Motor Neurone Disease

Motor Neuron Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a rare and progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons are responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the muscles, allowing for voluntary muscle movement. In MND, these motor neurons gradually deteriorate and die, leading to muscle weakness, atrophy, and loss of function.

MND can manifest in various forms, including ALS (affecting both upper and lower motor neurons), primary lateral sclerosis (affecting upper motor neurons), and progressive muscular atrophy (affecting lower motor neurons). The progression of MND can vary from person to person, but it often leads to physical disabilities, including difficulty with mobility, breathing, speaking, and swallowing. As the disease progresses, patients may require assistive devices and specialised care to maintain their quality of life.

Centrobed’s Bed Functions for Patients with Motor Neuron Disease (MND):

Patients with Motor Neuron Disease have unique healthcare needs due to the progressive and debilitating nature of the condition. The choice of bed functions for these patients should prioritize their comfort, safety, and ability to manage symptoms related to muscle weakness and mobility challenges. Here are some bed functions and considerations that may be beneficial for patients with MND:

  1. Adjustable Bed Height: An adjustable bed height allows patients to get in and out of bed more easily, which can be especially important as muscle weakness progresses.
  2. Full Profiling Options: Full profiling capabilities, including adjustable head and foot sections, provide flexibility for patients with MND to find comfortable positions for resting, reading, or engaging in activities. Centrobed’s Jupiter Profiling Bed is a 4 section profiling bed which can offer optimal movements for comfort.
  3. Tilt-in-Space Functionality: Tilt-in-space features allow the entire bed frame to tilt backward or forward. This function can be beneficial for:
    • Pressure Sore Prevention: Regularly changing the patient’s position can help prevent pressure sores by shifting their weight repetitively throughout the night.
    • Respiratory Support: Tilted positioning can assist with lung function and breathing for patients with respiratory muscle weakness.

Both horizontal and vertical tilting is optimal for a patient with MND, an example of a perfect bed would be the Arctic turning bed which can offfer optimal comfort and security.

  1. Central Locking System: A central locking system for the bed’s wheels ensures stability during care activities and minimizes the risk of unintended bed movement, which can be disruptive and unsafe for patients with MND. The vast majority of our beds rest on 4-8 wheels, these wheels are lockable and have an extremely high weight tolerance.
  2. Patient Positioning Aids: Built-in positioning aids, such as trapeze bars or handles, can assist patients with mobility and repositioning, promoting independence and comfort. We at Centrobed offer multiple assistive aides such as our leg lifters, which can assist with getting in/out of bed.
  3. Customisable Settings: Beds with customisable settings or memory presets make it easier for patients with MND to adjust the bed to their preferred positions for various activities.
  4. Battery Backup: In case of power outages, battery backup ensures that essential bed functions remain operational, maintaining patient comfort and safety. All of our turning beds come with battery backup power due to the risk of pressure sores, however our other beds do not have any additional power options.
  5. Bariatric Options: Depending on the patient’s size and needs, bariatric bed models with higher weight capacities may be necessary to ensure safe and comfortable care.

In addition to these bed functions, patients with MND often require a comprehensive care plan that may include respiratory support, mobility aids, communication devices, and specialised therapies. Healthcare professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, should be involved in assessing the patient’s needs and recommending the most suitable bed and equipment to enhance their comfort, safety, and quality of life. Please contact us for further information here.