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The Beginnings of Bakare Beds

The Beginnings of Bakare Beds

There are many specialist bed companies out there but it’s safe to say that Bakare is one of the few that has come about as a direct result of a heartfelt desire to help sick people sleep well.

Bakare Beds was conceived in 1989 when John Baker was looking for ways to help his uncle Ron who was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. At the time John was running a business selling fold-down wall-beds but his inventive mind was keen to create a bed that would help give his uncle more comfort, dignity and independence.

In collaboration with his existing bed manufacturer – a company called Pardo based in Spain, John came up with a prototype bed for his uncle. At the time there were very few options when it came to variable posture beds; they were typically metal-framed and unattractive hospital-style beds which looked horribly institutional and out of place in home environments. However, the bed that John devised for his uncle combined all the functionality of a hospital care bed with a far more appealing design. The bed could be raised and lowered to make it easier to transfer to a wheelchair and had a profiling lying surface which could enable Ron to sit up to drink, eat, read and watch TV. In creating the bed, John was also striving for an aesthetic that could complement existing bedroom furnishings and provide maximum comfort.

For Ron, the bed made a huge difference. He no longer felt “hospitalised”, and the remote-control features gave him back his dignity and a measure of independence while still ensuring he could lie or sit comfortably.

Following this success, John realised that others in his uncle’s situation could benefit from his design and he decided to turn it into a business. With the help of his wife Wendy, an NHS nurse with extensive experience of helping patients with spinal injuries, he founded Bakare Beds Limited in 1993.

Since then, the “Ron” prototype has evolved into one of Bakare ’s most popular products. The Evolution Residential bed combines incredible functionality with an attractively appointed bed with quality wooden finish. The main purpose of the bed is to ensure users feel comfortable while also getting back their dignity and independence. The Evolution Residential bed can go down to a very low height which means there is less risk of injury from bed falls, boosting users’ feelings of security, and it’s also considerably easier to get into bed. The bed can still be raised to a suitable height to enable carers to work safely and comfortably.

Four years after Bakare launched, the company was invited by the innovative German bed manufacturer Volker to become sole UK importer of their prestigious range of healthcare beds. Volker’s beds were a breakthrough in care bed design and John’s collaboration with his German partner has contributed to many of the unique features of the Volker bed program of today.

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Volker World, 1997

John’s wife Wendy also played a key role in helping to build the company and, since John’s passing away in late 2017, has stayed on as a director while John’s son Steve has been appointed chief executive.

There are currently around 20 members of staff at Bakare, including many who have worked there since the late 90s. Headquartered in Plymouth, with an additional service and distribution centre in Sheffield, Bakare now supports clients all over the UK & Ireland from Penzance to the Shetland Islands. Customers are also able to receive advice on Bakare products at disabled living centres and foundations right across the country.

John’s son Steve said: “The core of our business has always been about helping people regain their dignity and sense of independence through technical innovation and exceptional functionality while also creating beds that are comfortable and look good in any environment. That’s how Bakare started, and we have kept this ethos throughout Bakare ’s history. If you’re confined to bed for most – or all of the time, then your bed really becomes your whole world so it’s vitally important that it looks good, performs well and can stand the test of time. We’re very proud of what we do at Bakare and we know from our outstanding customer feedback that we are playing a big part in enhancing people’s quality of life.”

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Hi Louise, Just a quick email to say thank you for organising the bed delivery. It arrived fine and the guys who delivered it were very friendly so please pass on my thanks to them.

Mairi

I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent service that we received from you today, I was really grateful for the quick response we received for a call out, the engineers are also very helpful and professional and certainly represent Bakare in a positive way,

Linda

Thank you so much Jennifer, you have been incredibly helpful and your suggestion of an engineer checking out the problem was spot on. It’s great for Sue that she can have a working bed again and so soon, it’s the best outcome for her. Please pass on my thanks to the engineer for going so quickly and we really appreciate everything you have done.

Patricia

Many thanks Alex and the team for a speedy repair of our bed, much appreciated. Great to know customer care is paramount.

Mrs Brooks

Hi. Spoke to Mr Withers today and visiting to review the bed on Thursday morning. He reported that the bed is fantastic and is really pleased with it. Many Thanks for all your help in arranging this, it has made a significant difference to Mr Withers’ life.

Sharon

I just wanted to email to say thank you for organising the swift delivery of the bed for my client. The client and family are very happy with the product and it being the first hi lo bed I have ordered, I am impressed with it too. Completely meets my client’s needs.

Jenny

Thank you so much for all your helping in getting a bed sort, Jason is now able to come home for Christmas we are so grateful. So thank you for everything.

Rebecca

Dear Mark, Thank you for the speedy attention to my problems yesterday. Thank you so much. YOU’VE CHANGED MY LIFE !!!!

Jerry

Yes of course you made the process very easy to us and incredible customer service so would definitely highly recommend! We will of course wait to here from you on the arrival of the recliner chair to sort delivery.

Gemma