surgery hence uses a wheelchair to remain mobile. Before owning a Rotoflex transferring in and out of bed and repositioning independently at night was very challenging for Natasha. However now her electrically operated adjustable bed provides profiling, variable height and rotational movement to move Natasha from a lying to a fully upright seated position. Through its turning action Natasha is not so dependent on her carers when transferring into her wheelchair – increasing safety and reducing stress and possible back or muscle injury for everyone.



Despite being dependent on specialist care, Natasha is a focused and determined individual who continues to fill her life with rewarding social and work-based activities. With the ability to relax and sleep better thanks to her new Rotoflex, Natasha is now thriving at home and during her work at a local coffee shop and the Aspire Leisure centre. The Aspire centre in Stanmore is a pioneering leisure and sports facility that provides world-leading accessibility for people with disabilities. Natasha is currently working with Aspire to set up a new adapted Frisbee league and has recently received support from the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP.



Natasha and her mum, Rosalind Jacobs, were initially recommended a Theraposture Rotoflex by their Occupational Therapist during 2015. Rosalind explains: “We had looked at rotating beds from other manufacturers but they didn’t have the range of options or functionality we were looking for. Our OT’s recommendation led us to meeting Nick Lythe, one of Theraposture’s Trusted Assessors who explained why their quality Rotoflex is a popular choice. We attended a demonstration in Enfield and decided this bed would be ideal for Natasha’s needs. However with our search continuing for a new home that would offer better accessibility, we decided to put the order on hold. In the interim Theraposture were very supportive and loaned us a single profiling bed to ease day-to-day difficulties whilst we waited to move. Theraposture’s Managing Director, David Holtum, dealt with us direct throughout the whole period and despite our needs changing several times, he was consistently caring, understanding and provided solutions every time.”



The Jacobs selected a dual combination bed with a solid oak surround and a Rotoflex turning system in one half. This precision German mechanism will adjust the height of the mattress head and foot ends, raise the complete sleeping platform and fully rotates to a seated configuration. This means her partner can share the same bed without being disturbed at night if Natasha needs to exit the bed or change her sleeping position. Natasha can control her movement using an intuitive hand controller and can sit up with the touch of one button. As with all Theraposture beds, the specialist engineering is hidden by a stylish enclosure so her Rotoflex blends into its contemporary surroundings without looking like a medical device.



Rosalind continues: “On completion of our house purchase I experienced a very busy and stressful time so the fact that Theraposture were so accommodating made my life easier. At that time, I was sorting the house, looking after Natasha and managing the rapid conversion of a bathroom to an accessible wet room. Theraposture were able to come and install the Rotoflex bed at very short notice and their fitters were so professional and efficient.”



The Rotoflex bed is an essential piece of equipment for everyone in the Jacob’s house. Natasha has greater independence, her husband can share the same bed and manual moving and handling by her carers is greatly reduced. Rosalind concludes: “Our Rotoflex gives us choice at home in terms of powered assistance for Natasha. Sometimes we may not need all of its functionality however having profiling, variable height and rotation gives us options. Plus, the bed is future-proof so if Natasha’s condition changes, we know that the Rotoflex will be able to provide the support we need.



“Its comfort and flexibility helps us reduce the possibility of Natasha experiencing a ‘crisis’ flare up which can commonly happen through fatigue, stress or illness. As her senses are highly sensitive and can fluctuate dramatically, being able to relax and feel settled is so important for Natasha. Our Rotoflex bed helps with this so much and has made life so much easier for all of us. Over and above the actual product, I would recommend Theraposture for its impeccable level of service. Throughout the whole assessment, selection and installation process Theraposture were fair and honest and now continue to support us with advice and provision of a bespoke adjustable chair.”


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