Keeping Mum & Dad At Home: Bathroom Aids
A slip or a fall can cause very minor or very serious injuries, depending on the circumstance. They are very common in the bathroom due to baths/showers and spills of water. The older we are or the less mobile we are, can increase the impact they have on our bodies so if there is any chance of us decreasing the chances of them, then we should take the opportunity to do so as they can have a huge influence on our everyday lifestyle, independency, confidence and mental health.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, over 30% of adults over the age of sixty-five, have at least one fall a year due to their own health e.g. muscle weakness, mobility, poor eyesight and balance problems. Although, not all falls results in bodily injuries,
The event saw athletes competing in 13 sports and Motor Activities Training, including Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Pitch & Putt and Table Tennis.
Over 2,500 volunteers were on hand to judge competitions, guide athletes to various events and provide catering, entertainment, transportation and medical back-up and Beechfield Healthcare was delighted to be a part of the event, supplying all wheelchairs and shower commodes for the competitors of the Special Olympics in DCU & National indoor Arena.
Both athletes and volunteers travelled back to the four corners of Ireland with great memories of this year’s event with President Michael D Higgins praising their attitude and achievements when he said the athletes involved “have refused to be defined or limited, by any narrow stereotypes that might still linger in any corner of our society”, adding that they
With the weather to take a turn for the worse this week, everyone, especially the elderly, needs to take extra care. The consequences of a fall are far more serious for the elderly and that’s why they need to take precautions and mind themselves in the bad weather.
Whether it’s the slippy footpath or something hidden by the ice or snow, there is no way of predicting a fall and it can happen suddenly. Sometimes being prepared for the worst can be the only way to prevent these trips and falls. Some of these precautions are things you can do for yourself and others are things you can do around your home.
- In icy weather and conditions, wear sensible, flat shoes with non-slip soles. If you really need to go outside, try to limit the walking you will be doing. (It is so important for elderly people to wear well-fitting shoes every day, not just during the bad weather!)
- Have your eyes tested regularly. Poor
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Now is a great time to start thinking about your Christmas list. A mobility or daily living aid is a thoughtful gift for elderly family and friends. Here are some considerate gift ideas that will make you very popular!
A commode is a mobile toilet, that is suitable for the bedroom and can be moved from one room to another.
Who uses a commode?
Commodes can be a life changing piece of equipment and are perfect for anyone who is bed bound, or recovering from an operation or an accident and needs a toilet solution nearby or downstairs to reduce walking distance. For the larger person, a bariatric version of the product may be more comfortable to use. We have a wide range of bariatric toilet seats, bariatric commodes and bariatric shower commodes. Most of our commodes are height adjustable which makes life easier for the user.
What does a commode look like?
A commode usually looks like a chair and can come with or without wheels. They are available in a range of colours and styles.to suit the users wants and needs. We also have commodes that look like normal wicker chairs for ultimate discretion.
Here at Beechfield Healthcare we believe that there are high quality products available to everyone that will make everyday life that bit easier. Likewise, we know that there are many products available to healthcare practitioners that can make their job much safer and minimise risk.
This is especially true for caregivers to bariatric patients. A huge part of bariatric healthcare focuses on reducing the risk of falling, reducing skin maceration and improving limited mobility.
We are delighted to announce that we now stock a large range of bariatric healthcare equipment which have been engineered specifically for patients with a weight capacity of up to 325kg. These products provide comfort and safety to the patient while also maintaining the safety of the caregiver.
Bariatric Walking Aids
A common issue that bariatric patients face when it comes to walking aids is that they do not trust these products to withstand their weight.
There is always an ongoing debate about what is the best pressure cushion on the market. Is there really one cushion that offers the optimum solution for pressure relief for all? In reality such a cushion doesn’t exist. However, at Beechfield Healthcare our state-of-the-art pressure mapping technology now offers you the opportunity find the optimum cushions for your patients.
What is a pressure map?
A pressure map is a computerised tool for assessing pressure distribution. To use it, you first place the thin sensor mat on a seat, wheelchair or mattress. When your patient sits or lies on the mat, a computer screen displays a heat-map of pressure distribution. The hotter colours (oranges and reds) indicate areas of higher pressures, and the cooler colours (blues) indicate areas of lower pressures.
Sample Pressure Map
By testing various cushions and their results on the chair we can help to find the best fit for each of your patients. OTs in particular
Top Ten Bathroom Products
Our wide range of bathroom products offers a solution to almost all of the everyday issues you can find in the bathroom if you have reduced or limited mobility. Fall prevention and the retention of bathroom privacy and independence are key to us all. The following products are our top 10 bathroom sellers.
- Bath, shower and toilet grab rails. One of the keys to bathroom safety is balance. By maintaining your balance, you are less likely to slip or trip and can prevent bad falls. A properly installed grab rail can provide balance assistance exactly where you need it.
- For a walk in shower a shower stool or chair allows users to sit down and bathe with ease.
- For safe bathing in the bath a bath chair or stool can help to make it easier to sit down in the bath.
- A long armed sponge can help with washing if you have reduced mobility.
- A toilet frame has armrest on each side to give you
The bathroom is one room that all of us use many times a day. For people who are not so steady on their feet or find bending and stretching difficult, going to the bathroom can become a challenge and is potentially dangerous in terms of slips and falls. Our extensive range of bathroom products will help you to retain your privacy and independence in the bathroom by making your visits safer and more comfortable.
What Bathroom Products Are Available?
Bathing aids like bath boards and bath chairs help with getting in and out of the bath. A Bath Lift is suitable for someone with lesser mobility to help them get in and out of the bath. With a bath lift you can electronically lower yourself down into the bath. For the shower we have a wide range of shower stools and shower chairs. Grab rails are a cleaver safety addition to any bathroom and help greatly in minimising falls.
The simple addition of a raised toilet seat or toilet frame can dramatically relieve the strain
In Ireland, a person who buys disability products is eligible for VAT relief. The term, ‘disability’, in this case, refers to people who suffer from both mental and physical disabilities. In this article, we will explain the criteria a person must meet and the processes they must follow in order to obtain VAT relief.
To find out if you are eligible to claim a VAT refund on your mobility product or daily living aid, take a read through the following criteria to see if you are applicable:
- You must live in Ireland.
- You must have a disability.
- You need the aid or appliance of a disability product to help with daily activities.
The following list of products for the disabled meet the criteria when attempting to reclaim VAT:
- Necessary domestic aids. Examples include eating and drinking aids