Ben Wilde, aged 32, lives with his family in Marchwiel and is supported by carers due to a range of challenging disabilities. Ben’s bathtime is now safer and more enjoyable thanks to a new Gemini bath from Abacus Healthcare
The Gemini, necessitated by Ben’s deteriorating health, is fully height adjustable and crucially provides an integrated variable height platform to assist with bathing, drying and changing.
Ben has severe epilepsy, osteoporosis, autism and is unable to communicate verbally. He shares the family home with his mother Dorne and his sister’s family, including his three nieces and nephews. Ben’s health began to deteriorate rapidly four years ago following a broken leg. Up until this point, Ben had managed to bathe in a standard bath with the assistance of his mother Dorne.
Dorne explains: “Ben used to be able to walk and stand up in our old standard bath to be washed. Unfortunately, after he broke his leg, Ben never recovered his mobility and his health has become worse. The doctors are investigating if Ben has developed a new condition and the epileptic seizures have also damaged his brain. As a result of these changes, we found ourselves unable to cope adequately with Ben’s bathing regime which to be honest became ridiculous. We did try a seat that rose up and down in the bath which helped somewhat, but I found I was too frightened to bathe him in case he fell again. The process didn’t feel secure or safe.”
Supported by Ben’s Occupational Therapist, the family applied for a Disabled Facilities Grant from Wrexham Council. This was to include improved bathing facilities as well as an extension to increase the size of Ben’s bedroom.
Dorne continues: “Social Services recommended we install a wet room. However, I felt strongly that this was not suitable for several reasons. Firstly in my opinion, it was too high risk due to Ben’s daily seizures and because he can break his bones so easily. Secondly, Ben very much enjoys bathing rather than showering. He doesn’t get much enjoyment out of life so this was a really important factor. He can stay in a bath for 10 to 30 mins and be happy – I was determined that he wouldn’t lose this.” …..read more
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.
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Abacus Healthcare will be demonstrating its popular Gemini and Scorpio power assisted baths at the Kidz-to-Adultz-Middle exhibition and providing essential literature regarding product ownership and Disabled Facilities Grants.
Thursday 16th March 2017, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE. Stand D4a.
Kidz-to-Adultz-Middle is organised by Disabled Living and provides a friendly and free opportunity for parents, therapists and carers to test and compare the latest products and services for disabled children and young adults. Product Specialists from Abacus will be available throughout the show to assist professional and consumer visitors on a one-to-one basis with their specialist bathing needs. They will be able to offer expert advice on product suitability and the process involved with obtaining an Abacus bath. Visitors will be able to take away a range of printed guides and case studies illustrating the benefits of bathing verses showering and how funding can be achieved more easily through a Disabled Facilities Grant.
As part of the ‘#BathingIsBetter’ campaign, this literature includes simple information for families and more in-depth details for healthcare professionals. All visitors are encouraged to share their experiences and advice on Facebook and Twitter using the campaign hashtag. Downloadable pdfs of the guides are also available on the Abacus website in the new ‘Downloads’ Section.
In terms of products on stand D4a, Abacus will be demonstrating the Gemini and Scorpio baths as well as a variety of supports and cushions enabling the perfect fit for every client. The power assisted Gemini is a leading choice for families and therapists as it is the only bath available that has a double lift feature. This allows the bath to lifted in two stage – firstly to immerse the bather in a controlled manner and secondly to raise the Gemini up to a safe working height and for easier eye-level engagement. When entering the Gemini bathers can position themselves, or be positioned, on the integrated platform which reduces the need to be lowered into the bath. This platform ensures transfers, changing and drying are more efficient and comfortable for the bather whilst carers can avoid excessive bending or lifting.
The Scorpio will also be available for trials – it is a height adjustable bath that includes a powered bather transfer seat. This seat provides safe access for disabled bathers as they can be lifted rotated and lowered into the bath which negates the need for physical moving and handling assistance. The longer 1800mm version will be on show which provides more room for adults and older teens. http://www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/events/kidz-adultz-middle-event/
The need for Dementia care continues to grow at pace. Hence long term care facilities have an increasing need for specialist bathing solutions that deliver appropriate support and cost-effective performance. The new power assisted baths from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing provide the answer.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are approximately 850,000 individuals living with Dementia in the UK, a third of which reside in residential care or nursing homes. The overall number is likely to exceed one million by 2025 and latest predictions estimate this will soar to two million by 2051 – resulting in a greater demand for specialist Dementia care units.
Being able to provide appropriate and effective bathing solutions for larger numbers of Dementia patients is a real challenge for healthcare providers. Baths must have the capability to deliver utmost care and dignity whilst helping carers to operate in a safe working environment. Reducing moving and handling risks is critical so that carers and vulnerable bathers are protected from injury. With the rising cost of care regularly highlighted in the press, specialist baths need to also provide operational efficiencies so that care and nursing homes can maintain viable businesses. With reduced running costs and greater equipment ‘life value’, healthcare providers can continue to deliver quality care at a fair fee whilst ensuring sustainability and future growth.
Gainsborough Specialist Bathing has been the proven and trusted leader in assistive bathing solutions for over 30 years. It provides a comprehensive range of baths that includes electrically operated hi-lo functionality, bather transfer systems and a multitude of specialist features focused on the needs of disabled bathers and carers.
Accessible baths such as the new Gentona and reclining Sentes encompass pioneering ergonomics and functionality that reduce risk and maximize comfort. Each bath has been intelligently designed to lower utility costs and shorten bath cycle times so that more service users can be bathed in less time. These performance enhancements are critical in high-traffic care environments where multiple user baths are constantly in operation. Gainsborough continues to be regarded as ‘thought leaders’ in Dementia bathing with an intensive R&D programme that involves therapists, end users and specifiers. Together these dedicated professionals continue to enhance their knowledge of Dementia so that equipment evolves to meet current and future challenges.
Bathing service users with Dementia can be one of the most challenging activities that carers may face. It is essential that personal care is delivered in a sensitive and dignified manner. However as the act of bathing is an intimate experience, many with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias may perceive it to be unpleasant.
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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.
Abacus, will be offering free information at Kidz to Adultz North that assists with grant applications (Stand B14, EventCity, Manchester, 17 November).
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: http://www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/events/help-grant-applications-accessible-baths/
The Breaking More Boundaries Conference is an annual event managed by Community Case Management Services(CCMS). CCMS is a leading provider of case management rehabilitation services throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and Worldwide providing quality of life solutions for severely injured adults and children. This respected organization invited us to showcase our popular Gemini hi-lo bath at their most recent conference held at Newbury Racecourse – which was attended by legal representatives, case managers, healthcare professionals and families affected by disability. Read more….