How we helped Pat have her first comfortable shower in years

We are pleased to have been able to give a lady living with a severe disability the chance to enjoy regular showers for the first time in years thanks to the development of a bespoke shower trolley.

Pat Couchman has osteogenesis imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bone disease, a genetic condition which means bones can break easily, often from little or no apparent cause.

Due to a deterioration in her illness in recent months, the shower chair she was using had become unfit for purpose and caused her legs to seize up. It meant that she had become bed-bound and reliant on wet wipe baths.

The size of Pat’s house meant that other shower trolley products that were available were unsuitable.

Pat’s Occupational Therapist, Alison Wisbeach, got in touch with us to see if we could help. We sought funding from the Brittle Bone Society which enabled us to design and build a shower trolley which met all of her specific requirements and desires.

“Pat was beaming from ear to ear”

We delivered the trolley to Pat towards the end of last year and she has finally been able to take regular showers again. As a result, her physical and emotional wellbeing has improved dramatically. She said: “I am far more comfortable which means I’m in less pain. I feel more confident, happier and relaxed because of the effect the soothing hot water has on my body.”

Pat’s care worker, Claire Payne, and local occupational therapist, Jill Harmer, have noticed a significant difference in Pat’s mood since she received her new shower trolley: “Pat was beaming from ear to ear. We have seen the positive effect it can have on Pat, sometimes for days afterwards.

“The trolley is so easy to use and gives Pat new found freedom to get in and have a shower. She will often be dancing, singing and smiling.”

We need to help more people like Pat

Designability would like to hear from more people who might like to support our work so that we are able to help more people and transform more lives.

Please get in touch for more information on 01225 824103 or find out the ways in which you can support us.

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