Enware Caredesign has introduced a convenient and adaptable nursing bench that can be electrically raised and lowered to appropriate heights for the various activities involved in the care of elderly patients or people with disabilities.
“Where a person needs to be showered while lying down, for example, it is important that the nursing bench can be lowered to a suitable height for transfer from a wheelchair, then raised to a convenient working height for the carer,” said Sandor Franken, Business Development Manager for Enware Caredesign.
“It’s equally important that the bench is sufficiently comfortable and safe for the patient. These factors are catered for by the ergonomic design and the padded and protected surfaces of our nursing bench.”
The Caredesign nursing bench is intended for use in:
• Healthcare: disability facilities, childcare centres, hospitals, residential centres
• Aged care: nursing homes, shared housing
• Education: universities, schools, childcare centres
• Leisure: aquatic centres, gymnasiums
“A nursing bench is used either for washing a person, changing their clothes or providing care, such as applying bandages or medications,” Mr Franken said. “In all cases, carers have to follow OH&S guidelines, which mostly include a ‘no lifting’ policy."
“The nursing bench is typically installed in a disabled bathroom against a wall, to allow for proper care for the disabled individual and an appropriate work environment for the carer, so that this person doesn’t have to bend down and lift.”
Aquatic centres and gyms. After a pool or workout session, the disabled person can be easily transferred from a wheelchair onto the lowered nursing bench. The bench can then be raised to allow the carer to shower the person lying on the bench. The tray under the nursing bench allows the water to drain away and not drop onto the carer’s legs.
Schools and childcare centres. Children with a disability who are attending school will have a fulltime carer. When the child needs personal care or cleaning, the carer can take the child to the disabled bathroom which has a nursing bench installed. The child can be transferred to or can sit on the lowered bench. The carer can then raise the bench to a higher level to attend to the child.
The bench is for use in both wet and dry areas. The water collection tray is equipped with an integrated water outlet that prevents water from splashing on carers or the floor. A flexible hose attached to the centre-mounted outlet of the water collection tray floor can be connected to an outlet either in the floor or on the wall.
The nursing bench has comfortable surfaces for the patient. The bench, end caps and the safety rail brackets are covered with polyurethane foam. The slightly curved form of the bench makes it extremely secure and safe.
Accessories for the nursing bench include a shower head, shower mixer, baskets and bathroom accessories.