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I need help bathing/toileting my loved one

Why don’t you try? : Find equipment to help with bathing/toileting

If your loved one struggles with going to the toilet or bath/shower, there might be gadgets or equipment to help make life easier. There’s a range of equipment to help, examples include: Going to the toilet, a chair with hidden toilet (commode) & if getting to the toilet is difficult, push button to flush the toilet , raised toilet seat, bed pans. Using the bathroom, slip mat for the bath or shower, a rail to help you get out of the bath or shower, easy to turn handles for taps, bath lifts or transfer benches, bath and shower seats/stools.
How to get gadgets and equipment gadgets and equipment can be small or big, and costs vary. These websites will give you an idea of the types of equipment available, what they cost and where to buy them. Your local council offers a service that assesses your home and recommends equipment or adaptations. Having a home assessment is free. Your council should pay for equipment that costs less than £1,000. Ask social services at your local council about getting a home assessment.
A home assessment might also identify home adaptations that would make life easier for you. Getting a grant If you need it for an illness or disability, you might be able to get a grant to help with the cost’s Independence at Home has grants for disabled people and those with a long-term illness. Hiring or loaning equipment You might want to hire equipment, for example to see if it’s right for you before buying, if you only need it for a short while or you need it to take on holiday. Try searching online for: specialist disability equipment hire and local disability equipment suppliers.

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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Assess where there is difficulties and look into purchasing assistance aids directly or speak to your local authority/occupational therapist for a home assessment. There are aids around the home available such as raised toilet seats, bath hoists, grab rails and shower seats etc that they may be able to recommend and provide if you meet requirements ,

You can visit the Bridgit Shop at anytime to find our what products and services can support you.

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