SleepSafe® Beds originally manufactured wood products and custom furniture under our previous company name — English Ave Industries. We began the development of the SleepSafe® Bed, durable medical equipment (DME), for those with Special Needs in September of 2000 at the request of the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD). They required a bed that would prevent falls and entrapment for individuals in their group homes.
Because English Ave Industries had not been in the “health care bed industry”, we did not already have a bed to simply retrofit. We approached the project without a perceived notion and with a fresh sheet of paper. Our background in producing custom furniture allowed us to look at the challenge with a different perspective. Why not make the bed visually appealing?
English Ave Industries, was one of five companies that submitted a prototype for review, and the only company willing to resubmit their design with the modifications the OMRDD requested after the review process. Since then, SleepSafe® Beds, durable medical equipment (DME), has been approved by the OMRDD for use in their facilities and has been placed on state contract for purchase by the OMRDD. The SleepSafe® Bed represents a standard to which the agency’s bed safety guidelines have been written. In addition, all of our beds address the 7 zones of entrapment research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup in 2001.
In April 2001, SleepSafe Beds®, formerly English Ave Industries, filed for a patent on the SleepSafe® Bed system which was approved on July 15, 2002. In response to input from the health care professionals as well as individuals. SleepSafe Beds LLC has added additional durable medical equipment (DME) beds to their product line. We now offer the SleepSafer® and SleepSafe® II bed models. The SleepSafer® has taller sides for active individuals. The SleepSafe® II combines the capability of both the SleepSafe® and SleepSafer®. Every SleepSafe® Bed includes a foundation that supports the mattress. Customers can choose from fixed or articulated and/or hi-lo frames.
The SleepSafe® Beds are not only visually appealing, they also address safety issues in ways no other more traditional institutional equipment can match:
• The clear 3/16″ windows incorporated in the safety rails provide visibility and affords the opportunity to observe the environment in situations where the need to see and be seen are important.
• Entrapment issues are addressed with the patented SleepSafe® Bed design. The space between the side rails, head and foot boards and the mattress is nearly nonexistent – even with mattress compression.
• In addition to addressing the problem of entrapment found in traditional hospital equipment, our beds’ aesthetics and durable construction promote an inviting atmosphere for the benefit of not only the resident, where self-esteem may be an issue, but also for family members and caregivers who appreciate a more normalized setting.
SleepSafe Beds® looks forward to providing safe, functional products for our customer’s use. With input from caregivers and health care professionals, we will continue to develop new products designed to make life easier and safer for individuals with special needs as well as those who care for them.