Aquabuddy-Home | Mobile Shower Trolley - adaptable to any bed
Bath without a battle, shower without shemozzle!
Our Aquabuddy-Home (mobile shower trolley) 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. The use of shower trolleys in private homes is often not feasible due to their size.
Aquabuddy-Home (mobile shower trolley) 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:
Aquabuddy-Home (mobile shower trolley) eliminates the need to do difficult transferring to a bathroom, which in many homes are quite small and can therefore be too cramped for easy access in a commode chair or wheelchair. It can be uncomfortable, painful, and difficult for people.
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 to consider:
- 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 favourite/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 or bathing 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 (mobile shower trolley) 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 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, 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”
They called it “a new generation of home shower “
‘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>
Our Aquabuddy 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.
Contact us on 1300 907 280, Tues to Fri, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm AEDT
We deliver free anywhere in Australia.
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