Create a Resident-Friendly Bathing Area for Your Long-Term Care Facility
One of the most humbling and vulnerable positions someone can be put in is being bathed in a public facility. There are many things long-term facilities can do to provide honor and respect for their residents—no matter what their degree of mobility might be. Rane Bathing and Accessibility has been in the business for over three decades of creating bathing solutions for the health care field. They are always looking for innovative ways to make the bathing experience safe and positive. Think how the following changes will show future residents and their families that you honor and respect every one of your clients.
Atmosphere of Bathing Area
Instead of a cold, sterile, clinical feel with a hurried approach to get as many residents as possible bathed in assembly line style, consider creating a more personal touch to an event that can be scary to those who have spent their whole life bathing themselves. Rane’s accessibility tubs are styled to look and feel like a comfortable spa. These lovely tubs make bathing a welcome experience. Add to the comfort of that experience by adding some music, art, lighting and towels folded hotel-style.
Personalized Bathing Experience
Some facilities have found it better to have specially trained bathers (perhaps male and female) who take this job with the respectful approach it deserves. With the same few people assisting with baths, they can keep a log of the preferences of each individual resident- temperature of water, what type of music to play, how independent they are and what they need assistance with. Another great way to personalize bathing while offering respect is to have lockers in the bathing area to place their clothes they will be putting on, or to make certain each resident is fully covered in a warm robe while being transported to and from a bath. Also consider giving residents a choice of bathing times so they can keep a choice in one of their activities.
Encourage Independence yet Keep Safety First
With Rane Accessibility Tubs, there are many features which assist the bather to be as independent as possible so they can wash themselves as much as possible. The slightly-reclined contoured seating of the Walk-in Tubs allows them to experience the warm relaxing bath which calms anxiety, stimulates the circulatory system, prevents infection and makes the resident feel safe and respected.
Caregiver-Friendly as Well
Rane’s Accessibility Tubs are available in multiple models. You can have more than one tub being used at a time for residents who need or prefer different tubs. Tubs fill and empty quickly and have built-in sanitizing units to quickly sanitize between bathers. Each of their tubs are designed to prevent care-givers’ back injuries and resident injuries while allowing residents the most independent use. Putting oneself in the hands of someone else can be very intimidating, especially when you feel exposed and vulnerable, but Rane Bathing and Accessibility brings safety, comfort, style and personal service to your long-term care facility.