As with lots of care equipment, there are many shower trolley options on the market – and it can be difficult to know what features make the most difference to the people using it regularly.
We’ve talked before about how to choose the right shower trolley. In this blog post, we'll discuss more specifically about what makes Barella models so popular.
There’s a big difference between how a product is seen in print or online, and how it performs in practice. One of comments we often hear about other shower trolleys is their instability, particularly if the user has involuntary movements. A stable trolley gives security to both the carer and the user alike.
Barella eliminates this concern. Even when it’s at its highest level, carers are surprised at how stable it is – users can even roll without any risk of dipping. Plus, the liner sides extend above the head and foot rails, which increases the feeling of security and means there’s no risk of users hitting metal.
The Barella is very adaptable, allowing you to adjust it to individual and carer needs.
One popular feature is the platform tilt. You can adjust the platform 5° one way (feet down) and 12° the other (head down), so you can easily and safely have the user in Trendelenburg and anti-Trendelenburg positions. Similarly, you have the option to elevate the head protection up to 63° so users can be in a sitting position (*specific models with backrest section only). These give carers better access while facilitating drainage – with no risk of sliding.
Another example relates to specification. The Barella comes in 3 base sizes: paediatric, adult and bariatric. But one of our most popular configurations is having the widest platform on a standard adult frame. This unique option provides lots of space for cleaning, rolling and involuntary movement while not having to invest in a heavy-duty shower trolley. With our new style liner, you get a more comfortable, warm-to-touch padded mattress, which greatly enhances the user experience.
There’s also choice with the braking system. Whilst the more basic models are supplied with individually braking castors, you can also opt for a central braking system operated with one pedal. With central braking, the carer can apply all brakes without leaving the patient’s side or putting them in a vulnerable position. Directional locking assists where the trolley will need to be pushed down corridors.
Rust and corrosion are the most common reasons for having to replace a shower trolley, usually because of the quality of materials used and how it is treated. Many frames are made of mild steel with powder coating, which is a low cost exterior finish designed to look nice. Over time however, rust accumulates on the inside and will start to corrode the frame.
Barella frames are constructed of mild steel, but all go through a process of electrode coating, which covers the entire frame inside and out. This process is similar to that used by car manufacturers to protects vehicles from rust, and it vastly increases lifespan. Our shower trolleys have proved that even in humid environments they will last many years.
Watch the Barella shower trolley in action
As one care home said:
“We have been using our Barella shower trolleys for nearly 2 years. We have had other trolleys in the past, but both our clients and users feel more secure and comfortable in the Barella range due to their stable and strong construction. We can also recommend the Barella for use in humid environments. Our trolleys are situated in very humid areas. The trolleys we had previously showed signs of rusting within a short space of time; the Barellas we have show no signs of rust even after being in situ for nearly 2 years.”
We keep a wide range of Barella specifications in stock, so can deliver quickly across the UK.
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