Many carers feel as though they need the arms of an octopus to help shower clients at times.
The task can be particularly difficult if you have a shower commode that doesn’t meet the individual needs of the user. Dunedin’s Karen Menzies and her main carer Carina Stewart, Team Leader of McGlynn Bay View care home, recently discovered how much easier this routine task can be with the right equipment.
Long-time resident Karen, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was recently provided with a new RAZ attendant-propelled shower commode for showering and toileting.
“Karen’s lived in her care home for over 20 years, and I imagine she’s had her old shower commode for that entire time,” Carina explains.
“With her health declining, it didn’t give her any support at all. She was leaning over to the side, quite far. The back of the chair wasn’t very high, so she wasn’t getting the support she needed.