One man’s fight against the degeneration caused from Multiple Sclerosis is taking place in….the bathroom.
Ian Westgate (64), from Eastbourne, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than 30 years ago, but has always fought against the illness’ impact, to the extent he is a leading campaigner for accessibility in the area, and chair of Eastbourne Access Group.
As his condition has deteriorated, requiring greater input from his wife Clare, he has “succumbed” and purchased a Closomat Palma Vita shower (wash & dry) toilet.
bathstore, the UK's leading specialist bathroom retailer, is extremely proud to introduce it's new Easy Bathing range, designed specifically to make beautiful bathrooms accessible to everybody.
bathstore has long recognised that a bathroom is a complex and personal purchase, where the customers’ wants and needs are at the heart of the journey, from inspiration to installation. The new Easy Bathing range puts this philosophy into practice, creating a collection of stylish bathroom products tailored to every customer.
Modern fittings make designing stylish and accessible bathrooms easier than ever before.
Providing bathrooms that are accessible and appealing to both able and less able is a design challenge. Less able does not just mean those who are registered disabled where specific facilities such as bath hoists may be needed but the many who suffer less serious problems that can make life difficult. Although it is true to say that accessible bathrooms can be ugly, this does not have to be the case. Choosing the right, well designed fittings can make life easy for less able users without spoiling the visual appeal of the room or limiting its use.
This year's World Continence Week is June 19-25. The theme, Incontinence: No laughing matter, tackles a common response by people to laugh off incontinence, accepting it as an inevitable part of childbirth or ageing, not a health issue requiring specialist treatment.
With a staggering 14 million people a year in the UK suffering from bladder and bowel conditions, spread the word, reduce the stigma, know that you are not alone and know that there are things you can do to improve the condition.
Bladder and bowel control problems can be treated, better managed and even cured.
A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has had his dream bathroom fitted out with adjustable products from Pressalit Care.
Thomas Dixon, who lives with his mum and dad in Darlington, is delighted with the new bathroom – especially the lime green colour he selected for the shower chair and arm supports.
To allow Thomas the freedom to move around the house with the space and ease of access he requires, his parents bought a new bungalow, and for the last 18 months have been adapting it with three extensions to suit their needs.
Essential Bathing is pleased to introduce to the UK the OASIS bath range. Currently selling in the U.S.A, the baths are built to the highest standard and give the best range of optional extras on the market today. Options such as heated seat and back, Chromotherapy light , air and water jet spa systems, water re heater, Aromatherapy, MP3 player and even a water proof TV.
Built in an acrylic composite, the shell is much stronger than normal and resists mold and staining. The door and jamb are made in aluminium for extra safety and strength. Front and side panels are included.
Abacus Healthcare, a leading choice for healthcare professionals seeking power assisted baths for clients, has successfully showcased its ‘#BathingIsBetter’ campaign to high numbers of Occupational Therapists attending the OT Show (Stand F42, NEC, 23-24 November).
Consort Claudgen’s range of low surface temperature heaters are designed to minimise the risk of burn injuries as they have a maximum surface temperature of 43°C, complying with NHS Estates Health Guidance Notes guidelines. They are perfect for environments with vulnerable people such as children and elderly residents; and therefore ideal for schools, nurseries, retirement homes, hospitals and anywhere where safety is paramount. The LST range includes towel rails, panel heaters and wall-mounted fan heaters, well suited for both commercial and domestic use.
Lagooni BV was established by Paul Kampshoff. An industrial designer with South African roots, Paul had been working as an industrial designer for his own company Vision XP for several years before he started Lagooni. At Vision XP he also developed products for functionally impaired people. He relies on his own experiences for his designs.
The most rigorous regime to test maximum weight capacity is applied by Pressalit Care to give ultimate peace of mind and confidence to users of its range of accessible bathroom products.
Pressalit Care’s washroom and sanitary ware is specifically designed to improve bathroom use for those with limited mobility. Its products, many of which can be adjusted vertically or horizontally for greatest flexibility, include shower seats, washbasins, arm rests and handrails, with each put through rigorous testing procedures to ensure it is able to withstand even the most extreme real-life situations.
New from Pressalit Care for 2016 is an ergonomically designed wash basin – the New Matrix Curve - that features a curved front edge and sloping sides. Just as much at home in a Changing Places facility as it would be in an educational, care or residential institution, the New Matrix Curve basin has all the features you would expect to make this perfectly suited to users with limited mobility.
The sleek and attractive basin incorporates softly shaped, wide, sloping side edges that enable users to lean in and rest their elbows comfortably for stability and support. The curved front edge means both standing and seated users can be close enough to the basin to operate the tap, while the shallow bowl provides ample room underneath for wheelchair users.