1. Poor Condition
In many care homes, staff and users can use assisted bathing equipment multiple times per day, seven days a week. They are essential in maintaining self-esteem and quality of life for your service users. However, with all this use, bathing equipment can degrade.
Common damage to baths includes scratches to the resin inside the bathtub. Whilst it might not seem an issue at the start, if left unfixed, it will eventually develop into chips which can cause many health and safety issues for users, such as causing lesions to their skin. Bathtub damage also causes an infection control risk, as bacteria can gather in the cracks and chips, making it difficult for staff to disinfect and clean the tub.
Assisted bathing equipment can also suffer from cracks and leaks in the plumbing components, which, if undetected, can lead to bigger issues within the bathroom, such as low water pressure and even localised flooding.
The poorer condition your assisted bath is in, the more likely it is to need repairs and maintenance to keep it in good working order. This work can cost more over time than the bath. This is when it’s time to consider replacing your bathing equipment.