Every resident has the option to bathe or shower which is a key benefit in terms of hygiene and well-being. Each bedroom has an adapted shower however many residents prefer the pleasure and dignity of soaking in a bath. Being washed and sprayed on a shower chair is not as relaxing and many residents with dementia perceive the experience to be daunting. With access to a Gentona bath, semi-ambulant residents have a fully supported transition into water – delivered in a smooth and controlled manner. This can improve mood, mental health and physical mobility through the effects of immersion in temperature controlled water.
Gainsborough Specialist Bathrooms is a highly established manufacturer, supplier and installer of power assisted baths for the long-term care sector. It provides a comprehensive range of specialist baths that provide safer moving and handling in acute, nursing and residential settings. Its latest Gentona includes an array of new features that deliver operational savings, enhanced care and advanced anti-microbial protection at St Brendans.
The Gentona has built-in design and technology that reduces water consumption. This includes a key hole bathing space and auto fill options. This in turn reduces gas and electric overheads as lower hot water usage means less heating is required. Combined with faster filling and more efficient bather transfers, bathing cycle times are reduced so staff can attend to more residents in less time. Without compromising care, this reduces pressure on care teams and results in enhanced service provision around the home.
Each bath provides ergonomic comfort and security for users. The sculpted transfer seat includes swing-away nursing arms and a safety belt so residents feel reassured during transfer in and out of the bath. Postural support is provided when sitting in the bath and through the Gentona’s height adjustment, carers can fully engage with bathers at eye-level. This hi-lo functionality is crucial for safe working heights so the risk of musculoskeletal injury is minimised for carers. They can avoid excessive bending or stopping when washing residents especially with the integrated high-level shower facility.
Infection control is a top priority within all care facilities. This is why B&M Care has selected Gentona baths from Gainsborough as they include BioCote anti-microbial technology. Integrated during the manufacturing process, BioCote provides up to 99.99% protection against Influenza H1N1, E.coli, Salmonella and antibiotic resistant ‘Superbugs’ such as CRO, CRE, VRE and MRSA. BioCote is a highly established solution developed over 20 years however inclusion in an assisted bath is a world’s first. This pioneering technology, which cannot be worn off or wiped away, significantly reduces the risk of resident and carer illness.