Motor Neurone Disease

How an assistive bed can make living with MND easier

Motor Neurone Disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), is a rare condition that progressively damages the nervous system.

It causes motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord to stop working properly resulting in a progressive loss of muscle activity.

This life-limiting neurodegeneration means that all mobility is lost over time so assistance with accessing a bed is critical for ongoing dignity and care – both for the user and carers. Theraposture adjustable beds can provide the necessary functionality so that living at home with MND is more manageable.

Theraposture beds are tailor-made to encompass profiling and/or variable height to assist users living with MND.

The profiling action allows the head or foot end of the bed to raise and lower independently so the ideal sleeping can be achieved.

As breathing becomes an increasing challenge with MND, sleeping with the head raised can improve this situation and offer more comfort at night.

Couples can still sleep together if one of the partner’s has MND through the selection of a dual combination adjustable beds.

A person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is around 1 in 300 †

Double or ‘dual’ beds

Independent adjustment

These consists of two separate mattresses and bases that can either or both include powered functionality. This means one side can be adjusted during the night without affecting the other mattress so better sleep is possible for both partners.

Bases and mattresses

These bases can be secured together or separated easily using Theraposture’s locking device – offering the joint benefit of ‘bed sharing’ and access to all sides of the MND user’s mattress.

Hoists and carer safety

Access to the mattress is critical for the carer so that hygiene routines and hoisting are possible without restrictions. Being able to raise the mattress to a higher level also allows carers to attend to the person with MND without having to bend over and potentially strain their back.

This higher position also means using a hoist and sling is simpler when transferring a disabled person out of bed.

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Multi-position mattress


Powered profiling and bed rotation


Height adjustment makes standing up easier


Raised side rails/ armrest

Dual combination Rotoflex beds allow the independent adjustment of both height and rotation.

Choice of mattress

The choice of mattress is also important so that pressure, circulation and tissue viability are managed. When living with MND, people become completely immobile and therefore complications can occur from extended periods of sitting or lying.

Pressure sores and ulcers are common so specialist solutions such as the Theraposture Alternating Air Cell Mattress are available that significantly reduce pressure on the skin and aid blood flow. This mattress can be incorporated into a rotating Rotoflex or a standard adjustable bed.

Which beds are suitable?

In the final stages of MND, the advanced RotocareRotoflex and Theracare range of specialist care beds may be more appropriate.

The Theraposture Rotocare is an electrically operated, height adjustable and profiling bed with a manually controlled rotational action. The Rotocare is essentially a Rotoflex but without powered turning and is suitable for disabled owners who have permanent carer assistance.

Rotoflex Case Studies

Linda Fudge’s Rotoflex

Rotoflex bed helps determined retired RAF Nurse with Parkinson’s to remain at home.

Linda Fudge is a charming lady who lives independently despite having Parkinson’s.

“I am adamant that I will not be going into a care home with my Parkinson’s…. my Rotoflex will help me stay in my home next to the sea.”

Mike Wardle sitting in his Rotoflex

Mike Wardle’s Rotoflex

Theraposture Rotoflex rotational bed delivers independence, greater comfort and assured safety to injured ex-Police Officer Mike.

“My Rotoflex is the start to my day. It is the start of my independence, without it I would be lost.”

Wing Commander Thomas Francis with his Rotoflex

Wing Commander Thomas Francis

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

“My Rotoflex is as comfy as a Spitfire. At last I can sleep better at night.”

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