Accessible Bathing Funding Literature Popular On Abacus Healthcare Stand at Kidz South

Abacus Healthcare has received healthy numbers of specialist bath enquiries, literature requests and entries to win its company Mascot ‘Trevor the Turtle’ at Kidz-to-Adultz-South.

Abacus is a trusted and proven manufacturer of powered baths that provide accessible bathing for disabled children and adults. Its popular height adjustable Gemini and Scorpio baths were demonstrated at Kidz South to a large number of healthcare professionals and families. The Gemini has an integrated platform for easier changing and drying and the Scorpio encompasses a bather transfer seat for safer access. Alongside these two baths Abacus provided the opportunity to enter a free prize draw to win a cuddly toy ‘Trevor the Turtle’ and educational information regarding bath ownership.

Abacus believes that the provision of accurate information and advice is essential for OTs and parents so informed decisions can be made regarding suitable equipment provision. Read more….

Step-by-step guide ‘How to own a powered assistive bath’ now available

NEW: A FREE step-by-step guide ‘How to own a powered assistive bath’ now available.

Whether you are looking to bathe a disabled child or adult more easily, or you are an Occupational Therapist seeking the appropriate bathing solution for your client, then this useful guide will guide you through the steps to assistive bath ownership.

Download your copy here: http://www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/news/how-to-own-powered-assistive-bath/ to edit.

Abacus adjustable bath’s prize draw a huge success at Kidz to Adultz Middle

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Abacus is a long standing supporter of the Kidz events organized by Disabled Living and has recently demonstrated its popular Gemini and Scorpio accessible baths at the Coventry exhibition. With its variable height ‘double lift’ functionality and integrated changing, drying and bathing platform, the Gemini is a proven choice for safer and more comfortable bathing of disabled children. It eliminates the need to manually lift children in and out of the bath so excessive back strain can be avoided whilst reducing transfers so bathers remain relaxed and enjoy bath-time. This bath, as with all models in the Abacus range, is backed up by a comprehensive and caring service that deliver complete support from assessment through to fitting and after sales support. This friendly approach to solving specialist bathing needs has now been highlighted further by the chance to win a Trevor the Turtle at Kidz-to-Adultz-Middle.

Read more: http://www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/events/trevor-turtle-prize-draw-hugely-popular/

Demonstrating the Gemini hi-lo bath at Kidz to Adultz North 2016

Here we show our popular hi-lo bath, the Gemini, demonstrated by David Bertorelli at Kidz to Adultz North 2016. The Gemini bath is a fully height adjustable bath that comes with an integrated variable-height platform to assist with bathing, drying and changing.

http://www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/videos/demonstrating-gemini-hi-lo-bath/

Abacus Healthcare to provide free accessible bathing guidance to help with grant applications at Kidz North

Abacus, will be offering free information at Kidz to Adultz North that assists with grant applications (Stand B14, EventCity, Manchester, 17 November).

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Abacus powered baths provide greater safety, accessibility and comfort for disabled bathers and ensure carers can support at safe working heights. These hi-lo baths with and without bather transfer seats and integrated platforms provide a more pleasant and relaxing bathing experience. Moving and handling risks are reduced as manual transfers in and out of the bath can be eliminated.

Despite these baths being regarded as ‘necessary and appropriate’ for many families by Occupational Therapists, funding via a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) can regularly be rejected by local authorities. This can commonly be based on the perception that provision of a wet room or showering adaptations is more cost effective and that ownership of an assisted bath is not essential – in many situations this is not the case.

Hence to assist with justifying an accessible bath when applying for a DFG, Abacus Healthcare is providing free and informative printed literature, online guides, videos and social media content. This content is part of  the ‘#BathingIsBetter’ campaign from Abacus Healthcare which is helping Occupational Therapists and families submit more compelling grant applications. This educational programme will be available to all visitors attending Kidz to Adultz North. Read more…..

Abacus Healthcare’s New Assisted Bathing Educational Programme for OTs Showcasing at The OT Show 2016

people standing near assisted bathAbacus Healthcare, would like to invite all Occupational Therapists to see its educational programme regarding assisted bathing at the OT Show (Stand F42, NEC, 23-24 November).

The Abacus range of accessible baths with powered features such as height adjustment, bather transfer seats and integrated changing platforms deliver utmost care, dignity, comfort and safety to semi-ambulant users. They also ensure carers can assist at safe working heights and avoid the potential for back and muscle injury from excessive lifting and stooping. Nevertheless, many families with disabled children and relatives are unable to choose an Abacus bath as funding is commonly not permitted through a Disabled Facilities Grant.

Local Authorities can deem assisted baths not essential and more expensive than wet room conversions or showering adaptations. However, in many client cases there are several factors that justify the need for an accessible bath including legislative, economic and health-related benefits. Justifying a bath grant can be a challenge sometimes for OTs however the ‘#BathingIsBetter’ campaign by Abacus provides all the information required to submit a more compelling case:

ASSISTED BATHING VS SHOWERING

This campaign will be showcased in detail at the OT Show through –
‘#BathingIsBetter’ educational seminar
Presented by Kate Sheehan, OT
23rd and 24th November: 11:30-11:45 presentation / 11:45-12:30 Q&A session

Kate Sheehan Significance of Bathing
This informative and interactive presentation will review and highlight the key elements of the DFG and question why bathing is often neglected as an option to meet a client’s personal hygiene and occupational needs.
Key elements of the session will include:

  • DFG and bathing
  • Client choice and control
  • Bathing as a purposeful occupation .……read more

The Benefits of Assistive Bathing

A specialist Abacus power-adjustable bath (Hi-Lo bath) will provide safe and comfortable bathing for many users living with disability. If access to a standard bath is difficult or impossible, then a specialist Hi-Lo bath with powered functions will assist disabled bathers so they can get in and out more easily.

Assistive Bath for disabled childrenAbacus_Healthcare_HiLo_bathAbacus Hi-Lo baths can include powered bather transfer seats, height adjustment, integrated changing/drying platforms, additional adaptive features and bespoke postural supports.

All these functions deliver a more enjoyable bath-time for disabled adults and children and provide safer working heights for carers and parents. By eliminating manual lifting and lowering of disabled bathers carers can avoid potential back injury or muscle strain.

Healthcare professionals such as Occupational Therapists also appreciate the many benefits of safe access to a specialist bath for their disabled clients – in terms of improved wellbeing, dignity and care.

However when applying for a Hi-Lo bath through a Local Authority facilities grant, many families are only offered funding for an accessible wet room conversion. This commonly is not the preferred solution for disabled bathers and carers.

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Paul and Kerry Worthington

Most children and adults living with a disability in the UK prefer to bathe rather than shower. Nevertheless many Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) will only provide funding for accessible showering adaptations or wet rooms. This viewpoint can be regularly based on the misconception that an accessible bath is more expensive to specify than conversion of an existing bathroom – in many situations this is simply not true. The clear benefits of bathing versus showering when living with disability may also not be fully recognised or appreciated.

Healthcare professionals involved with bathing grant applications will assess what is ‘necessary and appropriate’ as part of their duty of care. However if a bath is not provided in some circumstances, a detrimental outcome on lifestyle, well-being and independence may be likely.

Hence if you decide that a Hi-Lo bath is the right solution for you, your disabled dependent or your client, Abacus has compiled the following information to help justify your opinion. Click here >> http://www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/disability-bathing/assisted-bathing-vs-showering/