Boston, MA (PressExposure) May 06, 2011 -- Paralyzed Wichita State baseball legend, husband and father of four receives new home that promotes independence - including a new voice-controlled adjustable home hospital bed.
It's a phone call Transfer Master Founder and President Aaron Goldsmith will always remember. A producer from the hit ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, was on the line and she was facing an urgent deadline. She needed to know if Transfer Master could provide an adjustable home hospital bed that was also voice-controlled. The bed would be used in an upcoming episode featuring Carl Hill, a former Wichita State baseball player and father of four who was tragically paralyzed below the shoulders in an auto accident.
Goldsmith told the producer that building the bed wasn't a problem - selling custom built beds to customers is what the company does all the time. The show needed the bed in 24 hours. These types of beds usually take 10 working days to build, but he was confident in the company's ability and said they would build the bed in time for their production.
On April 17, America watched the story of Carl Hall and his family - and witnessed how they have coped and dealt with a tragedy few people can comprehend. And they also saw how the Wichita community rallied behind the show to help build a new home tailored for Carl and his family that will better allow him to cope with his condition. Included in the home was Transfer Master's bed, which was shown and mentioned for its ability to be adjusted up and down with Carl's verbal commands.
The home features 250 additional voice activation controls, an elevator, a therapy room, movie theater, indoor sports room, and a batting cage that allows Carl to once again pitch to his own son.
"It is an honor for Transfer Master to see one of our home hospital beds contributing to the quality of Carl's life," said Goldsmith. "We have been fortunate to have helped many patients with challenging situations since 1993 and we look forward to continuing to provide sleep solutions for those in need." Transfer Master adjustable home hospital beds can include special electrical outlets and hooks at the end of the bed that make it easier for healthcare professionals to plug in and hang monitoring and related equipment (keeping it safely out of the way). Transfer Master has also created custom remote controls that include a safety pin feature (to avoid accidental use by others), as well as bedsides made of cherrywood that match the décor of the Hospital Family Care Suites.