Dignified Bathing Vital to Successful Long-Term Care Facilities

Dignified Bathing Vital to Successful Long-Term Care Facilities

Dignified Bathing Vital to Successful Long-Term Care Facilities

Residents and their families look closely at the care and respect given in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Bathing, eating, toileting and genuine care are critical components to consider when looking for a place to live out the last chapter of one’s life. Rane Bathing and Accessibility has committed themselves to creating the best possible bathing solutions for healthcare settings for over three decades.  A lovely, safe, functional tub that is easily accessible for both the bather and the care-giver goes a long way to demonstrate sincere care for the staff and residents of your facility.

Safe Rane Tubs for Healthcare Facilities

Rane has more experience than any other company since their founder was a pioneer in designing and crafting Walk-in Tubs and other accessible Bathing solutions for the healthcare field. Safety is built into every aspect of Rane Tubs from the walk-in doors, to the anti-scald valves, to the slightly reclined seating contoured to comfortably fit human anatomy. Depending on the model, Rane tubs allow care-giver access on one, three or all sides of the tub offering greater access for assisted bathing without straining the caregiver in ways that produce back injuries.  Rane’s policy of “no trips, slips or falls” is woven into every factor of their accessibility tubs—including those that need lifts or transfer assistance.

Respect and Dignity for Bather in Healthcare Setting

Rane’s thoughtfully-designed Accessibility Tubs may put safety and function at the top of the list, but the lovely style of Rane Tubs exudes an exquisite upscale look. Your residents, their families and your staff will feel like they have stepped into a personal spa. Rane’s designers have incorporated ways to take the chill factor away as your residents don’t have to sit in a cold, unfeeling tub while the water fills up to get them warm. Many tubs offer a prefill option that allows warmed water to quickly soak the patient while seated in a comfortable slightly reclined contoured seat. There is also a fast drain so a warm towel and bathrobe can quickly cover the modest bather. Many features allow residents to bathe as independently as possible granting increased respect and dignity.

Make Bathing a Pleasant Experience in Your Long-term Care Facility

Bathing can be a dreaded chore for both resident and care-giver, but a lovely Rane Tub can make it feel like a day at the resort. Add a little artwork, flowers and respect for privacy when possible and a Rane Tub can add to your facility by relaxing nerves, soothing sore muscles, improving circulation, stopping the spread of infection (note Ranes’ built-in sanitizing stations for easy use between bathers). You will have happier residents, families and staff. Contact Rane Bathing and Accessibility today for more information.

Desquamation & Skin Care in the Elderly

There has long been a call for more focus on preventing and management of impaired skin integrity—especially in our elderly population, which is always increasing. With so many long-term facilities serving our aging citizens, this is the time to educate and implement more ways to promote healthy skin in facility residents. Better management of healthy skin can actually prevent wounds and disorders while improving the quality of life. Desquamation is the normal shedding or flaking off of the outer layers of skin as new skin cells take their place. It often shows up at a higher rate in the geriatric population. Rane Bathing and Accessibility wants to partner with healthcare facilities to improve all aspects of bathing, which includes skin care for residents in your facilities.

Causes of Excessive Desquamation & Skin Disorders in the Elderly

  • With aging, skin is unable to produce and maintain the moisture it did at a younger age
  • Skin becomes thinner as certain cells flatten due to lack of natural moisture
  • Sitting in front of a heater or keeping the room very hot takes away moisture from skin
  • Not enough water intake. The elderly often don’t drink as much water as needed
  • Taking baths in hot temperatures or for prolonged times
  • Using soaps or skin products with too high of an alkaline level
  • Cold winter weather or very dry air

Educating Staff and Residents about Skin Care

  • Proper Skin Care prevents skin wounds and disorders
  • Increase water intake which improves overall health-not just skin
  • Baths can hydrate different skin cells and plump them up
  • Hot baths and showers should be switched to lukewarm water
  • Use a soap substitute or a product with a pH level between 4-7 (often marked “for sensitive skin”)
  • Limit baths to 30 minutes or less
  • Blot lightly with towel as opposed to rubbing skin dry
  • Apply the correct moisturizer while skin is still slightly damp from bathing (traps moisture from bathing inside the skin)
  • Know the difference in moisturizers: Lotions– have the highest water content with no greasy residue, but evaporate more quickly needing more frequent application; Creams– have an oil in water base and have less occlusive base than oil; Ointments– consist of water-in-oil (typically lanolin or petrolatum) base and have the longest lasting effect on skin moisturizing than lotions or creams but leaves a greasy residue.

Rane Bathing and Accessibility, a pioneer in Walk-in Tubs, is highly-respected in the healthcare field for its innovative designs and solutions in accessible bathing for residential and facility use. They are dedicated to making baths safer, more accessible, more comfortable, and healthier. Contact Rane today.

Create a Resident-Friendly Bathing Area for Your Long-Term Care Facility

Create a Resident-Friendly Bathing Area for Your Long-Term Care Facility

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.

 

Prevent Long-Term Resident Injuries While Bathing

Prevent Long-Term Resident Injuries While Bathing

Prevent Long-Term Resident Injuries While Bathing

Preventing falls in long-term care facilities is of utmost importance. It should be at the top of the list of priorities. Safety officers, insurance, agencies, families, and potential residents and their families all look to see what the safety measures are in place to keep residents from slips, trips and falls. Probably the greatest risk factor for falls is while taking baths. Rane Bathing and Mobility has been serving the healthcare field for over thirty years and they always keep safety as the most prominent feature. Rane knows all about bathing in health care settings. The founder was a pioneer in the Walk-in Tub field for healthcare facilities. This multi-generation family-owned business is well-respected and knowledgeable in health care bathing across the United States.

Medical History in Bathing Solutions

Rane’s founder became involved in some of the very first walk-in tubs created for health care facilities. Then he began crafting accessibility tubs for healthcare settings using all the experience, safety requirements and input from healthcare professionals. Rane not only listens to health care professionals on all levels, but has people in management today who have extensive background in the healthcare industry. This medical experience goes a long way in designing and creating commercial tubs that protect residents and patients from falls where slippery floors and weak bodies are a combination for heightened fall risk.

Health Care Accessibility Tubs Designed for Safety

Rane takes great pride in the spa-like look and feel of our commercial Tubs; but that is not our main objective.  Safety is always first in everything we do to prevent slips, trips and falls for residents. Every lovely line has a very important job with built-in features to prevent accidents while bathing. The Walk-in Doors allow residents with varying degrees of mobility to step or transfer into a comfortable slightly-reclined seat. The seating is not just flat, but contoured to fit human anatomy. The slightly-tilted seating allows the resident to lean back and relax while keeping them from slipping forward. Access to the tub removes one of the greatest fall risks of trying to raise legs up and over a tub. Learn more about many other safety features such as the anti-scald valve and double door lock.

Commercial Accessibility Tub with a Spa Feel

With the main focus being safety in healthcare settings, you would expect Rane Tubs to look institutional. The resort- ambiance of Rane’s Healthcare bathing solutions make resident feel like they are being pampered in a spa- with a dignity and special treatment for those who have lived long and hard. Baths will not only be safe but looked forward to with a relaxing bath to soothe sore muscles, anxiety, stress while improving circulation. Keep residents clean and happy. Your bathing area will be safe and be a wonderful way to spread the word of excellent care/treatment of your residents.

January is National Bath Safety Month

January is National Bath Safety Month

January is National Bath Safety Month

Every year, thousands of people are treated in Emergency Rooms for accidents involving baths. January has been designated as National Bath Safety Month. Rane Bathing and Accessibility wants to use this time to help you stop and think how you can make bath time safer for everyone in your family. Baths should be relaxing and enjoyable. There are some important precautions you can take to keep it that way and greatly reduce the risks of slips, trips and falls in your bathing area. January is one of the most popular times to get your home in order. Check your bathroom against this safety list:

  • Non-Slip Mats- install a sticky water-proof mat in your tub as will as a non-slip mat outside your tub so when you step out, your wet feet don’t slip out from underneath.
  • Never leave small children, the elderly or those with significant mobility issues unattended while bathing.
  • Keep the bathroom floor clean and uncluttered to avoid slips, trips or falls.
  • Avoid spraying slippery air freshener on tile or smooth surfaces. It takes longer to dry than you think and the oily mist can create a fall hazard.
  • Think twice about using bath oils in your tub which can also be an accident in the making.
  • Water temperature should be kept at or about 120 degrees to prevent skin burns. (Check out Rane’s anti-scald mixing valves which prevent accidental burns).
  • Install Bath Grips in the bath area to give bathers something sturdy to hold on to while showering, entering and exiting the tub.

Consider installing one of Rane’s Walk-in Tubs which is completely designed around Bath Safety. In fact, Rane was a pioneer in the Walk-in Tub field for healthcare settings. Thirty years of experience in designing safe accessible bathing solutions for health care facilities now goes into the design of their residential Walk-in Tubs. Not only will your bathroom take on a whole new upscale resort look, you can be sure it has all the safest features for bathing available. They offer models with wide walk-in doors that ensure no leaks with their trademark KeyLock™ mechanism. The ergonomic contoured seating was designed with input from therapists and other healthcare professionals to create a safe comfortable way for those with any degree of mobility challenge to have a way to relax and enjoy a luxurious bath. Rane Tubs are also designed to prevent back injuries to caregivers which is another common risk for bathing injuries.

Enjoy a long relaxing bathing experience by celebrating National Bath Safety Month with a new Rane Walk-in Tub.

Rane Bathing Grab Bar

Grab Easy Bar

Grab Easy Bar

Grab Bars are one of the most cost-effective most important safety tools available to help equip your home for those with any type of mobility issue. They are easily installed and give an extra lift for those who are aging, weak from surgery, illness, heart or lung conditions, stroke or for those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers to get around. Rane makes the Grab Easy Bar which is one of the best on the market.

Purpose of a Grab Bar

When installed near a toilet, the Grab Easy Bar gives a built-in stabilizing handle to hang on to when sitting down, standing up or even pulling oneself up from a difficult seated position. They can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally- depending on the layout of your bathroom and the height needed for the person who will be using it. The Grab Easy Bar offers stability when standing up or transferring. It can give a rock-solid handle to help pull oneself from the extremely difficult position of sitting to standing. Many with a mobility challenge do not have sufficient strength in their legs to pull themselves unaided to stand. Grab Bars are a very critical and practical way to provide safe assistance in the bathroom for toileting or bathing.

Installation of Grab Bars

Grab Bars can be installed at different angles but the most important part of installation is making sure they are well-anchored to give optimum support. Find your studs in the wall to attach the grab bars to them. Most studs are between 16-32 inches apart. Bars can also be anchored using toggle bolts where there is no stud, but obviously a stud will give more strength. Vertical application is a great position for holding while stepping into or out of a tub or shower. Horizontal is good for next to a toilet or chair. The user can use their weight on it to get up. A diagonal installation is good for multiple users as they can use different parts of the bar and it is easier on the wrist.

What Makes the Grab Easy So Good?

Rane Bathing and Accessibility makes a Stainless-Steel Non-Slip Grab Bar that is one of the sturdiest, safest Grab Bars around. The unique non-slip grip of the GRAB EASY bar allows a great handhold even for weak hands. It insures a good grip. Nothing about the Grab Easy will slip as you hold it offering a safe foundation to hold on to. It is easy to clean and comes in lots of sizes as well as the versatile V-shape Grab Easy. They are available in multiple colors including White Pale Blue and Glow-in-the-Dark. Contact Rane Bathing and Accessibility today.

Create a Spa in Your Walk-in Tub

Create a Spa in Your Walk-in Tub

Create a Spa in Your Walk-in Tub

Rane Tubs are created out of the most medical experience of any other Walk-in Tub available. For three decades, they have been designing and crafting Accessible Tubs for Health Care Settings. Rane Bathing and Accessibility knows everything there is to know about offering safe, accessible and comfortable tubs to homes and facilities. Great care and research ensure bathing in one of their Walk-in Tubs means no more slips, trips or falls.  Their Walk-in Tubs must meet or exceed all medical criteria so you can be sure their home models do as well. But with all their proven medical experience, they want bathing to be a soothing relaxing experience for you. That’s why Rane offers these extra options for their Walk-in Tubs:

Rane Bathing and Accessibility

The CleanRane Air Spa System – millions of bubbles hydro-massage you as you bathe. Sit back in a reclined position while preheated air bubbles in the water stimulate your skin, increase peripheral blood circulation, reduce aches and pains, soothes nerves and gently massages away dirt and stress as you relax in your own private spa in the best Rane Walk-in Tub for you and your space.

Whirlpool System – Add this feature to enjoy all the physical and emotional benefits of eight heated jet sprays that circulate the water to gently massage you as you bathe. Rejuvenate tired muscles and take advantage of the pain relief offered by pure water.

Aromatherapy – Essential oils are diffused at the rim of the tub surrounding you with fragrance and healing oils as you bathe. Use your choices of essential oils to soothe headaches relax, invigorate or use for various treatments. The aromatherapy combined with the bathing experience double the impact of your health benefits of your Rane walk-in tub.

Chromatherapy – Multi-colored lights are positioned to change the colors of the water along with the pulse of the water creating a soothing setting as you bathe in your Rane accessible walk-in tub. The pulse of the colors change with a quiet rhythm to create a full therapeutic experience as you bathe in your Rane Walk-in Tub.

Your Rane Bathing and Accessibility professional can help you find the perfect Walk-in tub to provide safety, accessibility and comfort at an affordable price, but you just might want to add these extras to make bathing a natural way to relieve pain and stress.

Extra Large Walk-In Tub

Extra Large Walk-In Tub

Extra Large Walk-In Tub

If you or your loved one is a larger size and you are ready to look into the possibility of a Walk-in Tub, you will want to check with the leader and pioneer in the field of Walk-in Tubs. Rane Bathing and Accessibility has been designing, patenting and innovative in creating bathing solutions for health care facilities for over three decades. Their Walk-in tubs for clinical settings and residential settings offer the best features to ensure safety, accessibility and comfort.  They have a beautiful Walk-in Tub created for those of a larger size so they can enjoy all the benefits of bathing in luxurious safety.

Rane’s RB14 Mediterranean Large Walk-in Tub

RB14 Mediterranean

Everything about this tub makes it safe and easy to soak up aches, pains and stress in a comfortable tub fitted for a larger size. Like every other Rane Walk-in Tub, safety is always the top priority. Bathrooms with their slick floors and hard-to-maneuver tubs are real fall risks. More injuries occur in the bathroom than any other room of the house. This tub is made with safety, accessibility, and comfort for the size you need. The low threshold and wider door with side entry makes it easy and safe to enter whether you are transferring from a wheelchair or stepping into the tub.

Walk-in Tub Fit for You

This exquisitely styled larger Walk-in Tub is designed for you with its spacious side door and 28-inch-wide seat that is contoured for your body and slightly tilted to offer a relaxing position which keeps you from sliding forward and designed to drain away from you. The sleek exterior of this tub gives your bath an upscale look of a personal spa right in your own bathroom. The interior is smooth, sturdy and comfortable with its lustrous gel coating finish which keeps it looking new for years. The RB14 Mediterranean can be used as a built-in tub, free-standing or corner tub, depending on your space and preferences.

Rane’s Standard and Optional Features

This Rane Tub is so stylish, it is easy to forget it was designed for safety, accessibility and comfort for the larger person. It comes with the Roman Deck Mount Value Package for fixtures unless you want another choice. The hand-held shower wand makes it easy to wash your hair and body. It has a removable access panel for wheelchair transfer devices. Create even more of a spa setting with optional jet sprays and aromatherapy packages.

Contact Rane Bathing and Accessibility today for more information.

Amazing Health Benefits of Bathing

Amazing Health Benefits of Bathing

Amazing Health Benefits of Bathing

The earth is made up of 71% water and our bodies consist of about 60% water. We need water to live. Not only to live but to enjoy healthy lives. Bathing in water is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Rane Bathing and Accessibility wants everyone to be able to enjoy the healthy benefits of bathing. That is why they offer accessible Walk-in Tubs that allow safe, healthy bathing for those who face mobility challenges. Here are some great Health reasons to look into a Rane Walk-in Tub:

Rane Residential Walk-In Tub

  • Heart Health – Bathing stimulates the cardiac system causing your heart to get a good work-out.
  • Better Breathing – The steam and moisture of a bath relieves congestion and the pressure of the water against the chest can help improve the cardiac and pulmonary systems.
  • Improves Brain and Nervous System – Bathing reduces pain, calms nerves, reduces stress and anxiety and improves moods.
  • Muscles, Joints and Bones – Movement in water provides a low impact resistance which alleviates pain and improves mobility.
  • Gastrointestinal Health – Warm baths improve pain of hemorrhoids and bloating, aides in wound healing after surgery, improves blood circulation which improves digestion, and reduces blood sugar.
  • Aides in Birthing – Throughout history, water births been used to assist women in childbirth through relaxation and minimizing pain.
  • Healthy Blood and Immunity – Warm baths help blood to flow easier, providing more oxygenation. Allowing deeper slower breaths. The steam from baths and hot baths are known for killing bacteria and germs.
  • Balances Hormones – Cold baths aide in helping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fertility issues. Baths assist hormones such as ACTH and Beta Endorphins to become more balanced. Warm baths increase serotonin which is associated with happiness and well-being.
  • Skin, Hair and Eyes – Regular bathing moisturizers and cleanses hair, skin and eyes. A hot bath opens pores so the body can naturally sweat out impurities. A cooler bath tightens the skin, reduces sweat and minimizes pores.
  • Regulate Body Temperature – A warm bath warms the body up on a cold day and transversely, a cold bath cools the body temperature down when overheated.

There are so many benefits to regular bathing, and Rane Bathing and Accessibility is committed to helping those who have challenges getting into a tub find a safe easy way to enjoy those benefits. Contact us about a Rane Walk-in Tub.

Seating is Important for Walk-in Tubs

Seating is Important for Walk-in Tubs

Seating is Important for Walk-in Tubs

When you are comparing Walk-in Tubs, don’t forget to check out the seating differences. Rane Bathing and Accessibility has been designing and crafting accessible Walk-in Tubs for over three decades. In fact, the founder of Rane was a pioneer in the creating, patenting and engineering of the first Walk-in Tubs for medical facilities. There are many features which have been fine-tuned and improved to make Rane Tubs the very best residential Walk-in Tub on the market. We will take a look at their seating since a lot of Walk-in Tubs overlook the importance of seating designs.

RC2 Pacific Walk In Tub

Seating is Critical

A lot of other tubs simply use flat benches as an after-thought, but Rane has taken the thoughts and suggestions of therapists and other medical professionals into account over thirty years to create the safest, most comfortable and safest seating available in an accessible walk-in tub. First of all, the seating is created from heavy duty marine strength material to hold a lot of weight and keep its shape under all types of conditions. The seating is comfort-pitched to the rear so the user doesn’t feel like they could slip down at any time. The comfortable slightly-reclined position encourages relaxing refreshment. Therapists who used Rane tubs offered suggestions over the years which have resulted in molding which is formed to human anatomy instead of a straight flat uncomfortable surface.

RH6 St. Croix

Designed for a Purpose

Although the lovely lines of a Rane Walk-in Tub were created first of all for safety and accessibility, they offer a beautiful spa-like setting that adds style to your existing bathroom. There are also artistic lines which are worked into the design that look exquisite but actually serve a purpose. They allow drainage at the back of the seat as well as easy peri care to cleanse those hard to reach places while seated. The unique designs of Rane’s Walk-in Tubs also offer the benefit of efficient water use while allowing water to drain quickly so the bather doesn’t chill before stepping out of the tub. Rane’s seating allows for easy transfer from a wheelchair, or safe easy access for those who can simply step into the tub and sit down for a warm relaxing bath. The strong gel coating of a Rane Walk-in Tub is 18-20 ml thick while most other tubs are 5-10 ml thick. You can count on the luxurious finish on the tub as well as the seating for a strong finish which keeps it looking fresh and feeling smooth.

There are so many features which help Rane Walk-in Tubs rise above the others at an affordable price. Seating is just one of those which has been tested and improved in long-term care, hospitals, clinics and in homes for three decades. Let a Rane professional tell you about all the other amazing features.