Electric Care Bed with Assist Capability
Panasonic is developing an electric care bed with assist capability. This makes moving between a bed and wheelchair easy and safe, by enabling the bed and wheelchair to morph into each other.
"This is an electric care bed with assist capability. This product combines a bed and a wheelchair. Ordinarily, moving from a bed to a wheelchair is very difficult. But this product makes it easy for a single assistant to do it. That's the biggest feature of this electric care bed."
Usually, transferring a person from a bed to a wheelchair requires two or three assistants. But with this electric care bed, a wheelchair is built into the bed, and it can be pulled out immediately. So, to move between them, all a single assistant needs to do is work the remote control.
"We're testing this product in nursing homes, where it's actually being used to care for seniors. Next, we'd like people to use it for care at home. We hope it'll help users of care beds to be active out of bed as much as possible."