I travel more these days than I have since high school, so I’m always looking for the most efficient ways to make travel easier for not only me, but also for my travel companions who double as caregivers.

One of the most frequent issues I’ve always had is finding an accessible place to actually sleep. Most hotels have box platform beds, which is something most of us would never even think to care about. However, if you use a hoyer lift, that’s a major issue. Usage of the lift requires clearance underneath the bed for the lift’s legs, and the box platforms do not have that. So more often than not, I end up sleeping on a rollaway bed or a pull-out sofabed. I’ve even rented a hospital bed in a destination city and had the medical supply store deliver and set it up in my hotel room.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a friend of mine that he should invent me a portable, lightweight hospital bed. Then, just days later, he texted me a photo of something he had seen at work that, for the most part, fit that very description. I reached out to the manufacturer, visited their plant facility, and was impressed by both the product lineup and the spirit of excellence that permeated the place. So I obtained one of their beds and took it on the road for the first time a week ago. I decided to film a couple of video reviews to share. It made a huge difference for us, so I wanted to share with you all in case you know someone who might benefit.

Overall Review

The Takedown Process

For more information about the bed itself, visit http://westcot.us/products/functional-needs-cot.php.

‘Til next time,


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