Access Walk-in Baths to deliver world-leading design, safety and hygiene at KBB
11th Feb 2022
Access Walk-in Baths, part of Gainsborough Healthcare Group, will be showcasing a range of its most popular accessible bathing solutions at KBB – representing the forefront of future-proofed enabling design and safety for bathers with restricted mobility.
KBB 2022, 6-9 March 2022, NEC Birmingham. Stand E50.
Since 1988 Gainsborough has been providing life enhancing bathing in the domestic and long-term care markets. Available through trade distributors and dealers, its Access range of specialist baths ensures maximum independence and lifestyle fulfilment for elderly and disabled bathers through innovative access, hygiene and safety features.
The Easy Riser represents the ultimate powered reclining solution. It provides total support for users with a reclining seat that encompasses a comfortable backrest and lateral support. The low access, wide entry glass door enhances safety, so bathers do not have to lift legs in and out of the bath. Its contemporary design blends with all bathroom decor and provides simple to understand controls. If bathers are seeking a more streamlined compact bathing experience, then the Georgia combines maximum practicality with elegance – including a lifetime leak free door seal as with all Access baths.
The Indiana is a full-length, “P-shaped” bath which combines a slim-line footprint with ample bathing and showering space. It includes a powered vertical rising seat for safer transfers and the option to add a contoured shower screen to complement the stylish glass walk-in door.
If bathers are seeking a standard sized bath but with added assistance, then the Montana offers more powered functionality. It has an electrically operated seat and low-level access which makes getting into and out of the bath easy – helping to maintain independence. If the seat isn’t required, it’s quick to remove, making this special feature inconspicuous and ensuring the Montana is equally ideal for unassisted bathing.
The Tennessee bath is a popular choice from the Access Midi range with its ultra-compact shape and outward opening, wide access door. Suitable for bathers who prefer a fully upright seated position, the Tennessee has slip-resistant surfaces and effortless door locking operation.
Access baths are unique in the UK as they are all supplied with built-in antimicrobial BioCote. This silver-ion technology is integrated during the manufacturing process so cannot be wiped or worn away. As proven in Gainsborough baths for care homes and hospitals, once installed BioCote provides 99% 24/7 protection against influenza A H1N1, E. coli, Salmonella and CRO, CRE, VRE and MRSA. It also benefits domestic bathers by reducing stains and odours whilst increasing durability.
Developed in close cooperation with healthcare professionals and end users, the Access range consists of 11 baths with 25 different configurations. This choice is strengthened through advanced options such as Bluetooth sound, Chromotherapy and Air Spa. In term of taste, Gainsborough’s manufacturing capabilities allow all Access baths to be finished in any bespoke colour – offering a new retro alternative to the standard white. Precision construction with attention-to-detail provides guaranteed lifetime leak-free seals and a 10-year warranty. These promises are reinforced by reliable components and high-grade materials which deliver a quality finish and feel.
Access Walk-in Baths support BHTAs call to choose its members for trusted home adaptations
10th June 2021
Part of the Gainsborough Healthcare Group, Access is a leading brand of walk-in baths, diligently manufactured in the UK for over 30 years – it is a member of the British Healthcare Trades Association and supports its latest campaign to encourage home adaptations through trusted providers.
The Access range of compact to full-length walk-in baths provides a safe and accessible bathing experience for users with restricted mobility. Available through trade dealers, plumbing and building merchants, Access Walk-in Baths provide a proven choice for independence and peace of mind in the home. Gainsborough Healthcare Group is a member of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) which means it is a trusted seller that adheres to a strict code of conduct as approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). This ensures its customers receive a fair deal and ethical service which is delivered by Access through a carefully selected network of distributors.
Access only signposts customers to reputable providers so product quality is matched by exceptional service – this is the support the BHTA champions to combat recent distrust in tradespeople.
Representing over 400 companies in the healthcare and assistive technology industry, the BHTA and its members work to create an ethical trading environment that gives consumers confidence. It has highlighted recent market research completed by Ipsos MORI for the Good Home Inquiry – an independent review of England’s poor-quality housing stock commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better. The survey was conducted online with adults in England aged 18-75 to understand people’s attitudes around home improvements and why many are avoiding accessible adaptations if mobility becomes challenging. Findings from the 50-70 age bracket suggest:
- 59% do not trust tradespeople will do a good job
- 56% feel tradespeople will not give a fair cost for the job
- 34% believe that a tradesperson or company being a member of an accredited trade association, such as the BHTA, increases their level of trust
- 32% state that they did not trust tradespeople at all
These opinions could represent a worrying trend, especially during the pandemic as elderly and disabled individuals resist vital adaptations in the home. This will impact on safety, confidence and mobility resulting in the need for extra care and pressures on the NHS through potential injuries. Adaptations, such as Access walk-in baths, provide support for people to maintain positive mental health and well-being, without dependency on others or the need for residential care.
Dr Simon Festing, Chief Executive Officer of the British Healthcare Trades Association, commented: “The results of this research reveal all our fears of dodgy tradespeople. But we believe that with the right approach, older people can still go ahead and get essential adaptations and improvements to their homes, which they need to live healthier and independent lives.”
“As one of the longest-established trade associations in the healthcare sector, the BHTA understands just how important trust is when it comes to having work carried out for vital installations, such as handrails, stairlifts, ramps and accessible baths and bathrooms.”
“We would encourage all consumers to go ahead and make the necessary changes to their homes to keep themselves safe, mobile and independent, by seeking out a BHTA member. Our members, such as Access Walk-in Baths, commit to our Code of Practice, ensuring they uphold standards over and above the law, to give consumers confidence that they are professional and ethical. We recommend consumers look out for the BHTA’s logo on companies’ websites and literature when searching for companies that provide and install home adaptations. The logo acts as a badge of trust and can be found proudly displayed by all BHTA members.”