Care and Independence bathing range

Moving and handling specialists Care and Independence has redeveloped its range of premium bathing equipment after conducting research last year to help it better understand the challenges being faced by users and carers with assisted bathing.

The Tilt-In-Space chairs and cradles as well as the Options shower and commode chair have all been given an update.

Typically user tissue viability risk in a wet environment is significantly increased due to sheer and drag issues with traditional mesh-based fabrics and the associated bindings which can be abrasive to sensitive skin.

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In the new Care & Independence shower chairs and cradles, mesh material has been replaced by soft and kinder 3D-Spacer fabric, which also has the added benefit of moulding to the body for improved user support and comfort as well as being faster drying.

To further help improve tissue viability issues, Care & Independence has also removed the binding sewn edges from apertures in their Tilt-In-Space cradles so users now benefit from a seamless aperture feature.

Other enhancements in the new range include a fully-encased head section to prevent snags, and padded cushion infills providing security yet with quick release attachment to aid in-situ user washing.

The Spacer fabric itself is secured to the bathing equipment via a series of convenient clunk-click buckles helping improve hygiene and infection control through easy attachment and removal. The attachment straps also enable individual tension adjustment to ensure a better and more comfortable fit on an individual user basis.

James Bennett, Sales & Marketing Director for Care and Independence, commented: “In 2021 we undertook an in-depth market research project to help us better understand the challenges being faced by users and carers when it came to assisted bathing.

“This gave us real-world insight into what the marketplace was currently providing – and where it was lacking. This invaluable customer-voice research formed the basis of our development direction, the results of which we now see in our newly improved bathing chair and cradle offering.

“People also told us they felt existing bathing equipment was practical yet looked outdated. Our redeveloped bathing range has addressed that too by keeping all of the everyday functionality but modernising the aesthetic and using newer fabric technologies to also improve user comfort and add benefit of enhanced performance.”

Care & Independence bathing equipment is made to order, currently operating with a lead time of 2-3 weeks in the UK for standard models.

Framework is offered in either a durable grey powder coating or satin-polished stainless-steel finish with a further choice of blue, grey or a mix-and-match combination for the 3D-Spacer fabric, seat choice and footrests. Black accessories complement the range.

Oxfordshire-headquartered Care & Independence is a Class-1 medical devices British manufacturer and supplier of specialist moving and handling equipment for the less abled.

The firm manufactures slings, shower chairs and cradles and stretchers, alongside selling a varied range of mobility aids and products to hospitals, nursing and residential homes and private customers.

Last year, the firm launched Glove Diamond Deluxe and Glove Diamond Deluxe Plus slings, which provide full-body support with a patented diamond-shaped aperture.

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