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.
Hand-built in Great Britain, Gainsborough manufactures the widest range of proven accessible baths that deliver greater care, dignity and safety in care homes and hospitals. Through the assistance of powered height adjustable, bather transfer seats and other specialist design features, disabled bathers with conditions such as dementia can experience a more pleasant bathing experience. Moving and handling risks are also reduced and carers are protected from potential back and muscle injury – helping to reduce potential staff sickness levels. Gainsborough is regarding as the respected leader by many healthcare providers and offers a holistic service from initial site survey through to bathroom design, installation and after sales support.
Gainsborough has complete confidence in the quality and reliability of its products and believes this peace of mind should be extended further with its clients. Hence all new Gainsborough baths, including the flagship and highly versatile Gentona, are now supplied with a comprehensive 2-year parts and labour warranty*. This offer illustrates Gainsborough commitment to providing durable, high performance baths that meet the challenges of high-traffic care environments. This warranty means purchasers and specifiers can rest assured that ongoing equipment budgets can be managed more effectively and efficient Gainsborough service technicians will ensure any potential down-time is minimised.
Gordon Farmiloe, Gainsborough Managing Director comments: “We are delighted to extend our warranty period to 2 years on all baths – providing even more assured performance and value to our customers. Our latest range of world-class hi-lo baths Read More>
The Marbrook Centre is a purpose-built specialist neurological and Dementia care centre near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire. This impressive new build has the facilities to care for 81 residents living with life-changing conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Injury, Stroke or Dementia.As the centre is focused on providing state-of-the-art rehabilitation and long term care for private and NHS funded clients, Marbrook required an assistive bath supplier that could be trusted – hence Gainsborough Specialist Bathing was selected.
Open from April 2016, this service will deliver the very best care outcomes for each individual and their families, in a contemporary high quality environment. Its neuro rehabilitation care ethos is highlighted in the level of investment including a two bedroom pre-discharge training flat. This is designed to enable individuals and their carers to gain the required skills and confidence to move on.
All bedrooms have an ensuite wet room plus easy access to a spacious accessible bathroom – each with either an Ascot or Kent 2 hi-lo bath with Air Spa provided by Gainsborough. These assistive baths include powered bather transfer seats and variable height to provide the highest quality care, safety and dignity for bathers along with a safe working height for carers. With the support of a carer, each transfer seat lifts, rotates and lowers a bather into the bath in a safe and controlled manner. The bath and temperature controlled water can then be raised so that the user can experience the hygienic and therapeutic benefits of bathing
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The Marbrook Centre is a purpose-built specialist neurological and Dementia care centre near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire. This impressive new build has the facilities to care for 81 residents living with life-changing conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Injury, Stroke or Dementia.
As the centre is focused on providing state-of-the-art rehabilitation and long term care for private and NHS funded clients, Marbrook required an assistive bath supplier that could be trusted – hence Gainsborough Specialist Bathing was selected.
Open from April 2016, this service will deliver the very best care outcomes for each individual and their families, in a contemporary high quality environment. Its neuro rehabilitation care ethos is highlighted in the level of investment including a two bedroom pre-discharge training at. This is designed to enable individuals and their carers to gain the required skills and confidence to move on.
“Gainsborough Specialist Bathing is exceptional to work with. The whole design, installation and bath commissioning process was smooth and fluid from start to finish. Every member of its highly professional team knew exactly what they were doing which made our job so much easier. They delivered on all their promises – they did everything we required and their timing was perfect. It was obvious that this specialist company has extensive experience and every employee is a credit to the business.
A crucial part of the service that Gainsborough provided was the onsite visits by technicians and the regional sales manager. These extra visits ensured all the pre-installation works, fitting and commissioning were completed on time resulting in a final install exactly as specified in the drawings. Time-and-again problems arise between contractors and product suppliers due to a lack of communication and onsite contact. Gainsborough was completely different – pro-active and hands-on, which helped us meet tight milestone targets and assisted with keeping my client happy. In over 25 years of healthcare construction, Gainsborough is easily the best specialist bath company I have dealt with. I would recommend Gainsborough Specialist Bathing to all contractors and developers working in the healthcare sector.”
Derek Paramanis, Contracts Manager, Lawrence Baker Limited
“DWA Architects have worked on number of projects with Gainsborough throughout the years, with the knowledge that our Clients will be receiving a state of the art product. Gainsborough understood our Client’s needs and provided flexibility with a range of specialist baths and features.The products will provide the resident and care assistant with reassurance of a safe and comfortable environment.”
This video demonstrates how to transfer a semi-ambulant bather into a Kent Series 2 hi-lo bath from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing.
This bath is installed at The Marbrook Centre, St Neots, Cambridgeshire which is a specialist neurological rehabilitation and long term care facility.
A new range of assistive baths from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing was launched at the end of 2015.
The equivalent hi-lo bath in the new range is the Gentona. Designed specifically for high-traffic wet environments, the Gentona is fully height adjustable and comes with powered transfer seat to deliver exceptional levels of care. With its energy-efficient keyhole shape and a variety of water-saving features, this versatile bathing system is designed to deliver high levels of performance yet it is still extremely economical to run.
Being height adjustable, the Gentona ensures a safe, comfortable working height for care staff, and its easy-to-clean surfaces help to reduce the risk of cross-infection. The powered transfer seat lowers to a convenient height for a wheelchair or hoist access and gently moves the bather in and out of the bath. http://www.gainsboroughbaths.com/product/assisted-baths/gentona