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Make A Hospital Bed More Like Your Furniture

Posted Sep 23 2010 3:37pm

In the late 1970′s, a good friend of mine bought a hospital bed for his ailing wife. After years of alternately getting worse and then getting better, multiple sclerosis finally took away K’s ability to move. This huge bed stood in the center of the room, like the proverbial elephant, making the seriousness of her illness obvious to anyone who visited her.

When my Dad began hospice in 2007, his hospital bed was tiny compared to the bed K had used. Yes, it was a marvel of mechanical and electronic engineering. But, no one would mistake it for a piece of household furniture. That’s changed…

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My Dad’s rented hospital bed helped the hospice staff keep my father comfortable in his final few days. It was great to have it. Unfortunately, it signaled Dad’s condition was getting worse. I had to put his beautiful maple bed into storage.

For someone with a chronic condition, a hospital bed is a daily reminder that you are sick. It has a chilling effect on visitors, too. It makes it harder for family and friends to be upbeat and cheerful–which is what the patient is needing most.

Gary Owens’ wife, Gina, hated how her bed looked. Due to a serious illness, she was stuck at home in bed but she did not want visitors.  Gary worried that his wife was becoming more and more isolated because she was embarrassed by the the way her hospital bed looked.

He came up with a solution that was ingenious!

Gary handcrafted an elegant, wood headboard which slipped over the ugly one on the hospital bed. It instantly transformed the bed into furniture his wife could enjoy and feel proud to show her visitors.

His act of love for his wife launched a new business– Tendercare Beds . Their motto is “Taking the ‘Hospital’ out of Hospital Beds.”

Offering a range of rich looking woods and styles, Tendercare Beds slip-on headboard and foot board make the hospital bed look like real furniture. You still have all the convenience of the hospital bed without the stark look.  The headboards are made in the USA. And the prices are reasonable.

If you are caring for a spouse or a child with a serious medical condition who uses a hospital bed, check out Tendercare Beds. Having beautiful surroundings can be good for body, mind and spirit.

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