How maintaining the ability to have a bath gives care home residents greater dignity and freedom
Looking at the benefits of the Ergo range of high dependency bathing systems when it comes to clients’ wellbeing, Newlands, part of Warwickshire-based charity WCS Care, discusses why it believes clients’ lives don’t have to change when they move into a care home.
Enabling people to continue enjoying what they’ve always done and having the opportunity to try new things is an overriding philosophy of care where freedom, choice and dignity are paramount, says Newlands.
Being able to bathe is an essential part of maintaining a routine of normality – for many with reducing functional decline and change, bathing can be one of the first areas of an individual’s routine that becomes affected.
Bonnie Burbury, Home Manager at Newlands in Kenilworth, explained the importance of enabling a ‘normal’ routine, especially when it comes to bathing.
She said: “It is really important to us that we create a homely, inviting atmosphere and promote WCS Care’s values along the way. Our ambition is to make every day well lived for each and every person in our care.
“Personal care can sometimes seem daunting for residents, so to be able to offer a comfortable, relaxing environment with facilities such as the Reval Cocoon Ergo bath is great – it increases the length of time a person may spend in the bath; beneficial for both personal hygiene and wellbeing.
“There are a lot of physical benefits too – with Multiple Sclerosis for example, or conditions that affect muscles, being able to soak in the bath may relax or stimulate muscles and have a positive impact.
“Many residents living at Newlands are unable to address their balance, meaning that bathing can be difficult at times. The moulded shape of the Ergo Bath provides the feeling of stability, support, and safety, meaning bathing feels safer and becomes a much more enjoyable experience.”
Ergonomically shaped with posture management built in, the Ergo range of high dependency bathing systems from Reval improve patient outcomes and wellbeing. The bath supports users to immerse deeper into the bath, providing a more comfortable and relaxing experience and giving back to the user freedom of choice between a bath or shower.
Bonnie added: “The Ergo has encouraged residents to use bathing facilities other than the shower. It enables them to relax and wind-down comfortably, whilst increasing a sense of wellbeing and independence.
“It also provides freedom when attending to personal hygiene routines by enabling those that can to independently wash their own hair -something that can often be taken for granted but provides a sense of empowerment and independence.
“We have a gentleman that much prefers a bath but before we had the Ergo Bath he refused and often used the shower instead. Since having the Reval bath, he uses it frequently, as the moulded seated end makes him feel secure yet free.”
With cutting edge innovation and user-friendly controls, the Ergo Bath features a touchless panel designed to reduce risk of cross-contamination, an important consideration for WCS Care.
Sharing hands-on experience of operating the Ergo Bath, Bonnie also discussed the positive impact the touchless system has had on staff: “Often you are covered in suds or are delivering care and you have to top up water or drain the bath. The touchless operating panel makes the bath really easy to use.
“It rises to a good height, and lowers to enable those who can to step in and out with ease. The design makes it easy to assist individuals, and with no fiddly buttons it makes the whole process more hygienic, as there are less points to harbour germs.”
The Cocoon Ergo is a stylish variable height, high dependency bathing system for use with most mobile and ceiling track hoists within the high dependency care environment. The Cocoon Ergo concept has an internally spacious design.
Ergonomically shaped, the keyhole shape allows bathers to immerse deeper into the bath providing a more comfortable and relaxing experience. The tub has tall side walls and a flat sloped floor. This is designed to accommodate the space taken up by the thickness of a stretcher. The design also provides more working space for care workers, which in turn makes bathing tasks more user-friendly and comfortable for care workers.