We began the development of the SleepSafe® Bed, a durable medical equipment product (DME) in September of 2000 at the request of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). They required a bed that would prevent falls and entrapment for special needs individuals in their group homes, particularly pediatric patients with physical and cognitive disabilities.
With a fresh sheet of paper, we approached the project without a perceived notion. Our background in producing custom furniture allowed us to look at the challenge with a different perspective. Why not make a safety bed that is totally functional and more beneficial to the user?
We were one of five companies that submitted a prototype for review and the only company to resubmit their design with the modifications the OPWDD requested. Eventually, SleepSafe® Beds, was approved by the OPWDD for use in their facilities. The SleepSafe® Bed now represents a new standard for the agency’s bed safety guidelines.
In April 2001, a newly formed SleepSafe Beds, LLC, filed for a patent on the SleepSafe® Bed system which was approved on July 15, 2002. With help from health care professionals and caregivers, SleepSafe Beds® developed additional bed models; the SleepSafer® – Tall Bed and SleepSafe® II – Medium Bed. The SleepSafer® has two full length safety rails on one side for more active individuals. The SleepSafe® II offers safety rail height between the SleepSafe® and SleepSafer®.
The company introduced fully enclosed safety beds by designing extensions for the SleepSafe® II – Medium Bed and the SleepSafer® – Tall Bed. Either model may be retrofitted to include the extension. The SleepSafe® Extension Bed can be ordered with the extension as a complete bed. The top of the Extension Bed may be open or closed. These SleepSafe® Bed models address the challenges with extremely active Special Needs children who risked falls from their beds.
Every SleepSafe® Bed includes a foundation that supports the mattress. Customers can choose from fixed, articulated or hi-lo foundations. An array of surface finishes, padding options, and customization are also available.
The SleepSafe® Beds are visually appealing and address key safety issues:
• Built into the safety rails, clear 3/16″ windows, or black mesh screens, provide visibility from inside and outside of the bed. This emphasizes the need to see and to be seen. The screen mesh option offers more ventilation for larger beds.
• Entrapment issues are addressed with the patented SleepSafe® Bed design. The space between the mattress and side rails, headboard, and foot board are virtually nonexistent – even with mattress compression.
• Padding is important for users who need a softer environment. The beds can be ordered completely padded in a choice of four available colors.
• Our beds’ aesthetics and design offer an inviting environment for the user, where self-esteem may be an issue. Family members and caregivers appreciate the 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.