Case Study By Gainsborough Specialist Bathing

Date Posted: 25 October 2017

25th October 2017

One of the most luxurious care homes ever selects Gentona and Sentes baths

Opened in July 2017 Kings Lodge is a stunning 64-bed care home operated by Aura Care Living that provides luxurious and opulent accommodation. Offering a combination of high level residential and dementia care, Kings Lodge is a state-of-the-art facility styled on a European ski-lodge set in 15 acres of mature woodland. Located in Camberley, Surrey, this innovative building is championing a new concept in person-centred care – its selection of four assistive baths by Gainsborough Specialist Bathing is instrumental to this approach.

Kings Lodge has been meticulously designed to provide the highest standards of residential and specialist dementia care in the most luxurious of surroundings. Its superior care provision is based on a flexible and adaptable approach that changes as client needs change – delivered through a high staff-to-resident ratio.

The 100-strong care team includes specialist nurses along with co-ordinating residential engagement officers. The Kings Lodge ethosis to promote a sense of home and to ensure people enjoy living in a supported environment without a feeling of failure. Featured in the press, this care home has been labelled as one of the most luxurious care homes ever,with beautiful décor, contemporary design and high quality equipment. This is why two power-assisted Gentona and Sentes baths from Gainsborough have been selected to provide the ultimate accessible bathing experience.

Every bedroom at Kings Lodge has a high specification en-suite wet room however residents have the choice to bathe in four specialist bathrooms. These facilities are popular with residents especially new arrivals who have not been able to bathe for sometime due to access issues.

The Gentona provides a powered bather transfer seat and variable height functionality for safe moving and handling. If residents have greater postural challenges or more complex needs, the reclining Sentes bath provides a more supportive solution.

Offering the opportunity to bathe is a major benefit at Kings Lodge as it relaxes resident sand can improve therapy sessions. Maintainability and well-being is a key factor within the atmosphere of Kings Lodge which is greatlyenhanced by the Gainsborough baths.

Jane Whittaker, Mobilization Manager, has worked in the care sector for over 20 years and has been a key member of the Kings Lodge team since 2015. As a qualified nurse she has fulfilled several roles during her career and when equipment procurement became part of her remit, she has always chosen Gainsborough for specialist bath provision.

Jane explains: “When have years of experience in various care facilities you know what products are reliable and trustworthy. Longevity is so important with products however many pieces of equipment may look good these days but simply do not last. Whereas I know Gainsborough baths are durable. They deliver long term value and are exceptionally cost effective through operational savings and a competitive price. Many homes look at purchasing cheaper products however this strategy costs more in the long run. Here at Kings Lodge all our equipment is top quality,this is why we specified the Gentona and Sentes baths.”

Jane continues: “It is my responsibility to ensure all equipment at Kings Lodge delivers utmost safety and comfort. Before purchase I discussed Gainsborough in detail with my Managing Director and we both agreed their bathing solutions were ideal for our clients and carers. They have an excellent reputation for quality products and outstanding after sales support. All aspects of the installation from site surveys to commissioning were implemented without a hitch and now the baths are in use, they fit perfectly with our high-quality care provision. They look lovely and fit perfectly with our style of décor, the clean lines complement the contemporary and luxurious bathrooms we offer at Kings Lodge.”

The two Gentona baths were specified so that semi-ambulant bathers with limited core stability could enjoy bathing in a seated position. This provides greater reassurance to bathers who prefer to avoid a recumbent position especially as the transfer seat includes armrests and a safety belt. Alternatively, the Sentes baths provide the option to recline for service users who require a greater level of postural support. Together these different models offer a choice in bathing experiences at Kings Lodge.

The Gainsborough baths are used by several residents on a daily basis and all feedback has been positive. The controlled transition into water means residents can easily cope with the change and the overall process is stimulating yet relaxing. Carers are equally enthused about the baths as they are easy to control with efficient actions and smooth movement. They can operate at safe working heights without the need for excessive bending, stooping or lifting when helping residents to bathe. This reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injury and resultant staff sickness – further enhancing the operational efficiencies at Kings Lodge.

In summary Jane says: “Overall Gainsborough baths have been chosen as a high quality solution for a high quality care facility. They deliver a superior bathing experience that perfectly complements our ethos for client centric care that is luxurious and of the utmost standard. We believe Kings Lodge is a new breed of care home, an opulent home for people to thrive in comfort and style.Gainsborough baths help us deliver this exceptional experience.”

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