Britain is a nation of bath-lovers, compared with other nations who largely prefer showers and even laugh at the way we seem to enjoy wallowing in a tub rather than standing under an invigorating spray.
But for many care home residents, taking a bath is so much more than an act of hygiene. The sensation of weightlessness can bring temporary respite for weakened muscles and arthritic joints. The sleep-inducing warmth relaxes the whole body, clears the mind and prepares the bather for a calm night. If cognition has been affected by conditions such as dementia, this familiar ritual can also calm a confused mind.
Bathing is also more considerate of the resident’s dignity as, submerged in the water and surrounded by the sides of the bath, they feel less exposed than when standing in a shower cubicle.
Bathing also creates opportunities for additional therapies to be used. Prescribed ointments and essential oils can be added to the bath water, while chromotherapy and hydrotherapy can be included as part of the bathing session to promote physical and mental stimulation.
But these factors are not just ‘nice to haves’ on the wish-lists of care home residents or their families. The right to be cared for with dignity are enshrined in The Human Rights Act and regulated in England by the Care Quality Commission.
Eastern Adaptations provides accessible bathing solutions to residential care homes throughout the UK. With their own assessment and installation teams to take every project from concept to completion and a comprehensive range of products designed to make accessible and assisted bathing safe, dignified and cost-efficient, they are the first choice for all residential care providers looking to create or improve facilities.
For more information on their complete product range and services, call Eastern Adaptations on 0800 955 8810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.