Maximising carer resources
Gainsborough baths incorporate a multitude of design aspects which assist with saving time. These provide operational benefits to carers, service users, management teams and facility owners. A major benefit is shorter bathing cycles which means more residents can be bathed in less time. This is achieved through bath features such as faster filling taps, depth level indicators and powered bather transfer seats with detachable transit trolleys. These optional onward transit facilities mean bathers can be seamlessly transferred in and out of the bathroom – again saving carer time and reducing moving and handing.
From a therapeutic point of view, specialist bathing solutions can also reduce pressures on staff by improving resident mood and behaviour. Bathing is regarded by many service users as a soothing and calming experience when compared to being assisted in a shower by a carer. Access to a full-length bath can strengthen engagement and positivity resulting in easier condition management and rehabilitation outside of the bathroom.
Increasing safety for all
Powered bather transfer seats also assist from a safety point of view. Manual lifting and lowering of bathers in and out of the bath is eliminated for carers along with the associated risks of musculoskeletal injury. Preventing back injuries amongst staff is a high priority for all healthcare providers to ensure carers are safe and avoid time off work due to illness. Equally, variable height functionality means engagement is possible at eye-level without the need to bend or stoop. Personal care can be administered with a healthy posture and without the risk of pain or discomfort. Overall, this benefits the carer–client relationship and underpins a positive bathing experience for all.
The ergonomic safety aspects of Gainsborough baths are complemented by their in-built antimicrobial protection – BioCote. This invisible silver-ion technology is integrated during the GRP manufacturing process so cannot be wiped or worn away. It provides 99.99% protection against microbes such as influenza A H1N1, E.coli and MRSA. It is a proven solution for advanced hygiene and can complement all existing infection control procedures.