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:
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
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
Theraposture provide the widest choice of tailor-made solutions so that an infinite variety of needs can be met for users of all shapes, weights and sizes. This product flexibility is a major benefit to OTs which is supported by an equally adaptable and professional approach to working with OT’s. The experienced and accredited team of nationwide Trusted Assessors work closely with OTs to ensure positive outcomes are achieved for all through assessment-based equipment provision and 14-day suitability guarantees.
A major benefit to OTs
At the OT Show Theraposture will be available to explain why and how its extensive product range remains first choice for many OTs and their clients. Focusing on its proven turning bed portfolio, the Trusted Assessors will be demonstrating a LOW access Rotoflex 175 (175Kg SWL) and a Bariatric Rotoflex 300 (300kg SWL).
The LOW access Rotoflex 175 bed provides the ultimate assistive solution for smaller clients so they can move from a recumbent to a seated position independently. At its lowest position, this Rotoflex provides a distance of only 43.5cm between the floor and mattress surface, which combined with an ergonomic seat depth, this allows users with shorter legs to sit more comfortably by getting their bottom to the back of the seat.
Ideal for users weighing up to..…..read more
Kate Sheehan, a highly experienced Occupational Therapist, will deliver an engaging seminar at the OT Show that considers the importance of ‘play’ when bathing children.
Date: Wednesday 25th November, 2015
Time: 11:45am – 12.15pm
Location: Showcase Theatre, OT Show, NEC – Birmingham
Seminar Title: ‘Bathing – the right to play’
Speaker: Kate Sheehan, Occupational Therapist – in association with Abacus Healthcare
Play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter and education are vital to develop the potential of a child according to the United Nations. In the UK, many children play at bath time yet it is not often a primary consideration within an Occupational Therapist’s recommendations during the assessment process. This session will explore ‘play’ as an occupation and consider how legislation and clinical reasoning can be used to support the necessity of a bath in the design process.
A recognised leader in specialist bathing for over 25 years, Abacus Healthcare works closely with care providers, therapists and families to ensure children with disabilities can bathe in comfort, dignity and safety. Read more….