What is Lupus? – Lupus Awareness Month

What is Lupus? - Lupus Awareness Month

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October brings about Lupus Awareness month and this article is dedicated to raising awareness of Lupus. But first of all, some of you might not be aware of what Lupus is and how it can affect you and your loved ones.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. Now when explaining exactly what Lupus is and how the disease works we will be getting a little technical. Lupus is a disease in which your immune system attacks your own body. Your immune system is made up of white blood cells which defend your body against foreign invaders. Normally when foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria invade your body, some of your white blood cells identify them as foreign because they contain substances called antigens.

This recognition causes some of your white blood cells to make chemical markers called antibodies. These antibodies attach to the antigens, marking the foreign invaders as targets for your immune system to destroy them. In an autoimmune disease such as Lupus, your white blood cells mistakenly make antibodies to mark some of your body cells, and circulate chemicals for destruction. When the antibodies attach to your normal cells, your white blood cells begin to attack them as if they were foreign antigens. Over time this autoimmune response causes inflammation in parts of your body. Wherever this attack is happening, inflammation makes the blood vessels in the affected area expand and leak fluid, causing redness and swelling.

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The Symptoms of Lupus

The symptoms of Lupus happen as your immune system begins to attack different areas of your body. You may develop a butterfly-shaped skin rash on your cheeks and nose. You may also develop small sores or ulcers inside your nose or mouth. You may develop arthritis, where your joints become inflamed and swollen. When your fingers are cold, they may even turn blue or white, this is called Raynaud’s Phenomenon. With Lupus, you may also suffer from pains during deep breathing caused by Pleurisy.This is a condition in which the outer lining of your lungs become inflamed.


Your white blood cells may create antibodies that attach to bits of your DNA from worn-out cells. The attached pairs called an Immune Complex can lodge in your kidneys causing inflammation, this disorder is called Lupus Nephritis. Flare-ups of any of these symptoms, even those not relating to your skin, may be caused by an initial reaction to sunlight called photosensitivity.

Other common Lupus symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Swelling of the legs, feet, hands, or skin around your eyes
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Hair loss

Treatments

Lupus is sometimes known as the great imitator because its many symptoms are found in other health problems.

Currently, there is no cure for Lupus however there are ways to prevent or reduce flare-ups:

  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Wearing suncream
  • Using a high protection factor of suncream

Although there is no cure for Lupus there are certain medications you can take that can help with the symptoms. Lupus is mostly found in women, it is 9x more common in women than in men. The age that it tends to affect people is from 15-45. Also sometimes Lupus can be a big part of your life and then go away. Here is a list of some of the medications/treatments that your doctor may recommend:

  • Anti inflammatory drugs
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Anti malarial drugs
  • Immune system suppressing drugs
  • Physical therapy

Age Care Bathrooms

Arthritis brought on by Lupus can be very debilitating and can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. We have experience in working with many clients with Lupus and other medical conditions which restrict mobility and make everyday tasks difficult to complete. If you or somebody you know is experiencing difficulties with their mobility due to the complications of Lupus, speak to us today to discuss the changes we can make in your home, to make using the bathroom a little easier. Visit our contact page.

A Guide To Bathrooms For The Elderly

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When designing a bespoke type of bathroom for you or a family member it may seem slightly overwhelming. This guide is here to help you understand all the different types of products and fitting that will be best suited for your ideal bathroom for the elderly. Age Care Bathrooms are the leading experts in the mobility sector and have over 20 years experience in designing and installing custom bathrooms to fit our clients requirements. 

 

Bathrooms to fit your home 

 

When choosing your bathroom it’s important to make sure it fits your needs, comfortable and also fits within your budget. We have a huge range in styles and fittings so that you can design your new bathroom for the elderly with your taste in mind. When picking your style you can add fixtures and fittings that will benefit you and those who use your bathroom. 

 

Future-proofing your bathroom

 

If you feel that you aren’t at the stage were you need to fully change you entire bathroom yet then Age Care Bathrooms have many fixtures you can add into your current bathroom which will set you up for a good start on future proofing your bathroom to suit your needs. 

 

Get the right one for your needs

 

If you are unsure of what you will need then speak to our fantastic team who will guide you through the process from start to finish. They have designed and fitting thousands of bathrooms over the years and have a wealth of knowledge. Also you could get advice from a registered occupational therapist to see what equipment/fittings would be best for your needs.  

 

Suit your budget

 

Adapting your bathroom can be pricey but with Age Care Bathrooms we help you to design your bathroom to suit your budget. Your bathroom will be unique and built to your needs and requirements. We will provide a no obligation consultation and quote specific to your bathroom. Our Team are able to offer you very competitive quotes, as we do not use subcontractors. 

 

Walk in bath

 

 Age Care Bathrooms provide an excellent range of walk in baths. We know that after a long day, nothing beats a good soak. Our walk in baths are perfect and have a very low entry threshold with an inwards opening door. If you require a shallow bath to meet your needs then there is a range of different ones that can be installed. We can add assistance poles or grab rails to help you get in and out of the bath.  Age Care Bathrooms will also install an anti slip floor in you bathroom to ease your mind and keep you safe. Also they will get rid of your old bath for you, so that you are free to use your new bath as soon as possible.   

 

Bath seat

 

Whatever addition you need for your bathroom, we at Age Care Bathrooms can provide for you what you want. We have a range of different bath seats and also seats that can be lifted into the bath tub via a lift/hoist. Make sure to speak to one of our friendly team about what exactly you will need in your bathroom. 

 

Bath lifts and hoists 

 

A bath lift will gently lower you down into a bath tub. Your occupational therapist may suggest a bath lift/hoist to help you in and out of the bath, or you may have seen them for yourself and be interested in having one in your home. Again, there are a range of options available and we can help you pick which is best for you and tailor it around your budget.  

 

Walk in showers (Wet rooms)

 

If your mobility is very restricted due to old age, or you are a wheelchair user, then a walk in shower (also referred to as a wet room) may be more suited to you. With a walk in shower, there is no step or tray to walk over when entering the shower area, the floor is completely level meaning that entering and existing the shower is as easy as possible. When it comes down to designing your walk in shower, you can pick between a range of doors and screens.

 

We have a great team at Age Care Bathrooms who will make sure the whole room becomes water tight, so there is no need to worry about any leaking. We also make sure the entire wet room floor will be covered in anti slip flooring. Wet rooms are also extremely easy to maintain and clean!

 

Shower seats and controls

 

When choosing a shower seat and controls you should consider safety and comfort. When designing your bathroom for the elderly you pick what suits you best. Shower seats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, fixed or not. We recommend to always make sure you take extra care when using a shower seat and to make sure you have handrails to help you get up and down. When choosing you control it’s important to think about what type of bath/shower you are using and will these controls be best suited to you or your loved ones.

 

Remember that Age Care Bathrooms have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and will be happy to discuss the many different options for you. So why not give Age Care Bathrooms a call to explore your options today? Call 0800 999 8994.

A Guide To Disabled Showers

If you have a disability, it can be difficult and confusing when searching for a shower to suit your needs. There are many different choices and features to decide between. At Age Care Bathrooms we have constructed this helpful guide to navigate you through the features and equipment you will need for your disabled shower.

 

When it comes to disabled showers there are many different types of showers you can have to accommodate your level of mobility. Here are a few things to consider when deciding which type would be best for you:

 

  • The size of your current shower/bathroom 
  • What type of disability you have and what equipment/features you will need
  • Your size and weight 
  • Style choice 
  • Who else will be using the shower

 

These factors are important when designing your disabled shower, but it’s worth remembering that Age Care Bathrooms have installed thousands of bathrooms over the age and have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to designing and installing disabled showers.

 

What is a Low Level Shower?

A low level shower (also known as a walk in shower) is suited to those who have limited mobility but are able to take a small step into the shower. Low level shower trays are up to 40mm high in height. They are great for small properties with not much space.

 

What is a Level Access Shower?

A level access shower (also known as a wetroom) is a shower where there is no tray/lip at all to step over. This means there are absolutely no limitations in term of accessibility. These are great for wheelchair users!

 

Over-bath Showers

By having an over-bath shower it can make a huge difference, also it can be very cost effective and still allow other household users to shower in the same way as before. It involves installing the shower controls just above the tabs and makes it easier for you to reach them whilst sitting. There will be some plumbing involved and we would also recommend using a board or seat that fits across your bath. Also getting some grab rails are advised to help you in and out of the bath. We would only recommend using this type of shower if you are comfortable with climbing over the bath.

 

How Do You Shower With a Shower Chair?

Having a shower in the morning is great for getting you energized and ready for the day. Using a shower chair is safe and comfortable, here are a few things to consider when using a shower chair safety:

 

  • Make sure that the shower chair is set firmly and does not wobble
  • Make sure you have all you need to clean yourself in reach
  • Make sure you either put a towel down or some anti slip flooring down
  • Make sure not to make too many sudden movements 
  • If the shower is for your or a person with a disability then make sure to take them through the process and then give them their own privacy unless they need it 
  • Make sure your weight is distributed properly, avoid sitting on the edge.

 

Shower Cubicles

Shower cubicles are designed to be more accessible than climbing in and out of a bath. When it comes to picking which type would be more suited to your needs, then you have a few options. There is the corner cubicles which fit in the corner of your bath, ideal for minimum space. Full cubicles can be placed anywhere in your bathroom, they have three sides and a cubicle door. Age Care Bathrooms always recommend that you add grab rails in any of your cubicle showers. One again, our amazing team can help you pick the equipment and fittings that suit your needs. This may be adding seats, shower controls, anti slip flooring and many more.

 

Shower Toilets

This can be ideal for small bathrooms, they include as the names suggest a toilet and a shower combined. You can sit on the toilet to shower and some units can include a wash basin.

 

Shower Trays

Shower trays come in all different shapes and sizes, they can be used for level access showers, stepped access, ramped access and for wet rooms.

 

Shower Units

When choosing your shower unit you have many options to fit your needs. You have Thermostatic mixer shower which will pre heat water from your boiler or hot water tank. They automatically compensate if the pressure changes. They also make sure you don’t get scalded if someone else in the house turns the cold water on. Also you can have Instant or electric showers, these are great for reducing fluctuation in water temperature and keep your showers at the right temperature. Last we have a few different types of Shower unit controls, these are great for you to set your shower up to your needs. If you have sight loss you may wish to shortlist shower units that have achieved ‘RNIB approved’ endorsement. These showers are designed with those with sight loss specifically.

 

Getting In and Out of a Bath or Shower

If getting in and out of the shower is not always be easy, then it’s time to change that. We supply many different features and fitting to help you with getting in and out of your shower/bath. Here are some of the features that we can offer you.
Grab rails are offered to customers to help stabilize them and provide them with extra grip around the shower/bathroom. These can placed around the walls of the bathroom.
Horizontal rails are great for both walk in showers and baths, they are great for pushing up from when you have been sitting down and provide great support when it comes to sitting down.
Vertical rails can be placed in suitable locations in the bathroom to provide extra support. Having them located next to a shower seat can be very helpful so that it will help prevent you slipping off the seat.
Shower boards are designed to fit over the top of your bath to act as a seat so you can shower using your tradition set up. These do not work with shower screens due to the amount of space they take up.
Swivel bath seat fits over the bath and can swivel into the bath, these seats are great and have fantastic back support and armrest. These seats are set in a fixed position and do not lower into the bath.

 

Shower Stools, Seats and Chairs

Having somewhere to sit in your shower can make a big difference, not everyone will be able to support their own body or may be uncomfortable to do so. Here we have a range of different was to sit in the shower. It is worth saying that you should always check to see if your shower tray or bath is capable of having a seat sat on it with the added weight of a person. You can discuss this with Age Care Bathrooms to see what tray/bath is most suited to you. Here are some of the different seats you can use:

 

  • Shower stools come with non slip feet and sometimes with back support and adjustable legs. They can be made out of different materials mostly plastic and come with either three or four legs. 
  • Wall mounted seats come in two different categories, either static or hinged. Some come with back support and armrests, but you must enquire to see if there are any weight restrictions. 
  • Shower chairs come in all shapes and sizes and can come either static or mobile. All shower seats will come with a rubber cups on the legs to prevent any slipping. You can have a shower chair with armrests and a padded seating. Make sure to talk to our team about what shower chair you would like. 
  • Shower chair with castor bases are ideal for mobility within and showers and cubicles. These are designed to have metal frames and have plastic seat, they are generally smaller so take up less space.  
  • Self-propelled wheeled shower chairs are designed so you can propel yourself independently into a shower or cubicle. This chair can be operated by yourself or someone else pushing the chair and it can travel across most surfaces in your home.

 

Equipment For Use Whilst Showering

It’s not only the shower that can make a difference to your use, it’s also the equipment you use too. Here are a list of different equipment that can help you and your specific needs:

 

  • Shower head holders tend to be set in fixed positions in your existing showers, you can have adjustable shower head holders to set the shower head to a height that suits your needs.  
  • Shower screen and enclosures can be portable or fixed and are great for wet rooms and walk in showers. They come in a range of different configurations and help keep carers dry.  
  • Long handled bathing aids are great to help you wash yourself without having to reach and stretch which may cause discomfort. 
  • Leg lifters help you move your legs, when seated on a chair or swivel chair over the rim of the bath. You use a reinforced strap with a loop and one end, then you physically lift your leg into the bath. 
  • Showers steps help you with getting in and out of the bath with that little added height adjustment. They are not recommended for those who struggle with their balance, also we recommend using these on an anti slip flooring to prevent any slips or falls.  
  • Anti-slip products are great to provide you with that extra security when using your shower. We have many different styles of anti-slip strips and we also supply different bath mats.

 

Shower Safety

Most doctors advise that the ideal shower temperature should be 41 degrees celsius. The best way to look at it is, if you see your skin getting red or flushed then the temperature is probably too high. You can get specific temperature gauges installed so you can find the optimum temperature.
Remember that Age Care Bathrooms have a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and will be happy to discuss the many different options for you. So why not give Age Care Bathrooms a call to explore your options today? Call 0800 999 8994

A Guide To Mobility Bathrooms

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Bathrooms aren’t always the most accessible room in your home. We know that choosing the right one to fit your needs can be difficult. But at Age Care Bathrooms we have 20 plus years in designing and installing purpose built bathrooms to suit your or a loved one’s needs. We have designed this guide to help you design a bathroom that fits your needs. 

 

A Lot To Choose From 

At Age Care Bathrooms we have designed and installed thousands of baths made to your specifications. We have a huge range of disabled showers, disabled baths and everything you need to create a bathroom suited to your needs. Our fantastic team will give advice on fixtures and fittings. For your free bathroom quotation, please call us on 0800 999 8994.

 

Easy access bathroom 

When designing your ideal bathroom it’s important to think if your current bathroom is future-proof. Are you able to climb in and out of the bath? Would having a walk in bath be more suitable for you or a walk in shower? Would it be a good idea to add some grab rails in the bathroom to make it safer for you and your loved ones? These are the questions you can ask our team about and work out which would be best for you. 

 

Walk in showers

At Age Care Bathrooms we have a huge range of different baths, cubicle showers, toilet showers. You can customise these in anyway you like. This can be if you want a specific shower tray, some come with ramp access. Also your choose between doors and screens. Screens for example can be used for carers to keep them dry if they were to help you bathe.  

Walk in baths 

You can also request having a shallow bath also. The walk in bath has an opening with an inwards facing door, to allow you easy access in and out of the bath. You can also request having a shallow bath also. We also recommend that when you have a bath installed that you have an anti slip floor and safety rails places as this will provide you with safety, comfort and peace of mind. 

 

Level access showers 

Level access showers are great for those with limited mobility, or for those that need extra space in the shower. All the level access showers will be fitted with an anti slip floor to keep you safe. There is a common misconception that having a level access shower in your home will mean that there will be water everywhere in the bathroom. This is not true when it comes to our fantastic team. We make sure that your bathroom will be water tight and be easy to maintain and clean. 

 

Shower seats and rails

When it comes to your mobility all our customers are different. Everyone has different needs and requirements. We here at Age Care Bathrooms pride ourselves in providing everyone with the bathroom to make their lives more comfortable, safer and mobility friendly. Shower seats can make a big difference to your current shower. They are designed to take the pressure off your joints or help with balancing when showering. We will advise you on which is best for your specification. We also we have a huge range of rails, polls and other fixtures to help you in your bathroom. 

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Bathroom aids

We have a selection of different bathroom equipment to help you with your mobility. You may need a long handled bathroom aid to help you to wash yourself and reach parts you wouldn’t normally be able to due to stretching or bending. We also supply leg lifters which is a piece of equipment that will help you physically move your legs from the edge of the bath into the tub. This can be done whilst sat on a shower/swivel chair in the bath. To check out our huge list and also to enquire what equipment might help with your mobility, then please contact our team.   

 

If a mobility bathroom isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, we here at Age Care Bathrooms can help with a variety of services. If you’re looking for a level access shower or a complete walk in bath transformation, our team would love to hear from you to see how we could help.

 

For a free quote today please call us on 0800 999 8994 or fill in our contact form.

Common Dementia Bathroom Issues – How to Ensure That Your Bathroom is Dementia-Friendly

Dementia Bathroom Issues

When it comes to your loved one living with dementia, living at home can give them their desired independence and also the means to continue enjoying a familiar environment. It’s important to ensure that your loved one is safe as well as providing them with mental stimulation to keep them active.

When it comes to the bathroom, there are many common issues that may arise from a family member living with dementia. Some of these include:

  • Not being able to find the toilet when they need it which may cause anxiety
  • The bathroom environment is too cluttered and confusing
  • The lighting isn’t proficient enough for someone to clearly see the facilities
  • Not being able to recognise the toilet

 

Tips to Help Make Your Bathroom Dementia-Friendly

At Age Care Bathrooms, we’ve put together some easy tips that can be implemented to help your loved one when it comes to using the bathroom at home:

  • Clearly signpost the bathroom – Help the person understand where the bathroom is by putting an easy to recognise sign on the door, clearly visible with both words and pictures. Ensure this sign is bright and easy to see
  • Declutter the bathroom – Having a clear bathroom can help a person have a clearer mind. By decluttering the bathroom this can help to create a less confusing environment
  • Declutter the route to your bathroom – moving any awkward furniture out of the way can help create a clear and easy to navigate path in the home
  • Ensure the bathroom is well lit – having a well-lit bathroom helps your loved one identify their surroundings. Motion sensors may be something to consider for night-time, or ensuring that the lights are kept on through the night
  • Contrasting colours – having contrasting colours makes specific objects easier to see. If your bathroom is predominantly a neutral colour, have the toilet seat be a blue colour so they can identify it quickly
  • Familiar and easy to use controls – Ensure that the toilet, bath and shower controls are easy to use and familiar in design

 

One of the main points we would stress is: try to identify potential blockers by putting yourself in their shoes. E.g. If your bathroom has mirrors, could this be a potential blocker with your loved one believing the toilet is already occupied and not using it?

 

Looking for a Dementia-Friendly Bathroom?

Here at Age Care Bathrooms we pride ourselves on understanding exactly what our customers want and need. When it comes to dementia and Alzheimer’s, we take into consideration the different aspects that help to make the bathroom experience comfortable and talk through all of this with you. If you’re interested in having our independent family-run business look to help you create a dementia friendly bathroom, get in contact with us now!