In the hospital, bedside items never seem to be in reach of the patient. The nursing staff is often called to retrieve items, resulting in an unnecessary amount of response to call-lights. Staff are routinely clearing the overbed table, situating the call-button, rearranging the television controls, as well as other surfaces in the patient’s room.
Likewise, at home, many people consistently have a hard time getting out of bed due to various health conditions and physical impairments, such as stroke, arthritic pain, migrain headaches, among others. Many of these individuals lack the necessary handles and railings needed to get up out of bed. At the same time, they often lack easily accessible space for small items such as a heating pad, medications, beverages, a telephone, etc.