Applewood Respite Centre in Tadworth, Surrey, is providing safer bathing thanks to a unique variable-height bath from Abacus Healthcare.

Opened in 2011, Applewood is a respite care centre for local families with disabled children aged between five and eighteen. With six beds currently, the centre is looking to expand its services so that it can support a further fifteen families across the Surrey County. Offering a mix of day-care and support services for overnight breaks, Applewood can accommodate children with a variety of conditions including Autism, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. A range of specialist facilities, including assisted bathrooms with patient handling equipment, ensure a safe, relaxing and comfortable living environment for the children when they stay at Applewood.

After careful consideration, Abacus Healthcare was selected to supply and install a Scorpio Plus bath with integrated changing and drying platform and powered transfer seat. The bath can be raised to the most comfortable working height for carers, minimising the risk of injury and back pain. The transfer seat can also be detached and used as a wheelchair eliminating the number of transfers between the bathroom and other rooms. This makes bathing a safer, quicker and more enjoyable experience for both the carer and bather.

Elizabeth Mahdi, Centre Manager and qualified nurse, explains: “Here at Applewood, we are 100% focused on providing the very best care for our young people. We offer a variety of flexible care packages to families and always complete a series of comprehensive assessments prior to offering a place.” Read more….