Estimates suggest that 60% of care home residents already have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. While there is currently no cure, care providers understand that creating a supportive, person centred environment can significantly improve the quality of life for residents, especially in the early stages. It can also help the home to run more efficiently and place fewer demands on staff.
Creating this environment involves training staff to understand the needs of people with dementia and planning the décor so that residents can live in stress free surroundings. It can also involve the use of purpose designed products, such as high visibility signage or reminiscence aids, which can support the care team and provide practical help for residents experiencing the problems caused by dementia.
Good nutrition and hydration are an important part of the care programme, while mealtimes are a highlight in the daily routine of the care home. This means that residents need to have an enjoyable, stress free experience when they sit down to eat.
Special crockery is available, such as large handled cups which are easier for people with frail hands to pick up. Slightly heavier, wide rimmed plates are more practical and reduce the risk of spillage. Ceramic crockery is more dignified than plastic and enhances the eating experience.
Colour also has an important part to play and contrasting colours for the cutlery, plates and table cloths can help to focus attention on the meal itself.
These useful products can promote confidence, encourage independence and tackle common problems which residents may encounter when eating and drinking.
Comfort, safety and personal dignity are key considerations for the care home bathroom and toilet which the right product aids can help to provide.
The ability to take a bath or shower in comfort is essential to stay clean and should also be a pleasurable experience. A shower chair allows a resident to sit comfortably when they shower while bath mats and coloured grab rails reduce the risk of a slip or fall.
Going to the toilet is also a potential source of anxiety, but a wide range of support products now make the toilet more comfortable to use and help with continence management. Height adjustable toilet frames and raised toilet seats fit to an existing toilet for extra comfort and support when sitting or standing.
For people confined to bed without access to a toilet, a bed pan is often the only solution. Modern, lightweight, plastic models are easy to use and clean and come with a handle and lid to reduce smells and spills.
Cleanliness and effective infection control are vital to maintain a high quality of care and keep care home residents and staff healthy. They are also a legal requirement. Our range contains a selection of proven hygiene products to help prevent and control the risks posed by infections in a care home setting.
We also provide essential medical products and a range of protective equipment for use by staff or residents at mealtimes, craft times, or when barrier nursing care is required. These include disposable aprons, bibs and gloves.
Products in our pressure care range provide relief to residents at risk of pressure ulcers and protect their skin when they are sitting or confined to bed for lengthy periods.
Our store contains a wide range of practical product solutions to help staff lift, transfer and re-position residents safely without the risk of back or muscle strain. Specialist bariatric products for the heavier resident are also available.
Residents who wish to stay active and independent can choose from a range of mobility aids including walking sticks, walking frames and stylish, self propelled wheelchairs. Both older people and those with a disability will enjoy the freedom offered and appreciate the ability to move around comfortably with a reduced risk of falls.
And if an accident should occur, an emergency lifting chair or cushion can lift the fallen person simply and safely, minimising the risks associated with moving, handling and transfer.
A common problem which affects many care home residents, incontinence is not just uncomfortable but upsetting and undignified for anyone with trouble controlling their bladder or bowels.
With advancing age prevention is not always possible, but the wide range of discreet continence management products now on the market can help both male and female residents stay dry and enjoy life without embarrassment. All pads provide reliable protection against leakage, unpleasant odour and skin dryness. They can even cope with moderate to heavy day or night-time incontinence.
The simple precaution of using pads will preserve the dignity of the individual and avoid diverting care home staff from another task to change the bedding or clothing. An additional benefit comes from saving the cost of hot water and energy for bathing and laundry.
We offer some excellent value, stylish armchairs to help care home residents sit more comfortably and stand up more easily, especially when they have restricted mobility. For example, high back and high seat chairs offer a comfortable and supportive seating position and are specially designed to facilitate getting up.
A booster cushion placed under the existing chair cushion will raise the height and make standing still easier, while a pressure cushion will provide relief for those at risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Height and angle adjustable overchair tables are ideal for use in the lounge and also excellent for wheelchair users. Tables have a melamine coated top for easy cleaning and a rim round the edge to prevent items from slipping off.
The bedroom is a resident’s own private area, so it should be a welcoming space, fitted out with the right bed, mattress and pillow to provide comfort, support independence and promote dignity. Ensuring that a person feels at ease in their bed will help them to enjoy a good night’s sleep and improve their overall well-being.
Safety is a key consideration, so helping residents to get in and out of bed easily and reducing the risk of falls are key considerations. It’s also important that they are able to change position easily in bed, whether it’s turning while lying or sitting upright comfortably to read.
We offer a wide range of products that will help in these areas.