Abacus 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:
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
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:
If you are a Housing Occupational Therapist, most of your career is spent thinking about bathing in terms of how essential it is for a person to bathe. Shaping our clinical reasoning has been the rhetoric of health and social care legislation, where we have to judge the needs upon the merits of a person’s “medical” requirement to bathe. All too often, this line of clinical reasoning leads to those conversations where we hear yourselves murmuring those fateful words “that’s a want, not a need.”
We even comfort ourselves with the nonsensical belief that a person’s want or desire to have a bath is, somehow, comparable with most people’s aspiration to have the latest luxury gadget! Thank goodness then for the Care Act (2014), which places well-being and a person’s aspirations at the centre of the assessment process. Because of the new rhetoric of the Care Act, we want to explore how occupation-focused practice can help us to explain the well-being benefits of bathing.
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 Nottinghamshire company behind the revolutionary new shock-absorbing wheels, Loopwheels, are looking forward to another great show at Mobility Roadshow in May. Last year’s show at Castle Donington was a huge success for them.
Director Gemma Pearce says: “We had a fantastic show last year. Loopwheels were brand new on the mobility market. People came straight to our stand to try loopwheels on their chairs, and there was plenty of opportunity for people to test out the wheels on the grass, paving and kerbs near our stand. We took a lot of orders at the show and have many happy customers as a result! There was a real buzz around the stand.
We’re very much looking forward to this year’s show at Silverstone, particularly as it’s such an iconic venue. We now sell loopwheels through stockists in 13 countries around the world. We’re really proud to manufacture a British-designed product in the UK, and although I’m expecting a UK audience at the show itself, I think many of our customers abroad who follow our news will really connect with a world famous British name like Silverstone.”
Theraposture, the preferred specialist for quality assistive beds and cots, will be demonstrating its leading products and OT support programme along with offering an iPad Air 2 free prize draw on stand D30 at the OT Show (NEC, 25-26 November, 2015).
Theraposture will also be the main sponsor for the new Paediatric Trail and will be sharing a stand with the Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – its long-standing charity partner. As one of the main features on the Paediatric Trail, which highlights innovators within care for young people, the Theraposture stand will include a wide variety of content this year. In addition to offering the opportunity to win an iPad by simply registering on the stand, the Theraposture Trusted Assessors will be on hand to explain why their service is second-to-none in terms of OT and client support. Read more…..
It may be the smallest room in the house, but the bathroom is the most dangerous one in the home.
This is due to a blend of complex activities (occupations), restricted space, humidity and its wet environment – the combination of which can lead to accidents and injuries.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) can help design safety features for bathroom layouts and also choose the appropriate products to meet the client’s needs, avoiding potential injuries.
When designing a bathroom, a client’s unique goals should be prioritised. OTs need to involve their clients in the decision-making process regarding layout and products, while clearly explaining why certain design features or specific products are being recommended.
Below are six tips to safer design in the bathroom, from the simple to the complex:
Always recommend R10 (1) rated slip-resistant flooring, reducing potential slips and falls. Remember that slip-resistant flooring does not always have to be ‘lino’; there are some excellent R10 rated tiles which can create a less institutional look.
It is important to know how organisation can assist Occupational Therapists (OTs) and their clients who live with memory impairment, brain injury or learning difficulties. A client’s independence relies on a clear strategy for organising their daily routines, medication and social life.
Strategies for memory loss Some people in the early stages of dementia or memory loss will begin to find it increasingly difficult to maintain their schedules and manage money. They may be reluctant to ask for help and this can lead to covering up errors which can be a major source of stress. Learning new coping skills and strategies can bring about a renewed sense of accomplishment for people with dementia. OTs helping someone manage their daily routine should consider the following:
The problem: make a list of tasks that have become more challenging read more…