A new campaign by Abacus Healthcare highlights how occupational therapists can gain funding for assisted baths through the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).
The ‘#BathingIsBetter’ initiative was shared by Kate Sheehan during the OT Show at the Birmingham NEC.
Kate said: “Throughout my client facing work I regularly meet families and disabled children who would choose to bathe, however many are only offered a wet room or shower conversion through a DFG.
“Meeting budgets is indeed a challenge these days and all professionals have to consider what is necessary and appropriate, however there is legislation that clearly supports the case for bath provision.”
When a disabled client requires specialist assistance with washing, many local authorities choose to fund adapted showering or wet room facilities instead of a bath with transfer seat or hi-lo functionality.
This can be based on the preconception that accessible showering provision is more cost effective, however, in many circumstances this is not the case and not appropriate for the client, Kate explained.
If carers feel that a bath is essential for a disabled child or adult, then the #BathingIsBetter free advice guides, videos and social media help justify a successful DFG application.