* This post is written by one of our volunteer guest bloggers Barry Redican, CEO of Showerbuddy New Zealand Ltd - it is not sponsored. *
Although my job title might read CEO, my real job title is “helping people with disabilities access their bathroom”. It is also the mantra that the Showerbuddy team live by, but sadly not everyone has the same mindset.
It is with dismay that I continuously learn about the lack of non-accessible homes around the world, even to the extent described by Lauren in a previous blog post titled “Accessible Homes”. What a tragedy that today, developers and designers still plan and build inaccessible homes, buildings and public spaces. It simply does not make sense! I won’t be the only one who questions whether they are really thinking about their current and future customers as they should. It also causes those with additional needs to doubt whether they could truly meet their access requirements, even with prior education and planning.
The demographic of ageing populations is a scary prospect, as we are ageing in far greater numbers than other any time in history. Medical technology is also continually advancing, meaning there is a larger number of people living with disabilities within today’s population. Yet modern bathrooms are generally not constructed with these users in mind. Luckily for people with reduced mobility, for the past 13-years, Showerbuddy has been developing and producing a range of wonderful products to solve these in-home access problems.
Showerbuddy is an international award-winning company manufacturing shower commode chairs, which slide and transfer users in a comfortable and safe seated position. Whether it’s over a bathtub or shower step, our products can do it all. With the ability to side transfer users directly from their bed to the chair, then roll into the bathroom for washing and toileting, Showerbuddy also reduces the risk of injury to both user and caregiver because there is less manual lifting and transfers involved.
Because of this, our products are perfect for those who rent or perhaps live in a multi-story apartment where it is not possible to modify the existing bathroom. It also allows for ageing-in-place, meaning an elderly person wishing to remain at home can do so with ease, as opposed to being moved into a care facility. Best of all, when you consider the cost of a bathroom remodels, if it is even possible to do, the Showerbuddy is a far more feasible purchase. This is why Showerbuddy solutions have brought joy and comfort to thousands of people with little to no mobility.
To find your nearest Showerbuddy store or distributor, simply click here. For more information on our range of Showerbuddy chairs, please check out the list of links and contact details below. And finally, to learn about my latest creation is helping people with disabilities, Occupational Therapists and property developers to modify bathrooms with ease, check out our next guest blog post!