Who doesn’t love a nice warm bath to relieve aches and pains? Or maybe a long hot shower to wash away the stress of the day? For many of us the bathroom is a haven, however for people living with disabilities the bathroom can be a very different place. A simple task such as bathing can pose a number of problems to a person living with disabilities. Mobility issues can mean that the bathroom is a difficult place to navigate and extra support is required.
Having gained the moniker “The Most Dangerous Room in the House” the bathroom certainly lives up to its reputation. The American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2008 that over 21.8 million people sustained an accidental injury in the bathroom. With so many potential hazards care needs to be taken to avoid any slips, falls or accidents.
At Nordic Care, we want to help make the Bathroom a safe and accessible place for all. Our ability to bath unaided is often something that is taken for granted until it is taken away. We want to ensure that as many people as possible keep their independence when bathing . We offer a variety of solutions that can aid in comfortable and easy independent bathing.
However we are aware that this isn’t possible for all. This is why we strive to ensure all our assisted bathing solutions maintain the dignity of the user.
Nordic Care’s Top Tips for Assisted Bathing
Bathing is often a very private matter. It is essential to maintain the persons dignity when helping with their personal hygiene. Assisting someone bathing takes a lot of tact, care and respect. Here are some tips that can help when assisting someone with bathing.
Communicate: Be clear and open. Make sure the person you are assisting knows what is going to happen and that they are comfortable with it. Listen to the persons directions and always be respectful of their wishes.
Support: Encourage the person to assist in their own bathing as much as possible. Give them a sponge or a flannel to clean themselves. Assist in places they are unable to do themselves.
Time- Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to assist the person bathing. Be patient and try not to rush them.
Warmth: Make sure the bathroom is warm and inviting to entice the person to bath. Ensure the bath or shower water is at an appropriate temperature and that the bather is not a risk of becoming too cold or scalding themselves. Once the person is finished bathing make sure you have warm towels to hand for them to dry off in.
Prepare: Make sure you have all you need to bathe the person close. Gather soaps and shampoos so they are close at hand and ready to use. Lay out clothes before bathing that the person can change in to once they are finished.
How We Can Help
The following products can be used in both independent and assisted bathing situations and can help provide extra care and support in the bathroom.
A safe and comfortable bath board with non-slip friction linings for a secure placement. The fresh bath board is available in two different sizes and available with or without a handle. The board provides a comfortable and secure seat for those who find it difficult to lower themselves into the bath. Four friction linings make the bath board stay securely in place on the bathtub and its front edge, placed on the bathtub’s outer side, is wide to provide maximum support for transfers. The mid-section of the bath board is narrowed off to allow ease of access for intimate hygiene. A fantastic feature of the bath board is that it has an easily accessible place to store shampoo or soap.
For people who like to soak in the tub but find it hard lowering themselves in and out of the bath the Rufus Lowered Bath Chair is an ideal solution. The Rufus bath chair provides a safe and comfortable seat 19 cm below the edge of the water. Allowing the user to soak away in a safe and comfortable seat. The seat has a back rest for extra comfort and support. The chair is available in two different sizes to make sure you have the perfect fit.
A fantastic product to ensure the safe entering and exit of the bath. This rotating bath seat is made out of a sturdy stainless steel structure which is covered with an anti-scratch epoxy painting. The rotating bath seat can be locked into position to allow the user to sit comfortably. The perforated structure of the seat enables quick drainage of water, providing a non-slip seat. The rotating bath seat will fit baths up to 70cm wide. This rotating bath seat comes with securing bolts and seat locking for the 4 locking positions.
This Wall Mounted Shower Seat is perfect for small spaces. The shower chair comprises of a lightweight plastic seat which is mounted on a coated sturdy steel frame. The blow moulded plastic seat has holes for water drainage to prevent a slippy surface. Cut out handles provide extra security for the user. The handles allow the user to grip onto the shower seat for additional stability when seated and during transfers. The legs of the Rumble wall mounted shower seat are fitted with non-slip rubber tips to provide additional safety and stability for the user. The height adjustable legs also allow the user to easily adjust the sitting height from 37cm – 53cm, to suit the individual user’s needs. With a folding mechanism the Rumble Wall Mounted Shower Seat is ideal for when space is at a premium.
Etac Edge Low Shower Stool fits perfectly in the shower corner where the walls can provide back support for the user. Etac Edge can also be used the other way around as a saddle seat seating which can relieve strain on an aching hip.
The Shower Stool has a contoured seat with a non-slip pattern and oval drainage holes. The low height makes it suitable for children and small adults.
The push button lock function in the legs makes it easy to both fit and remove the legs. The oval shaped telescopic legs prevents them from turning when adjusting the height. This means that the higher seat height, the bigger footprint. The non-slip ferrules squeeze away the water and adapt perfectly to the floor. These features provide a stable and comfortable seat.
Let Nordic Help.
Whether you’re looking for a product to aid you with independent bathing or a solution to help you assist with someone else’s bathing, at Nordic Care we can help find the best product to suit you. For more information give our friendly and reliable team a call on 01495 723 201.