Aquabuddy-Home-Mobile Shower Trolley

Aquabuddy-Home-Mobile Shower Trolley

Aquabuddy-Home - Mobile Shower Trolley

Washing is a personal and private activity | How to shower someone you’re caring for at home

Everyone values their privacy. It must be very hard to relinquish some of this when you are elderly, less mobile, or can no longer fully care for yourself.

If showering involves difficult transferring to a wheelchair or commode chair, and then into the bathroom for a conventional shower or bath, it is easy to see why sometimes the person you are caring for might refuse, saying “I don’t need it” or “I don’t want one”.   It’s a sensitive issue, and in some instances - for example with someone who has dementia - there may actually be a real fear of the activity. 

Gong Life Care Solutions has a shower solution for in-home care of elderly people or people with disabilities of any age who need a high level of care.

It will still require sensitivity to dignity, and gentleness, and patience. But it won’t require transport to the bathroom and excess handling. It won’t require home modifications.

Our portable Aquabuddy-Home shower 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 transferred to the bathroom using shower trolleys or commode chairs. But the use of shower trolleys in private homes is often not feasible due to their size and/or the size of rooms and hallways at home.

Bed-bath or shower in bed - now the choice is here!

Aquabuddy-Home is now available in Australia as 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 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

The Aquabuddy received a lot of attention at this year’s Independent Living Expo in Sydney , because it is such a practical solution for the problems of maintaining hygiene for people with restricted mobility, in a way that is safe for the receiver and also for the care-giver.  It is portable, lightweight, affordable and eco-friendly for long term care in the home. 

We had great feedback at the Expo from people in care-giving roles, as well as professionals and students, about the need to prevent physical injuries to themselves and the person they’re caring for due to lifting and transferring during everyday activities, such as showering. We had the Aquabuddy set up with our demonstration “mannequin man” in place, and most people thought that it was a type of bath, until they stopped to see it in action.

Some comments from visitors who watched our demonstrations include:

- “how much better it would be to use this (Aquabuddy) and not have to move someone to a bathroom”

- “fabulous how it can be used with any type of bed”

- “a person would feel so much cleaner and nicer with this shower instead of just a bed-bath”

- “wow, no mess! It’s so clever”

- “very hygienic how it works with the two water tanks”

Full shower or quick clean-up

Attendees were surprised to learn that the Aquabuddy-Home is an electronic showering device that enables people to experience a full shower, or to be washed in a specific body area, such as the perineal area, or to have their hair shampooed, directly in the bed. Special 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! 

A quality product

The European Commission reported on the Aquabuddy system in its research results magazine “Research*EU”, 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 ground breaking solution to the problems of maintaining hygiene for independent living for those with restricted mobility”

They called it “a new generation of home shower”

Our Aquabuddy shower system is classified as a medical device. It is made in Italy, and is certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and European Conformity (CE).  Gong Life Care Solutions is the sole Australian supplier for this system.

Reference

  1. Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia (ATSA) Sydney Expo, held 8th - 9th May 2019
  2. ‘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>

For more information, contact us on 1300 907 280, Tues to Fri, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm AEDT or email info@gonglcs.com.au

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