Abacus Academy vehicles to be showcased at OT Show
Multi-award-winning Abacus is a proven choice for inclusive bathing solutions for bathers with disabilities. Its range of power assisted baths provide better outcomes for clients and their families in terms of safety, comfort and occupation. Abacus Regional Assessment Managers work closely with occupational therapists (OTs) and families so that the most appropriate bathroom equipment is provided every time. This relationship is enhanced by an assessment-led approach and the availability of Abacus demonstration vehicles across the UK.
With a range of baths onboard, potential users, relatives and supporting healthcare professionals, can physically test equipment in an enclosed, controlled environment. Eliminating the need for difficult, weather dependent demonstrations outside, Abacus provides the professional choice for clear clinical reasoning.
Alongside convenient client assessments, these vehicles provide ideal training environments for OTs. In association with the Abacus Academy, the educational programme run by the manufacturer, these vehicles regularly host CPD ‘lunch n learn’ workshops. Abacus Regional Assessment Managers and associates from the OT Service offer unique insight into assisted bathing from a practical and theoretical point of view. Attendees are able to experience a range of baths onboard whilst exploring various postural supports and therapeutic features.
Jane Reid, Occupational Therapist, uses Abacus for her client bathing assessments: “I have found assessments with an Abacus demonstration vehicle to be very successful. Clients are able to see and feel the bath equipment in a safe environment. Some of my ambulant clients and their family members have experienced sitting in the baths during the demo, which makes the assessment much more interactive for them. The vehicle provides shelter from the elements and also allows privacy during the assessment.”
As the baths are powered in the vehicle there is no need for products to be transferred into a demonstration space – meaning sessions can be easily and efficiently held in car parks. Abacus educational events can be hosted anywhere in the UK and continue to grow in popularity. They are free of charge and count towards CPD hours with certificates and reflective logs available.
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