NATIONAL INNOFINLAND HONOURABLE MENTION 2005
Timoteos Oy, Pori: Standing frame 'Sopiva'
Timoteos Oy has introduced a standing frame under trade name 'Sopiva' for disabled children. One frame can be adjusted for a child from around 1.5 years up to 12 years of age and it can, with simple switching, be used both in supine and in prone standing. Managing Director Timo Lehtinen has developed the product from the point of view of the users' needs, on the one hand, and on the basis of the response from both professionals working with children and children's parents, on the other. The material is birch plywood, which gives the product a cosy appearance; this is important as the equipment is mostly used in the children's homes. Besides, birch plywood is a very durable, elastic, and environmentally friendly material. The equipment's functionality, easy use, and pleasant exterior are the key factors considered in the design.
The use of the frame 'Sopiva' for supine standing has shown very good results with children whose muscular control is reduced. Standing is used to prevent myatrophy in the lower extremities and to stress the joints, in order to maintain joint mobility and to prevent malpositions. Standing also has a good effect on the internal and respiratory organs. With the frame 'Sopiva' it is always easy to find an optimum standing position thanks to the various stepless adjustments.
Timoteos Oy was established in 1996. The enterprise specialises in the design and manufacture of standing, moving, and sitting equipment for disabled children. Timoteos started its export trade in 2000, and today the equipment is sold in ten countries in Europe. Export to other European countries, Australia, and New Zealand is under negotiation.
Timoteos Oy, Palorannantie 40, FI-28660 Pori
Managing Director Timo Lehtinen
Tel. +358 (0)2 637 8909, Fax +358 (0)2 637 8908