Bill-Ray Mobility wins with Friendly Beds

Thursday, December 22, 2016

KIMBERLY, Wis. – The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging presented its 6th Annual Innovation in Caregiving Award to Bill-Ray Home Mobility at its annual conference in November. Bill-Ray Home Mobility was selected for the award for its Friendly Beds, a device that allows people with disabilities or older adults with limited mobility to get in and out of bed more easily. The award recognizes individuals who, in the course of caring for an older adult or person with disability, solve a challenge that eases the burden on caregivers. Friendly Beds was developed by engineer Joe Vosters based on his experiences as a caregiver for his aging father and a brother in law who suffered a stroke. “I thought there was a need for a heavy duty system where the components work together for unique benefits,” he said. Friendly Beds comprises a 36-inch long trapeze that allows someone with limited mobility to move across a wide bed; a stable balance pole that helps them stand and maintain balance; pivoting assist rails that help them reposition and provide support for getting in and out of bed; and a transfer bar option that allows safe/independent bed transfers for individuals with no leg strength.