Abacus Healthcare, a leading specialist in power-assisted baths, has launched a diverse communication programme to educate healthcare professionals, families and disabled bathers about the benefits of accessible bathing versus adapted showering
Abacus Healthcare is a trusted and proven provider of specialist baths for disabled bathers. Supported by experienced assessors nationwide, its range of hi-lo baths with transfer seats and bathing platforms deliver enhanced care, dignity, comfort and safety. To illustrate the multiple benefits of bathing for many living with disability, Abacus has launched a new campaign entitled: ‘Why assisted bathing can be better than adaptive showering’. This educational initiative is aimed at improving the well-being of bathers through greater knowledge and to empower those families and Occupational Therapists (OT) applying for facilities grants. Social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook will provide key platforms for discussion regarding the subject with a view to all participants including ‘#BathingIsBetter’ in their comments and posts.
Despite a bathing culture in the UK, many Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) approvals and professional recommendations are tending towards bathroom showering adaptations instead of new hi-lo baths. An adaptive shower is commonly not first choice for disabled bathers and their families however Local Authorities may have budget restraints to consider. The viewpoint that an assisted bath can be more expensive to specify than conversion of an existing bathroom to an accessible wet room with adapted fixtures and fitting is not true in many situations. Hence Abacus has compiled professional and consumer-focused material that justifies the need for a bath instead of a wet room – essential information for parents of disabled children or OTs representing clients. This information is based on simple facts regarding legislation, safety, well-being and cost savings. Read more…..