Showering System Offers Comfortable, Efficient Shower Options
Arjo manufactures two showering systems that offer patients comfort and security from bed to shower, yet for efficiency, require the assistance of only one attendant and no manual lifting. The Arjo Basic Shower Trolley and the Arjo Shower Cabinet are both designed to provide efficient use of space and staff time, effective water conservation, and a safer showering environment for staff and patients alike.
The Arjo Basic Shower Trolley is a unique patient transfer, transport and showering system, accommodating these related functions all in one versatile unit. It tilts and is heightadjustable for easy patient transfer from either side of the bed, and for comfortable and secure transport. Once in the showering area, the Shower Trolley is raised to a comfortable working height, and the patient can be easily positioned for convenient accessibility.
The patient remains on the waterproof mattress for showering and shampooing, while a waterproof pillow provides additional comfort and support. A wedgeshaped sub-mattress pillow can be used to raise the patient's head and shoulders to a comfortable height. An accessory back support can be adjusted to three different positions. Shower water is contained by the raised sides of the Shower Trolley, and can be drained into a flush sink, toilet or floor drain, keeping staff and floors safe and dry.
The side rails can be easily raised and lowered, and the sliding end rail can adjust overall trolley length by two inches. The foot lever control rotates to allow height adjustment from either side of the trolley, a wheel guide makes maneuvering easier, and brakes prevent unwanted movement during use. The mattress is easily removed for cleaning, and a two-handed locking device allows the Shower Trolley to be tilted for cleaning and disinfection.
For seated-position showering, Arjo's Shower Cabinet offers ease of transfer and a sense of privacy for both ambulatory and wheelchair patients. Its raised sidewalls and removable entry splash guard offer privacy and keep staff and floors dry. Sturdy, built-in grab bars allow ambulatory patients to enter the cabinet easily, and a sliding seat comfortably transfers patients from wheelchair to shower, automatically locking in place in either the forward or back position. The Shower Cabinet is available with a built-in toilet function for convenient patient toileting. An optional shampoo basin provides added convenience.
For more information, contact Arjo Inc., 8130 Lehigh Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053 or call (800) 323-1245.
Resource Manual Provides Support to Health Services Professional in Geriatrics
Professionals providing health care to America's elderly are facing growing waiting lists for their services and are scrambling to find ways to meet this increasing need. At the same time, they are facing the prospects of budget crunching as government agencies, on both state and federal levels, cut funding opportunities for medical and social programs serving the elderly.
A new resource manual, What's Working in Eldercare, addresses these problems by providing elderly health services professionals with easy-to-follow strategies to meet these increasing demands for their services and fresh ideas for stretching their budgets without compromising quality of care.
The 450+ page book, published by Health Resources Publishing, presents key advice from industry experts and real-life effective strategies from some of the nation's top eldercare programs. What's Working in Eldercare provides insight into tested techniques eldercare professionals have implemented to meet the special needs of their elderly clients and methods they have developed to make their programs profitable.
The book provides easy-to-implement marketing and fund-raising tactics, details from architectural experts on design tips to incorporate that will provide ease to both elderly clients and the staff who care for them, solutions on staffing problems, and advice for recruiting and making the best use of volunteers.
What's Working in Eldercare is available for $99.95, plus $7.50 shipping and handling. Contact Health Resources Publishing, 3100 Highway 138, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442 or call (800) 516-4343.
Resources for Geriatric Professional Offered on New Web Site
Geriatric Video Productions has announced the launch of a site on the Worldwide Web for health care staff working with geriatric patients. Located at http://www.geriatricvideo.com, the new Web site provides educational resources for nurses and psychologists working in geriatric care settings, including hospitals and subacute facilities, as well as nursing homes and other longterm care facilities.
Resources on the Web site include training videos produced by Geriatric Video Productions and other companies, as well as a changing collection of abstracts of journal articles related to geriatric health and links to related sites elsewhere on the Web. Topics of video educational programs offered range from Preventing Falls to Caring for Agitated & Restless Patients as well as a series on Wound Care. The site also offers visitors the opportunity to win a free copy of the Merck Geriatric Manual.
For more information, contact Geriatric Video Productions Inc., PO Box 55742, Indianapolis, IN 46205, or call (800) 621-9181.