Wednesday, 24 September 2014

VAT exemption for Mobility aids

We thought we should write a blog post about VAT Exemption as we receive a lot of calls from people who don't understand it. The major points are:
  1. You don't need a doctor's note to claim exemption - it is a simple self certification.
  2. You wouldn't be buying these items of equipment unless you needed them, so clearly you have a qualifying condition.
  3. If the value of the equipment and its installation is the majority of the cost, then the whole bathroom adaptation is VAT exempt. That can include tiling, flooring, basin and WC, etc.
  4. Even if you don't qualify for exemption, there is reduced VAT for the over 60s, currently 5%.
More details are on the government website.

Feel free to browse the Practical Bathing website for your needs and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like further information or help with your choices.

Call  01753 842944

Monday, 25 August 2014

People are Discovering the Benefits of the BioBidet

Combined Bidets & Toilet Seats

Bio Bidet Toilet Seats work with existing toilets to provide a hygienic means of cleansing with dignity. Eliminating the need for a separate bidet means:
  • space-saving, especially for compact rooms;
  • money saving, minimal plumbing;
  • no need for toilet tissue;
  • less effort, requiring users to sit down and stand up only once.
The Bio Bidet is a personal hygiene solution that offers gentle but thorough cleansing and suits people with a range of difficulties, including:
  • psoriasis,
  • eczema,
  • haemorrhoids,
  • incontinence,
  • mobility difficulties,
  • cancer.
Bio Bidet Seat
Bio Bidet seat
Bio Bidet  cleans more effectively and less harshly that using toilet paper. In some cases, using a Bio Bidet can also avoid carers having to assist with such a personal task. The control touch pad is easily accessible by the user or carer, if necessary.

Simple to install and amazingly effective, the Bio Bidet is easy and pleasant to use and can enhance a person's quality of life. The Bio Bidet is WRAS-approved, bringing a complete hygiene solution to everyone and toileting dignity to those who need some help.

All users can benefit from the easy functionality and a refreshed cleanliness. Follow the links for more photographs and details:
You may also qualify for VAT Exemption - call 01753 842944.

BioBidet Seat Spacers are also available, in 50mm or 80mm sizes. For use with the BioBidet 800 and 1000 models (and standard toilet seats), they raise the BioBidet seat for easier seating and rising.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Shower Seats – A Practical Bathing Alternative

There are many reasons why shower seats may be the best practical alternative for our clients:
  • the family bathroom needs to accommodate a range of ages and abilities
  • Mobile Shower Chair - Adjustable Height
    Mobile Shower Chair - Adjustable Height
  • there is insufficient space in the home for a specialist bath
  • there is insufficient budget for a bathroom makeover
A wide choice of shower seating is available, providing for a variety of users’ needs. Some people are a little unstable on their feet and need support when standing for more than a few minutes. Others are able to enter the shower but need to be seated for the whole washing process. Then there are people who are unable to walk at all, for whom a wheeled shower chair is essential.

Our range includes free-standing seats, fold down seats, and wheeled shower chairs (self propel or assisted). Please visit the appropriate page of our website for details of all our shower seats.

fixed shower seat shown stored out of the way and as a practical seat for use while bathing

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Better Bathroom - Judge for yourself

Cirrus Walk-in Bath Installation
Berkshire: Mrs W is very small in stature, and was finding herself rather "lost" in her large pink walk in tub. The old bath also took a long time to fill, and did not match the white basin and toilet. We recommended the Cirrus 1500mm walk in bath, with a booster pump to improve the filling time.

We removed the old bath and fitted the new white Cirrus bath with easy-access door, shown in the large photo. A booster pump and antiscald valve were installed, so there is now plentiful temperature-controlled water. Grab bars were fitted to help Mrs W enter the bath and lower herself into the water safely.

Mrs W can now enjoy bathing and showering again – such a pleasure after years of tolerating a poorly performing, unsuitable bath.

Browse our walk in bath range or link straight to the Cirrus bath. We'd love to hear from you!
Call Free 0800 019 5570 or call local 01753 842 944 or write/fax/email.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Meet Robert Silvey

Robert Silvey joins Practical Bathing as Sales Manager

With many years’ experience in sales, the Special Needs bathing industry provides Robert with a new and exciting challenge.

Robert has received full training in all aspects of our product range and the needs of our customers. Covering the south of England, he will discuss customers’ requirements, carry out surveys and advise on solutions. With access to the full technical backup of the main office, Robert aims to provide an excellent level of service to our customers.

We are specialists in providing bathing and toileting equipment to individual homes and care homes, including installations and conversions as required.

If you'd like to talk to Robert regarding the optimum bathing solutions to meet your requirements, contact Practical Bathing on 01753 842944.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Bath, Showers, Conversions in under a minute

At Practical Bathing, we have a wide range of bathing and toileting products for individual homes and care homes. We can also provide a complete conversion and/or installation service.

Here we showcase some examples of our bathing products and services, in under a minute!

Please browse our website for more information and contact us if you would to discuss our services or your requirements, 01753 842944

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Naidex, NEC

Naidex, the big national show for mobility products and services, iat at the NEC from 29th April to 1st May. It’s a worthwhile investment of our time to keep up to date with new products which may serve our customers’ needs.

There are over 100 toileting, bathing and showering products to see so it will be an exhausting but hopefully worthwhile excursion up the motorway, with benefits for our clients and future clients.

Practical Bathing specialises in bathing and toileting solutions for private individuals and care homes.