Ben continues to access pleasurable bathing at home thanks to new Gemini height adjustable platform bath

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
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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 Healthcare Demonstrate Gemini Bath at the Personal Care exhibition, DLC Nottingham

‘Personal Care’ is a free-to-attend event that provides visitors with the opportunity to see and compare the latest products to assist people with a range of disabilities. Paediatric and bariatric solutions will be on display, and this includes variable-height baths, showers, bath lifts, transfer chairs and other such aids to assist with daily hygiene. Among a list of exhibitors, Abacus Healthcare will be demonstrating its Gemini hi-lo platform bath.

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Abacus Healthcare Demonstrate Unique Assistive Bath at Choice Unlimited

Assistive bathing by Abacus Heathcare

Abacus Healthcare will be demonstrating their popular Gemini power-adjustable bath at Choice Unlimited in Leicester tomorrow. 16 April 2015.

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The Aquanova Gemini is an ideal accessible bath for domestic bathrooms. The Gemini is a height adjustable bath and its unique 3-in-1 changing, drying and bathing platform makes bath-time more pleasurable for both the carer and the bather, and reduces potential back-strain for the carer.​

Experience Abacus Healthcare’s Assistive Baths at Kidz-in-the-Middle

Kidz-in-the-Middle, March 19 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, is one of the largest, FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, their families and the professionals who work with them.

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Abacus Healthcare will be demonstrating a number of bath models from our Aquanova bath range including the popular Gemini.

This unique bathing solution includes an integrated, height adjustable platform suitable for bathing, drying and changing children in a safe and comfortable manner. It’s variable height operation also ensures carers or parents can bathe children at a safe working height, without the need to bend or lift – reducing the risk of back injury and enhancing the overall bathing experience for all.

With the ability to try out our baths and accessories hands-on, visitors to Kidz-in-the-Middle can discover how our baths can make a real difference to the well-being and happiness of disabled children.

We’ll be on stand E17, please come along and see us!

For FREE Visitors tickets
Please Call: 0161 607 8200
Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Abacus Healthcare makes bathing more enjoyable for Southampton family

28-year-old Katherine Orman from Southampton, who lives with severe disabilities, can now experience the pleasure of being bathed at home thanks to a Gemini platform bath from Abacus Healthcare.

Disabled Katherine and her mother Gillian, are enjoying bath-time again thanks to a Gemini assistive bath supplied by Abacus Healthcare

Disabled Katherine and her mother Gillian, are enjoying bath-time again thanks to a Gemini assistive bath supplied by Abacus Healthcare

 Katherine requires 24-hour care from her mother, Gillian, and a Social Services care team. As Katherine has grown, bathing her at home had become extremely difficult and resulted in more bed washing. Since Katherine is unable to walk, moving her between rooms, from her bed and into the bath, requires transfer equipment such as hoists and wheelchairs. Although these have resolved many moving and handling issues, bathing Katherine in a standard bath was still problematic. It was especially challenging for carers who had to manually lift Katherine in and out of the bath. This situation improved dramatically when Abacus Healthcare was commissioned to install a powered, height-adjustable bath with built-in changing platform.

 Gillian explains: “I first discovered this bath at the local Bradbury centre which provides respite care for disabled individuals and their families. I enquired about their Gemini and decided this style of bath would be perfect for Katherine. The care team were more than happy to help me bathe Katherine and demonstrate all the features it provided. As it has an integrated height-adjustable platform, I could change Katherine above the water line and lower her gently into the temperature-controlled water to bathe. This meant additional transfers could be avoided and my back was protected against potential injury.”

 Gillian continues: “Bath-time was supposed to be a relaxing, pleasurable experience for Katherine and I. However in reality, using a standard bath meant each visit to the bathroom was very stressful. Bathing at home was becoming impossible, as Katherine would get agitated when I’d mention bath-time and I would be anxious about damaging my back.”

 Gillian contacted her local council and her Occupational Therapist, Pauline Dix to enquire about the possibility of a powered bath being installed in her home. Following home assessments to identify the specific challenges that the Ormans were facing, Pauline approached Abacus Healthcare to assist with the project and installation of a new bath.

 Abacus Area Sales Manager, David Bertorelli, visited several times to provide guidance and offer support throughout the installation process. David assessed Katherine’s needs, the requirements of her primary carer, Gillian, and to understand the moving and handling challenges they faced day-to-day. It was then clear the Gemini bath would match her bathing needs perfectly, enhanced further by a more accessible bathroom.

 David completed a full survey and supplied room layout designs to ensure maximum access for a wheelchair and hoists. Before and during the bathroom conversion, David liaised directly with the building contractor to ensure all bath pre-installation requirements were met. This allowed the specialist Abacus fitters to install the Gemini bath in a matter of hours. David then returned to provide user training after completion.

 Gillian summarised: “I can honestly say our new Gemini bath has improved our lives and happiness no-end. Being able to manoeuvre around the bathroom quickly and easily is so crucial. I have also been free of back pain for the first time in a long while. I can now comfortably bathe Katherine everyday and when I say ‘bath-time’ to her, Katherine’s eyes light up and she gives me a big smile which is quite simply priceless.”

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SPECIALIST BATHING WORKSHOP FROM ABACUS PROVES POPULAR

Abacus Healthcare held a successful specialist bathing workshop at Cornwall Mobility Centre, Truro, which was attended by healthcare professionals looking to gain the latest guidance regarding best practice on assisted bathing.

Picture caption: The latest Abacus Healthcare, specialist-bathing workshop at Cornwall Mobility Centre was a success. Several attendees pictured from left to right: Wendy Hughes, Assistant Assessor; Rebecca Brampton, Assessor; Melanie Brown, Occupational Therapist Senior Assessor and Showroom manager; David Bertorelli, Regional Sales Manager for Abacus Healthcare. In the Gemini bath – Gwendoline Tresidder, Occupational Therapist.

Picture caption: The latest Abacus Healthcare, specialist-bathing workshop at Cornwall Mobility Centre was a success. Several attendees pictured from left to right: Wendy Hughes, Assistant Assessor; Rebecca Brampton, Assessor; Melanie Brown, Occupational Therapist Senior Assessor and Showroom manager; David Bertorelli, Regional Sales Manager for Abacus Healthcare. In the Gemini bath – Gwendoline Tresidder, Occupational Therapist.

Abacus works closely with therapists and families to create safe, accessible bathrooms within the home, special schools and residential care settings. Its popular range of Aquanova baths, patient hoists and specialist toilets provide safety and comfort to children and adults with disabilities. Its products also help carers avoid potential back and muscle injury, by removing the need for unnecessary manual handling during transfers.

As part of a national programme of educational seminars for healthcare professionals, the Abacus workshop in Truro focused on the importance of bathroom layout, equipment selection and best practice in patient handling. Led by Abacus Regional Sales Manager, David Bertorelli, the half-day session involved hands-on demonstrations of the Gemini height-adjustable platform bath. The Gemini is a popular choice for professionals and care providers as it includes a 3-in-1, changing, drying and bathing platform. David showed how the height adjustment of the platform and the bath itself helps to provide a safer and more pleasant bathing experience for both bathers and carers.

The workshop received positive feedback from attendees with David Bertorelli concluding: “I would like to thank Cornwall Mobility Centre for supporting Abacus with our latest bathing workshop. We believe that a hands-on approach is essential when conducting training seminars for healthcare professionals. It provides time to openly discuss issues and consider practical, safe solutions. More bathing workshops are planned and personally, I would recommend healthcare professionals attend if they are looking to gain specialist advice.”

To arrange a specialist bathing workshop or training session, please telephone Abacus Healthcare on: 0800 988 6360.

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NEW INTERACTIVE ABACUS HEALTHCARE WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED

Abacus Healthcare, a leading provider of accessible bathroom solutions, has launched a new, user-friendly website which provides expert guidance and easier access to all product information, the latest news plus a range of essential downloads.

The new Abacus Healthcare website is exceptionally user friendly and includes a new interactive product selector to assist care providers and healthcare professionals.

The new Abacus Healthcare website is exceptionally user friendly and includes a new interactive product selector to assist care providers and healthcare professionals.

Abacus Healthcare has worked closely with therapists and families for over 25 years to create stylish and ergonomic accessible bathrooms in domestic, residential care and special educational settings. Its popular range of Aquanova baths, patient hoists and specialist toilets ensure the well-being, dignity and comfort of children and adults with disabilities is always fully maximised. The quality of Abacus Healthcare products and its caring, professional approach to client support are now clearly reflected in this new website.

The launch of the new website also coincides with the recent introduction of the latest generation Gemini, Pisces and Aries baths from Abacus – now illustrated online with key features, technical specifications and all available options. These baths now provide even greater levels of care and durability, with smoother operation and whisper-quiet movement.

The new website home page includes a link to a new easy-to-use bath selector tool. This interactive tool allows visitors to choose the correct bath for individual needs in a simple, step-by-step manner. Once an appropriate bath is selected, viewers can then contact Abacus Healthcare for a free, no-obligation working demonstration at their home or work-place.

Within the product pages on the website, Abacus has included a suite of product videos plus an extensive range of useful, downloadable documents available free of charge for care providers and specifiers. Abacus prides itself by providing a complete support package for families requiring an accessible bathroom – from initial assessment, through to precision installation, user training and life-time after-sales care.

For further details, please visit the new website at www.abacushealthcare.co.uk