The Occupational Rotational Bed for Independent Transfers
The Orbit 235 is a revolution and huge step forward in rotating beds.
There is no other rotating bed like it. The Orbit 235 has been developed in collaboration with Occupational Therapists and end users, building on Theraposture’s understanding and experience gained as the true market leading supplier of rotating beds for over 20 years. Everything that we have learnt and everything that we have been asked for has resulted in the Orbit 235.
Why is the Orbit different?
- One bed can be used for users from 4’10” to 6’6” with configurable platform lengths and seating dimensions to suit all shapes and sizes.
- The Orbit 235 can be set up to meet each user’s personal needs (see page 10).
- The result is a bed that can be adapted, configured, and personalised for each user.
- For OTs this means that the bed can easily be reissued.
- For private purchasers, you can try the Orbit 235 at the home assessment, during which it will be configured just for you.
- The bed that we then deliver, will have the same configuration.
Why is rotation the key to getting in and out of bed?
Lifting legs into bed can be a problem. It can mean that those struggling may give up on the idea of sleeping in a bed and instead, sleep in a chair. A rotating bed will provide a safe, consistent, and sustainable way to get in and out of bed, without being dependent on others.
Theraposture’s rotating bed range – transfer in and out of bed on your own terms by pushing just one button. If help is still needed, it will mean less assistance and more safety for all concerned. The height adjustment function can help with standing transfers and to provide a safe working height for caregivers.
“In my experience as an OT, the Orbit 235 is the most accomplished, capable and well-designed rotating bed available”
Users of the Orbit may be between 4’10” and 6’6” – one bed accommodates everyone within this range. This is achieved by modular incremental telescopic platform lengths, with three settings:
- Mattress length of 200cm, typically for those between 4’10” and 5’3”
- Mattress length of 210cm, typically for those between 5’4” and 5’11”
- Mattress length of 220cm, typically for those between 6’ and 6’6”
For individuals, this means that the Orbit is set to the appropriate length for them and for their room.
For prescribers, this means that one bed can be used by, or reconfigured for, patients between 4’10” and 6’6”, weighing up to 31 stones. In all cases, the foot-end mattress length remains constant.
One solution for all
From our many years of experience, we are aware that the seat height and depth are critical for the bed to work well for users.
If the seat height is too high, then shorter users will sit perched on the front of the seat. If they shuffle back, their feet come off the ground, which is far from ideal.
This is because when rotating out of the bed (often at night), the users’ feet will be dangling off the floor when in the chair position.
If the seat is too deep, then the user will not be fully supported by the back.
If the combination of seat height and depth is wrong, the user will not be seated and supported as intended with their feet on the ground when in the chair position.
The Orbit can be set to three seat height options and can have three seat depth options.
Height positions of 40, 44 and 48cm are achieved by programming the Orbit and extending the lower leg section of the platform.
Depth and height positions
Every Orbit is custom programmed for individual needs
Depth positions of 46, 48.5 and 51cm are proportional to the seat height. These are achieved by selecting the chosen modular mechanical setting position in the seat.
When in the seat position, the Orbit will either rise vertically to help you stand or can be programmed to tilt you as you rise if preferred.
“The Orbit 235 is suitable for a wide range of users, making it versatile and recyclable, and great value for equipment services”
What are the alternatives to a rotating bed?
Orbit shown with 60-degree seat position
- Help from loved ones to manually lift someone’s legs into bed – this is physically demanding and a constant commitment on time. Getting out of bed can be even more challenging and dangerous for all concerned.
- Leg lifting devices – these will help to get legs into bed but will not get them out.
- Hoists and stand aids – these will be needed to transfer a patient into and out of bed, to avoid possible back injuries to carers. Others will always be needed to help with this.
- Home care packages assisting with bed transfers – often at set times without flexibility. Outside these times, help may not be available. These are expensive, costing up to £27,000 per year. A rotating bed could reduce two carers to one or even to none. Many people will have to pay for costly home care packages privately.
- Residential care – this would mean leaving your home and again this is very expensive, typically £53,000 per year.
Get in and out of bed at the touch of a button
When you sit down in the chair position, your feet will be on the ground and your back will be fully supported, thanks to the optional seat height and seat depth positions available.
By sitting in the middle of the seat in the chair position, you will be positioned in the middle of the mattress when in the bed position – there is no need to shuffle on the mattress.
When you rotate, you will be cradled in a tilt-in-space position with the angle individually programmed for you. You won’t fall forwards or backwards so you will both feel and be completely safe. When in bed, the Orbit can be profiled like a normal adjustable bed.
As you lift your legs the rising heel section also rises, so that your whole leg and foot are fully supported when elevated.
This is vital to ensure that your legs are in the best position to allow fluid to drain and to avoid the possibility of pressure sores on the back of your calves.
When you rotate out of bed, the rising heel section automatically lowers.
The height adjustment can be used to help you to stand when leaving the bed.
By vertically rising, your nose will always be behind your toes, so your balance cannot be lost by falling forwards. There is an option to include a tilt forward if needed.
The height adjustment can also be used to provide an appropriate height for wheelchair users to side transfer, and it can be used to provide a safe working height for caregivers.
The Orbit 235 is programmed for each user
The Orbit 235 has been designed so that it can be configured and programmed for each user. Each bed can be set to one of three lengths covering typical user heights ranging from 4’10” to 6’6” – this is a world’s first!
Further to that, the seat height and the seat depth can be selected ensuring that whatever your shape and size, you will be correctly supported. This again is a world’s first!
The predecessor to the Orbit 235 was the Rotoflex 235Mk2, which is still in service and available as a refurbished bed. The Rotoflex 235Mk2 could not be configured in any way, whereas the Orbit is flexible to individual needs through the latest assistive engineering and technology.
1. The head and footboards are contemporary and slimline
2. Side rail handles can be either locked in position, raised to help side transfers, or even removed
3. Centrally locked castors
Built using cutting-edge production techniques, the Orbit brings together precision laser cutting, robot welding and powder coating for ultimate reliability.
This new level of durability is matched by its pioneering adaptability. Through modular components and sophisticated electronics, the Orbit offers personalised movement and function.
The Orbit truly raises the bar in rotating bed design – delivering levels of comfort, support and peace of mind never experienced before.
|Length options||200, 210 and 220cm|
|Depth options||46, 48.5 and 51cm|
|Finished seat position||To 90 degrees / to 60 degrees|
|Speed options||50%, 75% (default) and 100%|
|Standing options||Straight lift or tilt|
|Hoist or stand aid accessibility||Yes|
|Back position angle options||Fully programmable|
|Patient height range||4’10” to 6’6” (147 to 198cm)|
|Full leg support when elevated||Yes|
|Maximum patient weight||200kg (31 stones)|
|Safe working load||235kg (37 stones)|
Personal and client assessments with our Occupational Therapist / Equipment Specialist.
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