£36,000 appeal launched by Shropshire charity to fund six pressure-relieving turning beds
The Ethos Group is aiming to raise £36,000 to purchase six turning beds to expand the service it is able to offer for people who have experienced a life-changing injury or illness.
Based in Oswestry, Shropshire, the charity provides transitionary housing for people in wheelchairs who have undergone life-changing physical disabilities, helping in their journey to live independent lives.
Now the charity wants to add six new turning beds to the specialist equipment available in its three bungalows and is appealing to any organisation or individual who could help.
According to the charity, it is already off the mark with a £6,000 donation made by an anonymous donor, helping to fund the cost of one pressure-relieving bed.
Fae Dromgool, Chief Executive of Ethos, explained that the beds play an important role in stopping pressure ulcers from developing by regularly changing the position of someone with reduced mobility.
The automatic turning or tilting beds also give extra independence to those who were paralysed by reducing their reliance on overnight personal care.
“These lateral tilting beds are used for people who are most at risk. The automatic turning programme uses frequent movement to change pressure points which helps prevent pressure ulcers and aid circulation,” she said.
“The beds can be programmed to turn a client at regular intervals. The movement is so smooth that clients can enjoy an undisturbed night’s sleep without the need for carers to manually turn them every few hours.”
Currently, the charity has only two of the specialist beds in stock. Fae added that automatic functionality of the beds also provides an extra degree of independence to who are paralysed, reducing a reliance on overnight personal care.
“They are such an effective piece of equipment that we would like to have six more,” she continued.
“They help to give our clients more dignity and independence as well as reducing their reliance on overnight personal care,” she said.
Additionally, she emphasised that the use of the turning beds in the rehabilitation process at Ethos could often mean clients could reduce their intake of painkillers while also enabling carers to get a full night’s sleep.
Alongside the appeal, the charity has said it is in the process of applying for grants to help fund the extra equipment, with each bed costing a reported £5,880.
The news follows the Stop The Pressure awareness campaign on 19 November 2020, a day dedicated to raising awareness of pressure ulcers with the aim of stopping them worldwide.https://thiis.co.uk/36000-appeal-launched-by-shropshire-charity-to-fund-six-pressure-relieving-turning-beds/https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ethos-Princess-Turning-Bed.jpg?fit=900%2C558&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ethos-Princess-Turning-Bed.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NewsroomSector NewsThird Sectorcharity,Ethos Group,Fae Dromgool,lateral tilting beds,Oswestry,Pressure Care,pressure ulcers,Shropshire,Stop the Pressure,turning bedsThe Ethos Group is aiming to raise £36,000 to purchase six turning beds to expand the service it is able to offer for people who have experienced a life-changing injury or illness.Based in Oswestry, Shropshire, the charity provides transitionary housing for people in wheelchairs who have undergone life-changing physical...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine