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.

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