“A new generation of home shower”

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“A new generation of home shower”

So says the European Commission in its research results magazine, Research*EU, showcasing the Aquabuddy Shower-in-bed system.

The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union, and as part of its mandate the Commission provides research and innovation funding for eligible projects. The Italian manufacturers of our Aquabuddy-Home shower-in-bed system received a grant from the Commission during the development phase of this amazing product, and the Commission reported on the Aquabuddy in an article entitled ‘No More Bath-time Anxiety for At-home Bedridden Patients . The sub-heading stated:

“A new miniaturised, portable shower system for use in bed is a groundbreaking solution to the problems of maintaining hygiene for independent living for those with restricted mobility”

Gong Life Care Solutions is the sole Australian supplier of the Aquabuddy-Home, which has won an international design award – the Red Dot Award.  The Red Dot is an annual awards process for high design quality. The international jury only awards this sought-after seal of quality to products that feature an outstanding design. The judging criteria include considerations such as the degree of innovation, functionality, durability, ergonomics, and ecological compatibility.

No more bath-time anxiety for at-home care

Our Aquabuddy-Home shower-in-bed system was designed for assistants/carers to use in place of traditional assisted bathing and showering aids and methods, either in aged care facilities or at home. In nursing homes, residents who are sick, frail, or not able to walk, are usually transferred to the bathroom using shower trolleys or commode chairs. The use of shower trolleys in private homes is often not feasible due to their size.

Aquabuddy-Home is a viable option to moving someone to the bathroom, or awkward washing in the bed. Our system is adaptable to any bed – it literally turns hygiene care into an easy, quick and safe process. It is beneficial for either people whose mobility is severely restricted, or for those whose pain levels preclude a lot of moving and transferring - people who are unable to wash or shower themselves independently. You can see a demonstration video of the Aquabuddy-Home system in use, on our webpage: https://gonglcs.com.au/products/aquabuddy-home-shower-in-your-bed

Assisting elderly or frail persons to shower or bathe has been described by caregivers as one of the hardest caregiving  tasks of all. From the recipient’s point of view, bathing or showering may be positive or negative depending on their experiences.  Reasons for refusal of bathing or showering can include pain, fear, cold, embarrassment and loss of control. So if we can focus on reducing these factors we can create a more person-centred approach with less anxiety all round.

Some tips for managing bath or shower time include:

- create a warm environment for the room

- play music, and/or try a sing-a-long with the person’s old favourites

- utilise aromatherapy, such as lavender, rosemary, peppermint or ylang-ylang essential oils

- try using sensory bridging techniques such as providing a favorite/familiar soap or shampoo to smell before engaging the person in the showering activity.

- and very importantly, take care with privacy.  Keep the person's body covered as much and as often as possible leading up to and during the procedure. Even whilst showering in bed using the Aquabuddy-Home system, it’s nice to utilise extra towels/cloths to cover the person even though they will get wet. The feeling of privacy is very important.

Full shower or quick clean-up

Aquabuddy-Home is the only electronic showering device that allows people to experience a full shower, or to be washed in a specific area, such as the perineal area, or to have their hair shampooed, directly in the bed. Special, simple equipment is included to suit these purposes and make it quick and easy to carry out the process and prevent any mishaps with bed linen and water! 

Our Aquabuddy system is classified as a medical device. and is certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and European Conformity (CE). For further information on the amazing Aquabuddy-Home system, visit https://gonglcs.com.au/products/aquabuddy-home-shower-in-your-bed

See also our Relaxa Bathlift - a small motorised device designed for use in the home bathroom by people who are elderly and those who find that getting into and out of a bath has become increasingly more difficult. https://gonglcs.com.au/products/relaxa-bathlift

Reference

  1. ‘No More Bath-time Anxiety for At-home Bedridden Patients’, July 2018, pdf version, Research *eu Results Magazine no. 74, p. 20. <https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/211492/brief/en>

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