Name: Wing Commander Thomas Francis ‘Ginger’ Neil, DFC & Bar, AFC, AE
Client challenges: Reduced mobility due to old age
Solution: 4’6’’ Rotoflex turning bed

Heroic Battle of Britain pilot Tom chooses Theraposture Rotoflex bed to future-proof his independence and ability to stay at home

Wing Commander Thomas Francis with his Rotoflex

96-year-old Tom Neil is a famous Royal Air Force fighter pilot and ‘Ace’ of the Second World War who is benefitting from better sleep and more comfort thanks to a powered profiling and rotational bed.

Tom is a highly respected veteran of WW2 and completed 141 combat missions for the RAF during the Battle of Britain. He is the last surviving ‘Ace’ from this historic engagement and has published several books recalling his experiences flying Hurricanes and Spitfires between 1938-1964. Tom has multiple awards for bravery, held the position of Chairman of the Fighter Pilot’s Association and was a key figure in the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Britain.

Now approaching the age of 97 Tom still retains his determined yet gentlemanly persona – along with a desire to remain independent at home for as long as possible. Tom does not want full or part-time professional carers just yet and only has assistance from his sons a few days per week.

Tom wants to remain as active as possible on his own terms so chooses to use assistive equipment. Getting in and out of bed without assistance was becoming more of a challenge as was achieving a comfortable position at night. Tom spent a few years discussing possible solutions with his late wife until he decided upon ownership of an electrically powered Rotoflex bed from Theraposture.