The owner of the Caregiver Company saw firsthand what kind of a difference one of these beds could make in a hospital room while a patients’ family is going through a stressful time.
By Avery Anderson.
Published: January 26, 2016, 9:50 pm KSN.com
WICHITA, Kansas – A local company is making a difference in hospital stays. A patient’s loved ones can now stay by their side overnight, in something similar to a Murphy bed.
It’s a product with a personal purpose. The owner of the Caregiver Company saw firsthand what kind of a difference one of these beds could make in a hospital room while a patients’ family is going through a stressful time. With the help of several friends, Chris McCoy and his team is now able to make a positive impact on hospitals just like Wesley Medical Center.
“This provides them the opportunity to get a good night’s rest while their loved one is here in the hospital,” Wesley nurse, Kristi Haag said.
But, an Andover company hopes it’s specially designed bed, will help them rest easier for those overnight stays.
“It helps them because the family members are rested now. They’re actually helping more. You know, you put somebody in a bad situation already, and you put them in a chair and they don’t sleep very well. That’s the problem. What we’re trying to solve is that problem,” explained Chris McCoy, Co-Owner of Caregiver Company LLC.
McCoy says he came up with the idea after a tragic situation he experienced a few years ago.
“My mother had cancer. Seeing my father sleep in the blue chair, I came up with the idea, wrote it on a napkin and took it to a good friend of mine, Chris Meyer,” McCoy stated.
Now, Wesley Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the nation to use this special bed.
“We’re in the phase right now where we’ve had two hospitals that have purchased the beds. They’ve installed the beds. We’re getting feedback from the nurses, seeing how it does in the real world,” said McCoy.
Amber Hamilton and her husband could have really used the Caregiver Bed. The family’s hospital stay turned into weeks after a complicated birth of their son.
“The couple nights before they ended up having to do the surgery to remove the clot, he had to sleep in a chair pretty much sitting up all night,” Hamilton explained.
She says a comfortable sleeping arrangement for her family, would have made a stressful situation better.
“If you can take someone that is in a stressful situation and just give them a few hours of good sleep you might make a difference, and that’s the goal,” stated McCoy.
Though it’s still in the early stages of the Caregiver Company, McCoy tells KSN that the company’s manufacturing facility will soon move to a 52,000 square ft. warehouse.