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Student Nurse Shares Their Experiences with Dementia in The Community
As a future mental health nurse, it might help if I share a bit of my back story. I have worked in the private and public healthcare sectors for over 12 years, providing care in the community, supporting care homes and social services as well as working for NHS trusts. Throughout my journey in healthcare, I have experienced the effects of physical disabilities and mental health challenges including the strain and heartache caused to a person and their loved ones. The range of understanding towards the people I support on a daily basis has grown remarkably over the last decade as have my experience and abilities. I have seen how supportive services and treatments have improved in recent years, with leads in new research potentials in the treatment of Alzheimer`s, as well as growth in the understanding and empathy from healthcare professionals and services. I believe there is still room to grow in this industry so my goal is to continue my journey in dementia care whilst supporting a range of individuals of all age groups struggling with their physical and mental health. With support from people living with dementia and their loved ones, I can find ways to improve their general well-being whilst aiming to provide ideas to better the way we work as healthcare professionals.

Whilst training, I have found many factors that can improve a person's well-being whilst living with dementia and associated conditions, however the key factors that can improve a person's quality of life may include:

Education and Awareness: There are educational programs, support groups and workshops available to raise awareness about dementia, its symptoms, and how to interact with individuals who have dementia, the Alzheimer`s Society support page can also help with finding some in your local area. This can help caregivers and family members share experiences, exchange advice, and find emotional support.

Memory Cafés and Day Centres:
These are safe and inclusive spaces where individuals with dementia and their caregivers can socialise, engage in activities, and build connections. Day centres offer structured activities and caring support which is available through local services such as the Alzheimer`s Society.

Respite Care Services:
Provide respite care services to give caregivers temporary relief and the opportunity to recharge while ensuring their loved ones are well taken care of. This is often arranged through your GP and local social services to arrange appropriate support.

Home Visits:
Arrange for trained volunteers or professionals to visit homes and provide companionship, assistance with daily activities, and engagement for individuals with dementia.

Transportation Services:
Provide transportation options for individuals with dementia to attend community activities, medical appointments, and social gatherings.

Collaboration with Healthcare Professionals:
Collaborate with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to ensure a holistic approach to dementia care and support which may include medication as well as factors listed in this article.

Recreational and Therapeutic Activities:
Organise arts and crafts, music therapy, gardening, and other activities that promote cognitive stimulation and emotional well-being.

Technology Support:
Introduce technology-based solutions such as apps, video calls, and virtual support groups to connect individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

Legal and Financial Advice:
Provide guidance and resources to help families navigate legal and financial matters related to dementia care, including power of attorney and estate planning. This can also be found on the Alzheimer`s Society support page.

Alternative therapies and supplements for dementia:
This could include the use of coconut oil, omega 3, 6 and 9 to support brain function, turmeric, Vitamin B12, seeds and leafy greens including spinach and kale used alongside a healthy balanced diet to reduce cholesterol and improve overall health. Light therapy has been identified as potentially helpful to those who experience sleep disturbances as well as meditation and grounding exercises such as yoga and tai-chi. A holistic approach that combines these strategies can create a supportive and compassionate community for individuals with dementia and their caregivers, enhancing their quality of life and promoting social inclusion.
Our Goal
As a family-run business that has experienced the effects of dementia first-hand, we are committed to ensuring we do as much as we can to raise awareness of this condition, we are able to provide our customers with recommendations, services and products that can support an individual and their loved one with the effects of dementia and better their quality of life as best we can. As a team, we aim to raise money for the Alzheimer`s Society through our work and with additional fundraising days including a sponsored bike ride from London to Brighton, this a 56-mile ride and will be completed by one of our family members and directors of AJT Showers. We will be completing more fundraising events and publishing the dates when we have them, for more information regarding the ride and future events by our team please see the "Dementia Information and Our Goal to Support the Alzheimer's Society" blog page.
AJT Showers LTD
Author: Danielle

How to Create a Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Bathroom
Designing a sustainable and eco-friendly bathroom involves making conscious choices to minimise water usage, reduce energy consumption, and select environmentally friendly materials. We aim to help support your choices around creating an eco-friendly bathroom so here's a guide to help you create a more sustainable bathroom.
Did you know?
The UK average carbon footprint is about 10 tonnes of CO2 per person per year.
Water-Efficient Fixtures
- Install low-flow toilets that use less water per flush.
- Choose water-saving faucets and showerheads that maintain good water pressure while reducing water usage.

Energy-Efficient Lighting
- Use energy-efficient LED or CFL light bulbs to reduce energy consumption. LED lights are naturally energy-efficient and long-lasting using up to 75% less energy than traditional bulbs.
- Install motion-sensor lighting to ensure lights are on only when needed.

Natural Light and Ventilation
- Maximise natural light by using larger windows or skylights to reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day. Use light-coloured materials including light-coloured walls, floors, and fixtures can help reflect natural light and make your bathroom feel brighter and more spacious.  
- Incorporate efficient ventilation systems to maintain air quality and prevent mold growth.

Green Cleaning Products
- Using environmentally friendly and organic bathroom products can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and promote a healthier living space. Look for products made from natural ingredients such as essential oils, plant extracts, and natural minerals.

Creating a minimalist and clutter-free space
- Creating a minimalist and clutter-free space can promote relaxation, and reduce stress - helping you stay on track with your eco-friendly bathroom goals.  
- Declutter your bathroom and invest in storage solutions such as shelves and baskets to create an organised and functional space.

Dual-Flush Toilets
- Install dual-flush toilets that allow users to choose between a low-water flush for liquid waste and a higher-water flush for solid waste.

Proper Insulation
- Ensure proper insulation which will help maintain a comfortable temperature, it reduces the need for heating and cooling and improves overall comfort. This will all help to reduce your energy consumption, lower your energy bills, and contribute to the conservation of natural resources.

Plant Décor
- Introduce indoor plants that can thrive in the bathroom's humidity. Plants are natural air purifiers and can significantly improve indoor air quality. There are lots of plants that thrive in a bathroom environment such as spider plants, peace lilies, and bamboo palms which can improve a bathroom's aesthetics.

Smart Water Monitoring
- Install smart water monitoring devices to track water usage and identify areas for improvement.
Remember, creating a sustainable and eco-friendly bathroom involves a combination of thoughtful design, responsible material choices, and efficient technologies. Each choice you make can contribute to a more environmentally friendly and resource-conscious space that aims to reduce your carbon footprint.

To make your bathroom as eco-friendly as possible please talk to your AJT Showers advisor for more information. Additionally, if you are interested to find out what your carbon footprint is, Which Trusted Trader has provided some more information regarding sustainability as well as how to access a Carbon Footprint Calculator.

Which - Sustainability
AJT Showers LTD
Author: Danielle

Dementia Information and Our Goal to Support the Alzheimer's Society
Our Goal
As a family-run business that has experienced the effects of dementia first-hand, we are committed to ensuring we do as much as we can to raise awareness of this condition, we are able to provide our customers with recommendations, services and products that can support an individual and their loved one with the effects of dementia and better their quality of life as best we can. As a team, we aim to raise money for the Alzheimer`s Society through our work and with additional fundraising days including:

A sponsored bike ride from London to Brighton, this a 56-mile ride and will be completed by one of our family members and directors of AJT Showers on September 10th 2023. information regarding the ride can be found at the following link:

Just Giving - Jordan`s Bike Ride
We aim to do more sponsored activities which we will provide updates to on this blog when we have the dates available. For more information on fundraising for yourself or a loved one please see the Alzheimer`s support page:

Alzheimer`s Society Fundraising Events

Dementia Information
Did you know?
More than half of UK adults know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia and 1 in 3 people born in the UK this year will develop dementia in their lifetime. There are 944,000 people with dementia in the UK. This will increase to over one million by 2030 and over 1.6 million by 2050.

Modifying a home and your bathroom to support individuals with dementia involves making the space safer, more intuitive, and less confusing.

Here are some changes and adaptations you can consider:

Colour Contrast and Visual Cues:
Use contrasting colours for walls, floors, and fixtures to help individuals with dementia distinguish different surfaces. Use clear and simple signage with pictures and words to label different areas of the bathroom, such as "Toilet," "Sink," and "Shower."

Non-Slip Flooring:
Install non-slip flooring to prevent slips and falls, which are common concerns for individuals with dementia.

Simplified Fixtures and Bathing Facilities:
Choose faucets, handles, and switches that are easy to use and understand. Lever-style handles are often easier than knobs. Install sturdy grab bars near the toilet, shower, and bathtub to provide support and stability. Replace the bathtub with a walk-in shower or bath to eliminate the need for stepping over a high edge and use a curbless shower entry, reducing the risk of falls.

Anti-Scald Faucets:
Use faucets with anti-scald features to prevent burns from hot water by using thermostatic temperature controls.

Easy-to-Reach Essentials and Lighting:
Arrange towels, soap, and toiletries within easy reach to help individuals with dementia maintain independence during their routine. Install bright, evenly distributed lighting to reduce shadows and enhance visibility possibly using motion-sensored lights when someone enters.

Accessibility:
Ensure that the bathroom is accessible with ample space for mobility aids like walkers or wheelchairs.
Consulting with occupational therapists or professionals with experience in dementia care can provide valuable insights into making the bathroom environment safer and more supportive for individuals with dementia, we have met with occupational therapists who provide support to a person's individual needs, however information regarding signage and home adaptations can be found on the Alzheimer`s Society website at:

Alzheimer`s Society - Dementia Friendly Signage
Alzheimer`s Society - Bathing Tips

We also have access to supportive information for specific needs within the dementia pathways and services, please ask your AJT Showers advisor for more information or alternatively see the Alzheimer's Society information page to see their full list of publications which is easily printable or you can have them ordered to your home address.

These publications include:
- About dementia – factsheets including all types of dementia and associated support.  
- About dementia risk and diagnosis – booklets.  
- Symptoms and treatment – factsheets.  
- Living with dementia – factsheets including physical activity, technology, dental care, mood changes, council tax, going on holiday, lasting power of attorney, benefits, driving, employment, LGBTQ+, my appointments and help cards.  
- Caring for a person with dementia – Including NHS input.  
- Accessible resources - Including easy read, language formats and in CD format.
AJT Showers LTD
Author: Danielle

10 Simple Strategies for Assisting an Elderly or Disabled Person to Use an Accessible Bathroom
Assisting an elderly or disabled person in using an accessible bathroom requires patience, empathy, and a good understanding of their specific needs.
Did you know?
In 2021, there were an estimated 5.7 million informal care providers in the United Kingdom, People aged 46-65 were the largest age group to become unpaid carers with 41% of people becoming unpaid carers in this age group.

Here are 10 simple strategies to help you provide effective assistance:

Clear Pathways:
Ensure that the pathway to the bathroom is clear of obstacles, tripping hazards, and clutter to allow for easy movement with mobility aids like walkers or wheelchairs.

Non-Slip Surfaces:
Make sure the bathroom floor is slip-resistant by using altro non-slip flooring and slip-resistant materials.

Grab Rails:
Install grab Rails near the toilet, shower, and bathtub to provide stability and support. These bars can assist the person in standing, sitting, and maintaining balance.

Raised Toilet Seat:
Consider using a raised toilet seat to make it easier for the person to sit down and stand up. This can be particularly helpful for those with mobility issues.

Shower Chair or Bench:
Provide a shower chair or bench in the shower area to allow the person to sit comfortably while bathing. This is especially important for those who cannot stand for extended periods.

Handheld Shower head:
Install a handheld shower head that can be easily manoeuvred. This allows the person or their caregiver to direct the water flow to the desired areas without straining.

Easy-to-Reach Supplies:
Ensure that toiletries, towels, and other necessary items are within easy reach. This prevents the person from overreaching or straining themselves.

Accessible Sink:
Opt for a sink with knee clearance underneath to accommodate wheelchair users. The faucet handles should be easy to operate, even for individuals with limited hand dexterity.

Proper Lighting:
Install bright and well-distributed lighting to prevent falls and make it easier for the person to navigate the bathroom, especially during night time visits.

Personalised Approach:
Remember that everyone's needs are unique. Always communicate with the individual to understand their preferences and limitations, and adjust your assistance accordingly.

Remember, while these strategies can be helpful, respecting the person's independence and privacy is crucial. Always ask for their preferences and involve them in decisions regarding their bathroom routine, here are some facts regarding the reasons behind taking these considerations to support yourself or a loved one.

Safety:
Many elderly or disabled individuals face increased risks of falls and accidents due to mobility issues. Proper assistance can help prevent these incidents, ensuring their safety and well-being.

Dignity and Independence:
Being able to use the bathroom independently is essential for maintaining dignity and a sense of control. By offering appropriate assistance, you help them maintain a level of independence and self-esteem.

Health and Hygiene:
Accessible bathrooms are designed to accommodate specific needs, such as easier access to toilets, showers, and sinks. Proper hygiene is essential for overall health, and assisting with bathroom use ensures that individuals can maintain cleanliness effectively.

Physical Comfort:
Elderly and disabled individuals often experience discomfort or pain when navigating a standard bathroom setup. Assisting them in an accessible bathroom reduces physical strain and discomfort, promoting their overall comfort.

Preventing Social Isolation:
Limited mobility or difficulties with bathroom use can lead to increased isolation. By helping them use an accessible bathroom, you enable them to participate in social activities and outings with more confidence.

Reducing Caregiver Burden:
For caregivers, assisting with bathroom use can be physically demanding and emotionally challenging. Knowledge of proper techniques and strategies can reduce caregiver stress and enhance the quality of care provided. Additional information can be found on the NHS website.

How to help someone you care for keep clean - NHS

Effective Communication:
Proper assistance in using an accessible bathroom involves effective communication, which fosters trust and understanding between the individual and their caregivers or support network.

Overall Quality of Life:
The ability to maintain personal hygiene, use the bathroom independently, and participate in daily activities contributes to an individual's overall quality of life. Assisting with these tasks ensures that they can enjoy a better quality of life despite their limitations.
AJT Showers LTD
Author: Danielle

8 Ways to Naturally Relieve Pain
This article gives you information on ways to ease pain with natural remedies. Whilst everyday treatments for pain include common medications like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, it seems that other ways to ease pain naturally are often ignored.

Whilst natural remedies can help aid pain relief, making changes to a person's home and lifestyle can also help reduce pain and stress on the body.
Did you know?
Chronic pain affects more than two-fifths of the UK population, meaning that around 28 million adults are living with pain that has lasted for three months or longer, leaving many living with chronic pain that is either moderately or severely disabling.

Home Adaptations
Ideas for making changes to your home could include ramps or stairlifts, adjusting the height of furniture and appliances, and using assistive devices such as mobile alarms and sensors to support independent living. Adapting your home can help improve your ability to move around safely and comfortably, which can lessen the risk of falls and injuries in the home and reduce the need for assistance from others.

Some suggestions for your bathroom could include…
1. Change your bath to a walk-in bath.  
2. Add a raised toilet seat.
3. Attach grab rails near the bath, shower or toilet making it easier to lift and lower yourself.  
4. Install a walk-in shower or shower chair for ease.  
5. Upgrade doorways and lighting.  
6. Consider useful hygiene aids such as long-handled body washers and foot scrubber mats.  
7. Make the space accessible and remove any rugs and clutter to avoid the risk of injuries.  
8. Installing anti-slip safety flooring.


Whilst making these adaptations to your bathroom is beneficial for your individual needs, it is also important to consider whether the rest of your home suits your specific requirements. `Which Trusted Trader` has produced additional information related to assistive technology to support you or a loved one with accessing key features to consider when shopping around.

Which Telecare Advice

Hot and Cold Therapy
Hot and cold therapy are two common methods for promoting healing and easing pain in different parts of the body. Hot therapy, also known as thermotherapy, involves the application of heat to the affected area. This can be done through the use of hot packs, warm towels, or heating pads to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, involves the application of cold to the affected area. This can be done through the use of ice packs or cold compresses. Cold therapy is particularly effective for treating acute injuries such as sprains, strains, or bruises. Here are some of the specific benefits of hot and cold therapy.

Benefits of hot therapy:

1. Increases blood flow and circulation to the affected area.
2. Relaxes muscles and reduces muscle spasms.
3. Reduces stiffness and improves flexibility.
4. Relieves pain and discomfort associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions.
5. Promotes healing of muscle, joint, and soft tissue injuries.

Benefits of cold therapy:

1. Reduces inflammation and swelling.
2. Numbs the affected area, providing pain relief.
3. Slows down the metabolic rate of cells, reducing tissue damage and promoting healing.
4. Reduces muscle spasms and stiffness.
5. Can be used to support the treatment of acute injuries such as sprains, strains, or bruises.

All of the walk-in baths that are supplied by AJT Showers can support Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy on request, other options include Hydrotherapy which is also known as a spa bath that makes use of water jets, and Chromotherapy also known as `colour therapy`, which focuses on applying different colours or lights in your bath to target and treat specific conditions including depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, cramps and many other conditions.  

Food, Drink and Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Eating a balanced diet can help to reduce inflammation and improve overall health. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers that can also help reduce pain. There are many benefits to using food, drink, and exercise as natural ways to relieve pain.

Here are some of the ways in which they can help:

Food:
Certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and inflammation in the body. For example, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and seeds, can help reduce joint pain and stiffness in conditions like arthritis as well as improve brain function. Ginger, turmeric, and other spices also have anti-inflammatory effects and can be used to alleviate pain. A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce pressure on joints and relieve pain.

Drink:
Staying hydrated is important for overall health and can also help reduce pain. Drinking water can help flush toxins from the body, which can contribute to reducing pain and inflammation. Herbal teas like chamomile, ginger, and peppermint can also have pain-relieving effects. Additionally, drinking tart cherry juice has been shown to reduce muscle pain and soreness after exercise.

Exercise:
Regular exercise can help strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and reduce pain. Low-impact exercises like walking, cycling, and swimming can be particularly helpful for people with chronic pain, as they can help increase blood flow and reduce inflammation without putting too much stress on the body. Stretching and yoga can also help improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension, which can alleviate pain. Making these changes to your routine can help relieve pain naturally and improve your overall health and well-being. Additional guidance on the NHS website for various exercises could help with deciding what is best for you.

NHS Exercise Guide

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy involves physical techniques to strengthen and stretch the muscles and joints. Therapeutic exercise can have long-term benefits for chronic pain, techniques may involve massage, exercise plans, red-light therapy and acupuncture which naturally reduces the impact of pain and discomfort for people living with arthritis.

Here are some of the benefits of physical therapy.

1. Pain Reduction: Physical therapy can help reduce chronic pain. Therapeutic exercises and can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
2. Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion: Chronic pain can limit your mobility and flexibility. Physical therapy can help you regain your range of motion, which can help reduce pain.
3. Strengthening Muscles: Strengthening the muscles around the affected area can help reduce chronic pain and help you build strength.
4. Decreased Dependence on Medication: This is particularly important for those who are concerned about the long-term side effects of pain medication.
5. Improved Quality of Life: Chronic pain can significantly impact your quality of life. Physical therapy can help you regain your independence, reduce your pain, and improve your overall well-being.
6. Individualised Treatment Plan: Physical therapy offers an individualised treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of each person. This ensures that individuals receive the treatment that is best suited to their unique situation.
7. Prevention of Future Injuries: Physical therapy can help prevent future injuries by improving posture, balance, and coordination.

Use of Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils  
Herbal remedies and essential oils have been used for centuries to alleviate various types of pain, including chronic pain. Here are some examples of herbs and essential oils that have been used for chronic pain.

1. Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and inflammation.
2. Ginger: Ginger is another spice with anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain conditions.
3. Willow bark: Willow bark is a natural source of salicylates, which are similar to the active ingredient in aspirin. It has been used for centuries to relieve pain and inflammation.
4. Lavender essential oil: Lavender essential oil has a calming effect that can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate chronic pain. It also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  
5. Peppermint essential oil: Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which has a cooling effect that can help reduce pain and inflammation. It has been shown to be effective in relieving pain associated with tension headaches and menstrual cramps.
6. Eucalyptus essential oil: Eucalyptus essential oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

It's important to note that herbal remedies and essential oils should be used with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional, especially if you are taking any medications or have underlying health conditions.

Meditation, Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
Meditation, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques can be helpful in managing chronic pain. These practices can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, which are common contributors to chronic pain. Here are some techniques that you can try:

1. Mindfulness meditation: This involves focusing your attention on your breath, body sensations, or thoughts without judgment. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce pain intensity, improve mood, and enhance quality of life in people with chronic pain.
2. Progressive muscle relaxation: This technique involves tensing and then relaxing different muscle groups in your body to reduce tension and promote relaxation. You can start with your feet and work your way up to your head.
3. Diaphragmatic breathing: This involves breathing deeply and slowly, allowing your belly to expand with each inhale and contract with each exhale. This type of breathing can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can worsen chronic pain.
4. Visualisation: This technique involves creating mental images that promote relaxation and reduce pain. For example, you could imagine a peaceful scene, such as a beach or forest, and focus on the sensations associated with that image.
5. Tai chi: This is an exercise therapy involving slow, continuous body movements combined with breathing and relaxation techniques. The method is also gentle on the joints and muscles. Tai chi can improve strength and joint stability, and the concentration it requires can improve a person’s mood.
6. Yoga: This is a physical and mental practice that combines postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Yoga has been shown to reduce pain, improve mood, and enhance the quality of life in people with chronic pain.  The below video shows some ideas for how to get started with low-intensity chair yoga.

Video on Gentle Chair Yoga for Beginners and Seniors

Massages
Massages can be a useful complementary treatment for chronic pain conditions. A licensed massage therapist can work with you to develop a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific needs and can help you manage your chronic pain.

Here are some types of massages that may be beneficial for chronic pain:

1. Swedish Massage: This massage can help to improve circulation and decrease muscle tension, which can be helpful for chronic pain.
2. Deep Tissue Massage: This massage can help to alleviate chronic muscle tension.
3. Trigger Point Massage: This massage focuses on specific areas of muscle that are tight or painful, called trigger points, applying pressure to these points to release tension and reduce pain.
4. Shiatsu Massage: This Japanese massage technique involves using pressure and stretching to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. It can be helpful for chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.
5. Myofascial Release Massage: This massage targets the fascia, which is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs. They will use gentle pressure to stretch and release the fascia, which can help to alleviate pain and improve range of motion.

Getting Enough Sleep  Getting adequate sleep can certainly help relieve chronic pain, as sleep is essential for the body's natural healing process. Chronic pain can make it difficult to get a good night's rest, which can then exacerbate the pain and create a vicious cycle.

Here are some ways to improve sleep to help relieve chronic pain:


1. Establish a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
2. Create a relaxing sleep environment: Ensure that your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. Use comfortable pillows and mattresses that provide good support.
3. Practice relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualisation exercises can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
4. Exercise regularly: Exercise can help reduce pain and improve sleep quality. However, be sure to avoid vigorous exercise too close to bedtime.
5. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine: These substances can interfere with sleep and increase pain sensitivity.
6. Manage stress: Stress can exacerbate chronic pain and disrupt sleep. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation, yoga, or talking to a therapist.

By taking these steps within this article to improve your lifestyle, you can help alleviate chronic pain and improve your overall well-being. However, it's important to note that these therapies should not be used in all cases, and it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment to develop a comprehensive plan for managing chronic pain.

If you would like to hear more information regarding what we offer to support these changes to your bathing facilities, please discuss this further with your AJT Showers advisor.
AJT Showers LTD
Author: Danielle

AJT Shower's Win Which Trusted Trader of the Month - September 2023
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AJT SHOWERS TEAM
This is without doubt our biggest achievement for the company to date. As a family-run business, weare so proud of our team, for both their personal accomplishments and the vital part that they haveall played in gaining this recognition.
It has always been our aim to ensure the best quality installs and customer service in addition to providing industry-leading levels of support to our customers throughout their journey with us. Winning this award validates our company goals and core values which in turn, fuels the continued pursuit of excellence.
We have ensured that our appreciation and recognition has been cascaded to everyone, both within the business and our suppliers for playing their part in this combined effort to ensure we deliver the best quality work and finish. This award has been a huge achievement that we are all delighted to receive.
What is important to us?
1. Accessibility and Inclusivity: Prioritise making bathrooms accessible to all individuals, ensure that designs and products are inclusive and comply with accessibility standards.
2. Customer-Centred Approach: Put the needs of customers first, listen to their unique requirements and work closely with them to design and build bathrooms that cater to their specific needs.
3. Community Engagement: Be involved in the community and support initiatives that promote accessibility and inclusivity. This can help raise awareness and build positive relationships.
4. Professionalism: Maintain a high level of professionalism in all aspects of the business, from communication to project execution. Respect clients' privacy and treat all stakeholders with respect.
5. Quality and Safety: Commit to providing high-quality products and services that are not only functional but also safe for use by people with disabilities. Safety should be a top priority.
6. Empathy and Compassion: Approach all projects with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities. Show empathy and compassion in all interactions.
Our ethos is to centre our core values whilst providing appropriate, reliable and customer-focused support to all. These values should be more than just words on paper; they should guide the actions and decisions of the company and our employees.
This article cannot be concluded without taking the opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks to our customers, suppliers, friends and family for their generous sponsorship allowing one of our directors to raise over £1250 for the Alzheimer`s Society in the London to Brighton bike ride in September.
We have some more exciting community-based projects coming up so please keep an eye on our social media platforms for information. We also encourage you to have a look around our website or order a free brochure which will provide you with all the information required to make an informed decision about your new bathroom, or alternatively call us today for a chat where we can provide reassurance and support throughout your journey.
For more information from Which? Trusted Trader regarding the award and the business highlights please click this link Which? Trusted Trader of the Month - September 2023
AJT Showers LTD
Author: Danielle

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AJT – Supporting our Staff, their Families and the Local Community.
AJT Showers are dedicated to spending time with our customers, having conversations and including their families if required. This enables us to find out more about them as a person, what we can do to best meet their needs and any additional requirements that they may have to support their individual abilities. Doing this enables us to develop a relationship where both parties feel comfortable and happy discussing anything that may come up, as well as developing our own understanding of what our customers are going through.
We wanted to share a story of another happy customer who happens to be one of our fitter's grandmother, unfortunately she recently suffered a stroke and required changes in her home to better suit her needs. In her case, she was unable to get in and out of her existing bath because she felt fearful and uncomfortable due to a change in her mobility and increased concern around her balance. We decided to support her as best we could by arranging with her grandson (one of our fitters) to fit a mobility-friendly walk-in shower. This meant changing her existing bathroom from a complex and inappropriate room to an easy-access bathroom which included a low-level shower, shower seat, grab rails, shower screen, non-slip flooring, comfort height toilet and much more with the goal to provide her with a comfortable, safe bathroom better-suited to her needs. She was absolutely over the moon and incredibly proud of her grandson for fitting it in such a professional and prompt manner. We were delighted to receive the following feedback-
"Experiencing sudden changes to my health was very unsettling and made me think I needed to make some changes around my home to make me feel safer. Starting with my bathroom, AJT Showers kindly offered to fit a new bathroom quickly to suit my needs. Jordan visited and provided a wide range of materials and equipment to choose from, he wanted to make sure I received a bathroom that was perfect for me whilst maintaining safety and incorporating my style throughout. I was so happy to have my grandson fit the bathroom, he completed it quickly and professionally and I didn’t quite realise how good he is at his job. The bathroom was finished in 5 days and looks absolutely wonderful, I can't thank the AJT Showers team enough for their generosity, it has dramatically increased my confidence and independence and I can't fault any of the service and attention I received throughout."
Our goal is to understand our customers and the changes they may be going through, we are able to navigate how we can help them in a community setting and gain insight into others who might be suffering with the same concerns.
Did you know?
In the UK we average 274 strokes every 24hrs – that’s 100,000 strokes a year.

There are currently 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK. One way of identifying if someone is having a stroke is to follow the FAST guidelines...

Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time to call 999: if you see any of these signs.
For more information about strokes, statistics, support and how to care for a loved one who has suffered a stroke, please see this link Information About Strokes
Please feel free to check out some of our other blog pages for more information around how to support someone living with long-term health conditions and associated medical concerns, as well as managing pain relief and how to assist an elderly or disabled person to use an accessible bathroom and navigate around their home.
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Author: Danielle

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