abacus stand at exhibition with Trevor the turtle

This post has been written by Jon Nock on behalf of Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions.

Abacus will be showcasing the larger and longer Gemini 2000 bath, BioCote antimicrobial protection and a CPD assisted bathing seminar at Kidz to Adultz Middle.

Celebrating 10 years, Kidz to Adultz Middle is one of a series of regional exhibitions managed by Disabled Living

It provides an opportunity to see the latest assistive products and services for disabled children and young adults. Abacus is one of the most popular exhibitors and is a proven choice for families and therapists seeking accessible bathroom solutions. It manufactures specialist baths with variable height and/or powered bather transfer seats that provide greater safety, dignity and comfort for disabled bathers, whilst moving and handling best practice is enhanced for carers.

Part of the Gainsborough Healthcare Group, Abacus delivers the complete support package from initial bather assessment through to product provision, installation and after-sales servicing. Its caring Assessors focus on the needs of bathers and carers through a structured assessment-led process – enhanced by OT expertise and an ethical ethos.

On stand E14, the new larger and longer Gemini 2000 bath will offer a future-proofed solution for both paediatric and adult bathers

Building on the success of the 1700mm long Gemini with integrated platform, this larger version delivers a flexible, space-appropriate design with pioneering BioCote that combats Superbugs. This proven infection-controlling solution cannot be wiped or worn away – hence providing 99.9% 24/7 protection against harmful microbes such as Influenza H1N1, E.coli, Salmonella and antibiotic resistant MRSA. The Gemini 2000 bath is the largest and longest platform bath available with unique dual lift technology and a multi-purpose in-built platform. This facilitates easier transfers, drying and bathing, resulting in improved comfort, dignity and safety for disabled bathers.

Working in conjunction with Abacus, Kate Sheehan, highly experienced Occupational Therapist from The OT Service, will be delivering a CPD-accredited assisted bathing seminar. The OT Service is a key partner of Abacus ‘Lunch and Learn’ and ‘CPD Assisted Bathing Workshops’ which provide free assisted bathing education and training for healthcare professionals.

Seminar:  Bathing – a right to play

Kate Sheehan DipCOT, Occupational Therapist, The OT Service

2.00pm in Seminar Room 2

Synopsis: Play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter and education are vital to develop the potential of a child according to the United Nations. In the UK, many children play at bath time yet it is not often a primary consideration within an Occupational Therapist’s recommendations during the assessment process. This session will explore “play” as an occupation and consider how legislation and clinical reasoning can used to support the necessity of a bath in the design process.

  • Have an overview of “play” as an occupation
  • Be able to list the relevant legislation to support bathing
  • Explain how clinical reasoning can used to support the necessity of a bath in the design process

There will be a free prize draw to win a cuddly toy version of the Abacus mascot, Trevor the Turtle. Visit www.abacushealthcare.co.uk for more information.

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