Medicash helps make bath time more fun at Claire House

Liverpool-based health cash plan provider has part funded a specially equipped height-adjustable bath at the Wirral hospice that will benefit hundreds of children every year.

From left, Claire House nurse Lisa Parr, Claire House, Sue Weir, Medicash CEO, and Andrew Pickering, Claire House

 

Bath time will be a happier experience for children being cared for at Claire House Children’s Hospice in Wirral thanks to the support of Medicash.

The Liverpool-based health cash plan provider has part funded a specially equipped height-adjustable bath at the hospice.

Claire House cared for 306 children and young people last year – a figure that has risen annually for the last five years.

The children have highly complex needs and many have severe disabilities which means they need specialist support and equipment for their daily routine including dressing, sleeping and bathing.

Now the new Avero bath will offer an air spa bubble system and lighting to make bath time a fun and enjoyable experience – especially for those with sensory impairments.

Adjustable floor to ceiling hoists mean that the youngsters can be transferred in and out of the bath safely and easily and its huge size – together with a range of internal supports and cushions – means they can move about freely and in total comfort.

Lisa Parr, nurse at Claire House, said: “Ensuring all the children at Claire House can bathe safely and comfortably whilst having fun at the same time is a small but essential part of our holistic approach to care.”

Some children come and visit Claire House as outpatients specifically to use the bath as they don’t have facilities like this at home.

Medicash chief executive, Sue Weir, added: “All children deserve to enjoy a comfortable and fun bath time, especially those being cared for by the wonderful team at Claire House.”

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