Name: Alan Selzer
Client challenges: Multiple Sclerosis
Solution: Rotoflex double combination bed
Name: Alan Selzer
Since receiving his Rotoflex Turning Bed System from Theraposture, Alan Selzer, 77 from Finchley in North London, is now able to get in and out of bed independently, and does not now require assistance from carers.
Before taking retirement at 64, Alan was a highly skilled tailor designing and producing costumes for many of the famous West End shows.
His business was responsible for handcrafting outfits for leading characters in productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. He was trained from aged 18 and went on to enjoy a long career working across the world making costumes for international productions of West End shows.
Alan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998 and as his condition developed, his job became too demanding so he decided to focus on life outside of work. As the years have passed, personal mobility has become a challenge for Alan, including being able to get in and out of bed on his own.
With the prospect of requiring carers to help him and his wife, Alan decided to look for a solution for independence at home – this resulted in ownership of a power-assisted, rotating Rotoflex bed.
“I am so glad we haven’t had to resort to getting carers. I have independence.”
– Alan Selzer
The Rotoflex is a patented, award-winning bed from Theraposture based in Westbury, Wiltshire. It provides profiling, height adjustment and a turning action so users can be moved from lying to a fully upright seated position with their feet on the floor. The bed can then be raised vertically so achieving a sit-to-stand transfer and vice versa is safer for people with restricted mobility.
No other bed provides the full patented functionality of the Rotoflex – it is a proven, trusted solution for getting legs into bed. Although there are several attempted copies available, none have the pedigree and patented features such as the Unique Powered Rising Foot Support.
It represents a key solution for many people who would otherwise need carers to get them out of bed in a morning and back in at night. Alan’s Rotoflex has become invaluable to him and his wife.
Alan explains: “I first saw the Rotoflex in the MS Matters magazine and then at the Naidex exhibition. I decided to book an assessment with Theraposture who arranged for an assessor called Nick to call me. Nick decided it would be a good idea for me to try a Rotoflex at an Independent Living Equipment Centre which was in Hammersmith at that time. We met at this Disabled Living Foundation demonstration showroom and I was able to try the bed for myself.”
“Well simply, it was the answer to all my problems. I already had a profiling bed which was ok to sleep on, however getting in and out was a different story. The MS has affected my bladder so I have to get up 2-3 times a night to use the loo. This meant I was having to wake my wife up each time to help me get out of bed, it was exhausting for both of us. I could get my legs out of bed but could not get them back in. Standing on my own was becoming difficult as well so we needed help.”
The Rotoflex demonstration was a success and Nick completed a full assessment of Alan’s needs to ensure his bespoke bed would be ideal. The Rotoflex manufactured for Alan was part of a double combination bed so he could continue sleeping with his wife. Its attractive, upholstered surround
enclosed two separate sleeping platforms and mattresses so Alan could adjust his position without disturbing his wife.
Alan continues: “We chose the Rotoflex as it did not look like a hospital bed. The design suited our home décor perfectly, you’d never know about the mechanics and technology within. Add to this the power assistance it provides, the Rotoflex has given us a product that looks good and helps on a daily basis.” “I am so glad we haven’t had to resort to relying on carers – the thought of having to wait for them to get me up in the morning or put me to bed at night filled me with such worry. I can get up when I want by pushing one button, it is very easy. My bed rotates me round and then I can stand using a turning aid. I then twist myself towards my everyday wheelchair or shower chair. I have independence.”
Currently when standing Alan does not need the seated position vertical lift, however this functionality is important when sitting down. It provides stability and safety as Alan’s leg strength and flexibility have been compromised by MS: “I find bending my legs tricky these days so having a flat surface to sit down on is a big help. When first looking for a rotating bed to help me, I did consider a different company who produce a similar product however this tips you forward like a riser and recliner chair. At that time I thought this was a good idea, however I’m so glad I didn’t go for that now as it would have been problematic. I need to have my feet flat on the floor and to be sitting upright before I stand.”
“This other company’s approach to assessment and selling was quite frankly disappointing and off putting, especially when I visited their showroom. Their understanding wasn’t there and the product was clearly not as well engineered as a Rotoflex. Although it looked similar, it was very different on closer inspection as was the company and the way they went about things. Theraposture by comparison have a great product and it has been designed to help people like me. Theraposture are professional, knowledgeable and completely reassuring to deal with.
Owning a Rotoflex double combination bed has meant that Alan and his wife can benefit from a life that doesn’t rely on asking others for help. Alan’s two sons have peace of mind their parents are safer at home and have not been called upon as much to help. Alan misses his career and the sense of achievement it delivered, however he is able to relax at home and continue playing his favourite game, Bridge, online with his friends twice a week.