Thomashilfen's Children's Bed
Thomashilfen makes several Thevo Mobility beds (therapeutic mattresses), also called Thevo-Adapt in some markets. Two of these are made for children with special needs: ThevoSleepingStar and ThevoSleepingStar A. Although the names of these models are similar, the mattresses themselves are significantly different and at different price points. This is similar to Thomashilfen's two models for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, ThevoautoActiv and ThevoActiv. Both Sleeping Star models are available around the world.
The ThevoSleepingStar is for sensory support. A child-size version of the adult Thevo therapy mattresses, the key feature of this juvenile mattress is the self-adjusting Wing Suspension system. The wings (pictured above) are mounted on glass fiber rods. As one end is pressed down the other moves up. This action is called MiS Micro-Stimulation. This very slight reaction is felt through the layer of mattress foam. According to the research behind the design, this affects the sleeper's proprioception (awareness of body position). This faculty is trained to recognize the appropriate sleeping position, a process called "deep touch feedback."
Clinical trials have verified that this approach does have positive effects. Among the demonstrated benefits of MiS are promotion of breathing, improved blood circulation, reduced pain, and better quality sleep.
The frame with the Wing Suspension can be adjusted to create zones. A rod can be moved to change spacing, creating zones for the hips, shoulders and heels of the particular user. Thus this mattress can be adjusted for a sleeper's proportions. Additionally, the outer frame has Flex-Adjust knobs which can be turned to slightly raise or lower a rod to make it more or less firm. The frame itself can be contoured to fit a position of the hospital bed or adjustable bed.
The outer frame of the ThevoSleepingStar itself is flexible. The circle-8 shaped carbon fiber mounts are lighter (less stiff) than those of the other Thevo Therapy models. This allows them to respond to lightweight bodies in absorbing shock. The ThevoSleepingStar is rated for up to 60 kilograms (131 pounds).
The foam layer of the ThevoSleepingStar mattress is firm. It is formed for flexibility and airflow. The air channels are to keep the mattress cool.
The cover of the ThevoSleepingStar is Thomashilfen's Incontinence Cover material. Though breathable, it protects the interior of the mattress from unwanted moisture. It can be hand-cleaned by wiping with a disinfectant. Zippered, it can be removed, washed and tumble dried.
Sold by dealers of healthcare, medical and rehabilitation products, the ThevoSleepingStar by Thomashilfen is covered by a 2-year warranty.
Thomashilfen North America
ExoMotion (Thomashilfen North America), 309 S Cloverdale St Ste B12, Seattle, WA 98108-4545, 206-842-0955, 866-870-2122, http://www.thomashilfen.us/
Firm relief-cut mattress foam over underframe with wings mounted on glass fiber rods
Incontinence material, breathable, removable, washable
About 8-10 inches
Adjustable zoning, adjustable firmness
Keep in sanitary condition, and provide proper foundation