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Occupational Therapy

Choosing An Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists (OT’s) are popularly associated with the advice they can offer to employees and employers on setting up desks, chairs and workstations to ensure people do not develop repetitive strain conditions. However, their scope of expertise is much wider than this. They also assist people who are disabled, recovering from accidents, have life limiting illnesses, learning ...
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How To Create A Safer Showering Area

A typical standard shower can present hazards to people with reduced mobility. Getting into and out of the shower can sometimes be awkward as most showers have a step height of around 10 inches that can be difficult to step over, which can result in trips and falls.  Cubicles are often cramped and offer little room to manoeuvre. Large shower doors or panels can act as an obstruction for care...
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A Mobility Friendly Bathroom

Mr D has issues with his spine that affect his daily mobility, making performing tasks in the bathroom difficult. He had a large bathroom with a shower and bath in it, but they were unsuitable for his level of mobility. Absolute Mobility were approached to help make improvements that would make using the bathroom safer and easier to do.

Bathing Problems Identified

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A New Easy To Access Shower

We were approached by Mr P’s daughter for help with making improvements to his home that would allow him to retain his independence, and remain living in his home rather than a care home. Whilst he wished to avoid the move to a care home, he was aware it may have to happen in the future if his mobility declined significantly.

In his 90’s, Mr P suffered with various debilit...
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An Easy To Access Shower To Replace An Impractical Bath

After we completed a new bathroom for one of our customers, her friend, Mrs T, paid her a visit and took a look. She was very impressed and decided she would like something similar as her arthritis now made stepping into the bath quite difficult. Her deteriorating eye sight also contributed towards making the bath a little more hazardous.

After seeing her friend’s new easy to us...
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An Arthritis Friendly Bathroom

One of our recent jobs was for Ms T who has arthritis in her shoulders and elbows. She was enjoying her retirement by refurbishing her home room by room and now turned her attention to the bathroom. Due to her reduced mobility her bathroom was becoming difficult to use and she recognised the refurbishment required the input of a specialist. Like many others who approach us, Ms T got in touch...
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An Accessible Bathroom To Cope With The Needs Of Motor Neurone Disease

Following a diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND) Mr B began looking into adapting his home to make it more suitable for him to use. He already had a through the floor lift on order when he contacted us about his bathroom. Although in the early stages of his diagnosis, he was aware he might need to sell his house and move to a care home in the future.

As the lift would provide easy...
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How Exercise Brings A Better Quality Of Life

As we’re often told by doctors and medical professionals, the better care we take of ourselves through eating healthily and doing regular exercise the better quality of life we can expect as we age.

However, it seems that many of us find it difficult to follow this sound advice. According to statistics dating back to 2009 and quoted by Read more

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How To Minimise The Risk Of Falls In The Home

With advances in healthcare, improved living standards and a general trend towards eating better and exercising more, many of the population are now enjoying a much longer and healthier life. Evidence of this is seen with many people now living into their 80s and 90s.

However, this longer life isn’t without risk, as increased frailty and a decline in health can impact on individ...
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Overcoming Mobility Problems Associated With Using The Bathtub

Anyone suffering from reduced mobility, whether temporary or permanent, can find the normally simple task of having a bath quite difficult. Here we look at some of the specific problems that can be experienced, alongside a range of solutions that will make using the bathtub safe and easy.

The problems

The main problems associated with using a bath when mobility has declined a...
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When Is It A Good Idea To Fit An Assisted Toilet System

Using the toilet safely and comfortably is one of those things we take for granted, until reduced mobility makes it difficult to do so.  Changes in the body’s ability to balance, co-ordinate hand and arm function or a weakening of muscles and joints can all impede the ability to continue using the toilet without the help of another person. If a wheelchair or frame is required, this can...
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Should I Choose A Walk in Bath, Shower Or Wet Room?

When it comes to upgrading the bathroom to provide assistance when mobility is starting to decline, we’re often asked which is the best solution between a walk-in bath, an easy access shower or a wet room?

There is no one answer, as each comes with its own advantages, and disadvantages, and the solution we recommend is often dependent on many factors including mobility levels (n...
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Is A Toilet Riser Any Good?

As we all get a little older, it’s not uncommon for everyday actions to become a bit more difficult to do. We might notice that getting in and out of chairs takes more effort, or that going up and down the stairs takes more time and can leave us feeling a bit puffed out.

Using the bathroom is another area that can also present a new set of challenges as our everyday mobility sta...
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Which Bath Lift Is Right For Me?

All types of bath lift provide assistance getting up and down in the bath and can be easily fitted to an existing bath tub without any major bathroom changes. A simple bath lift can be lifted into the bath tub and secured with suction cups to the bottom of the bath, allowing it to be removed when not required. Other types must be fitted to the wall and have a belt that stretches over the top...
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Walk in Bath FAQ’s

In our FAQ blog we answer some of the questions we’re commonly asked about walk-in baths.

What is a walk-in bath?

People with reduced mobility, either through disability or ageing, find using a bath tub difficult and hazardous. A walk-in bath is designed to make using a bath easier. These types of bath have a door in the side which can be opened, allowing the bather to ...
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Benefits Of Hydrotherapy For The Elderly

In this blog we take a look at hydrotherapy, a treatment commonly used by medical professionals to treat conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, and provide an idea of how you can introduce it’s benefits into your home.

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of warm water to treat different conditions, such as arthritis and rheumatic problems. Typically the...
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Finding Funding For Accessible Bathroom Adaptations

Adapting a home to make it easier for someone with mobility problems to live in can be an expensive task. Many adaptations have to be tailored to suit the specific mobility needs of the people living in the home and using its facilities. This can make the cost quite high.

Bathrooms in particular can be an expensive part of the adaptations so it is a good idea to investigate sources of...
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Lighting Proves Illuminating For Dementia Care Home

A recent blog caught our eye on www.carehome.co.uk, if you’re interested we’ve included the link at the bottom of our blog should you wish to read the whole article. It highlights the interesting reduction in falls in a care home, by utilising an innovative lighting scheme.

The scheme came about as a result of the care home manager noticing in the annual falls report, that...
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What To Consider When Budgeting For A New Bathroom

When undertaking a bathroom refurbishment that incorporates mobility adaptations, the financial budget is a key consideration. If you last refurbished your bathroom a few decades ago, you may be surprised at how much the costs have increased, as well as the choice of materials and equipment that are available.

Do it yourself, or bring in a professional?

When considering an ac...
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Why Do Mobility Bathroom Firms Never Advertise Their Price?

Many people frequently ask why mobility bathing firms do not advertise their prices or provide a price list with their brochure. After all, everyone is keen to know how much it is going to cost. In answer, mobility bathing firms will respond that they need to come out and visit your home, look at the bathroom, confirm all of the works required and only then can they confirm a price.

I...
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We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday

The summer holidays are a great time for grandparents to catch up with their grandchildren and children alike. These family gatherings provide opportune moments for sharing news, but sometimes the news is not all good. Grandparents with declining mobility may have suffered slips or falls around the home, with the bathroom often being the main culprit due to the high step required to get over...
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Has Your Mobility Reduced Following A Spell In Hospital?

We’re often approached by people, or the relatives of people, who are in hospital or have just left and returned home. The reason for their contact is that the individual who received an operation, or treatment for an unexpected injury or an ongoing medical condition, may have been left with impaired mobility which, regrettably, is now permanent. In these situations, they are looking t...
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Inspection Checklist

If You Own Or Manage A Care Home, Will Your Bathroom Pass Inspection?

If you’re in the care home business as an owner or manager you’ll know the bathroom can be one of the areas that falls under close scrutiny. In fact, inspector’s concerns over the bathroom seem to be a recurring factor when it comes to homes receiving inadequate ratings. Some can even close not long after receiving such a negative verdict, leading to the residents suffering...
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We Did Not Want Him To Buy A Walk-In Bath

For many people, a walk-in bath is a major undertaking, representing a large financial expense as well as a big change in every day living. This is why, when it comes to choosing a walk-in bath or easy access shower, being able to visit a showroom displaying these items is important to ensuring you’re making...
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Avoid Care Home Fees With A Bathroom Adaptation

With declining mobility there comes a point where a person has to consider giving up their independence and moving into a care home. In some cases this will be the most appropriate solution. In other situations, some individual’s will still be able to undertake many day to day tasks independently and just struggle with other daily tasks such as using the bathroom. In these cases adapti...
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How To Improve The Bathing Experience For Someone With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition marked by tremor, muscular rigidity and slow imprecise movement. Understandably this leads to normal day-to-day tasks becoming difficult, including use of the bathroom.

By implementing a few simple changes, you can help make a huge difference to someone with Parkinson’s disease being able to use the bathroom safel...
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“Dear all at Absolute Mobility, I have used that bath several times now and I’m delighted with it! being able to try it on your mobile showroom definitely made the difference so thank you for coming out to me so quickly.”

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