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Deborah HatchellBy Deborah Hatchell
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Deborah HatchellBy Deborah Hatchell
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About

I was caring for my mother at the end of her life.  She became bed-bound, and one of the tasks was to move her up in bed, several times a day.  Who knew this was a thing? 

When the back of the bed of a bed-bound patient is raised, gravity pulls them down so that they no longer bend at the hips.  This causes distress for the patient, and keeping the patient upright is important to facilitate improved breathing and reduce pressure points that lead to bed sores, which lead to infections.

Moving her up in bed was an incredible challenge, as I just couldn't do it by myself; and even when I had someone to help me, I was hurting my back.  My Chiropractor told me, "No more."

So, I searched the internet for a tool to help me, and the things I found were too big/bulky/troublesome to use...and frankly, not as effective as they advertised. 

Clever me, I thought I could make something.  I tried and tried without success until my husband, Jim, rescued me.  He stepped in and engineered something that worked!  That is a short sentence to describe the many months and many (ahem), many thousands of dollars invested, along with some literal blood and sweat in trial after trial fabricating many different prototypes in our garage.  We'll admit, we got frustrated more than once, and there were a few expletives uttered and shouted during the process.  But, as tired as we were, we just didn't give up!

We now have a working product.  And, using it as a caregiver is amazing.

We are committed to using all Made-In-America components for the device, and making it in the USA.  But, that is expensive.  And, let's face it, many of us are used to buying inexpensive imported things. 

GOAL: We need to sell 50 units in advance as a proof-of-concept before we go any further. That is where we hope our Kick Starter Campaign will help us get the word out about our invention. 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

The Medical Industry is at an inflection point.  Staff is shrinking while the aging Baby Boomers are increasing the Patient Load.  And, people weigh more (like Deb), so it's a recipe for disaster in the long run.  Why?

Because health care workers (incredibly) have more workplace injuries (specifically back injuries) than any other industry (according to the Dept of Labor and OSHA).  Each time a patient is moved manually on a traditional draw sheet, the caregiver risks a micro tear in their spine.  These micro tears may create  a little back soreness now; but as back-pain specialists will confirm, the long-term affect on healthcare workers is grim as they tend to suffer more chronic back/health issues later.

For healthcare workers, they can save their backs and long-term health!  

For care provider-organizations (skilled nursing facilities and home-health care agencies), this will save them thousands and thousands of dollars on Worker's Compensation claims, lost hours, the list goes on. 

Also, The Lindy Slider is important because many families today (just like us) are caring for their loved-ones at home, and need all the help they can get.

The bottom line: Lindy Slider will make a difference in protecting caregiver's health; and make the act of care giving a little easier; and because it's easier to reposition patients, patients will get repositioned more often and have a better outcome as a result.

DEVELOPMENT - The Beginning...

Working in our finished basement 'workshop' and in our very messy garage, Jim worked on many iterations of the Lindy Slider.  We also tried many different types of draw-sheets (check out the video labeled "It's not working"...so depressing).  You can also see an early hand-draft of our drawings that Jim made.

Winter 2017-2018 Jim working on the motor
Winter 2017-2018 Jim working on the motor
This version used a frame to fit under the mattress--then, we moved to the headboard version
This version used a frame to fit under the mattress--then, we moved to the headboard version
Jim fabricating brackets.  The brackets!  That was a surprising challenge, because the 'off the shelf' options didn't work.
Jim fabricating brackets. The brackets! That was a surprising challenge, because the 'off the shelf' options didn't work.

 Below is a video of one of maaaannnyyy tests.  This one is a failure.  Listen to that early motor...so loud!  If you listen closely, at :07 you can hear Jim mumble, "It's not working".

This is Jim Grinding away in the garage--trying to get metal to be perfect

Early Drawing - Hand done by Jim!
Early Drawing - Hand done by Jim!

Risks and challenges

The costs to operate this business are not small. We've done a lot of legwork at this point: Prototype, Testing, Patent filing, located component suppliers, created the manufacturing process, completed branding, video and website, and done exhaustive work to identify what is involved (expensive insurance and FDA registration) to get production started.

First, if we don't get enough pre-orders, we can't get into production with the big up-front costs that are involved. So, we've started this campaign for both pre-orders and to get exposure.

But, the Kickstarter campaign is only part of it. We will market the product directly through our website, and we'll put down some shoe-leather to knock on doors of Nursing Homes, Home Care Agencies and the like.

Second, The made-in-the-USA price isn't cheap. There is a chance that buyers will flinch at the price tag.

We are praying that the response is overwhelmingly positive, but since the cost of the item is large (it's not like a $3.00 Scrub-Daddy sponge), and the market is fairly narrow (a lot of folks use a sponge regularly, but not everyone cares for a bed-bound patient), we might be up against a tall wall.

Please, help us get the word out!!

If you know of anyone who works in a patient care environment who might be interested or might be able to help us in any way (introductions, connections, ideas, etc.), please pass along our website: www.lindyslider.com.

Thank you!

Jim and Deb

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    If you are caring for a bed-bound loved one, then The Lindy Slider might just change your life as a caregiver.

    The Lindy Slider solves the challenge of moving a patient up in bed, with just one caregiver.

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