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Disaster struck at this year’s OT show – not once, not even twice, but three times – as the Nexus stand ran out of chocolates!

Joking aside, it was superb to meet everyone on the Nexus stand. We hope you enjoyed a chocolate on us, and hopefully a chat about chair beds too. It was also a delight to catch up with some of last year’s visitors, and so rewarding to hear how the Nexus Rota-Pro chair bed has changed people’s lives since then.

Thanks to everyone for dropping by, we hope you found what you were looking for and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Very best winter wishes in the meantime, from the whole Nexus Team.

Here’s some more information on:

Rota-Pro chair bed

Pro-Bario

ICON & ICON-Low

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Nexus DMS anticipates that with the appointment of their new Business Development Manager, Mike Halford, they will be better placed than ever to provide first-class Sales and After-Sales service to the care industry at large.

Mike joins at a burgeoning time for Nexus with 2015 having been an excellent year in Product Development (new ICON Community Care beds, Motif mattress range and Rota-Pro-Bario bariatric chair bed), Sales performance and Marketing achievements for the hard-working team.

Mike commented “I am excited by the opportunity that the Nexus product range provides and I have a great belief in the customer service ethos Nexus has. I’m also looking forward to presenting the expertly engineered Nexus range to new customers and meeting the loyal customer base Nexus already has”.

Managing Director and Founder John Robinson stated “I’m really pleased to announce Mike’s appointment in what is a key strategic development for our company. He has built a great reputation within the sector and we hope he will bring his invaluable expertise to help in what is an exciting period of growth for Nexus”.

Nexus prides itself on a personal approach to building relationships with customers, so their needs are always fulfilled. Mike will be a valuable fount of knowledge to help meet even the most challenging of needs.

Nexus can be contacted on 01905 774695. Mike can be contacted on 07889 600692.

More information on the Nexus product range can be found HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Single-handed care was the talk of the town at this year’s Occupational Therapy Show, as healthcare professionals UK-wide are being tasked with finding alternative solutions to the widely adopted approach of “doubling-up” on caregiving wherever somebody requires manual handling.

The misconception that the only way to ensure safe moving and handling is to involve two people in every lift has inevitably placed great strain on healthcare resources and budgets, as well as causing significant disruption to those in receipt of care. New industry research has highlighted this problem and offered a sensible solution – review so called “double-handed” care packages and identify clients for whom investment in innovative or specialist equipment could eliminate the need for two caregivers on a daily basis.

It was no surprise, then, that the Nexus stand at this year’s show proved extremely popular (and not just for the chocolates), as the Rota-Pro rotational chair bed and new Rota-Pro-Bario bariatric chair bed came as early Christmas presents for OTs looking for ways to make single-handed care safe and easy this winter.

 

Many people were pleasantly surprised at the remarkable value of both Rota-Pro® models, particularly in light of the growing need to devise safe and effective single-handed care packages.

 

Given that Rota-Pro® can pay for itself in as little as a month (thanks to the reduction in daily care costs), it is not difficult to see why so many people are finding it easy to make a compelling case to purchase.

And that’s before even mentioning the dramatically lower manual handling risk, or the significant increase in user mobility, dignity and independence.

 

The Rota-Pro range is available directly from stock, and demonstrations are available across the UK mainland, to help determine their suitability for each individual user.

Find the Rota-Pro here & Find the Rota-Pro-Bario here

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We had a great time at the OT Show this year and we know you all enjoyed the Ferrero Rochers. We really felt that we made some new friends and developed our existing relationships.

We’ve got some photos from our Stand here:



A final thank you to everyone who came to our stand, have a very Merry NEXmas and New Year if we don’t speak to you before!

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Today, November 19th 2015, is STOP Pressure Ulcer Day across Europe, raising awareness of Pressure Ulcers and how crucial it is that we prevent them.

European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel or EPUAP was created in London in December 1996 to lead and support all European countries in the efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers.

The day was set-up to help publicise pressure ulcers, in regards to their prevalence, treatment and the cost that can be saved with prevention as opposed to treatment.

EPUAP has created a one-page factsheet on Pressure Ulcer stages, who’s most at risk and facts such as “the UK national cost of pressure ulcers to the NHS to be between £1,760 million and £2,640 million each year, making pressure ulcers the single most costly chronic wound to the Health Service.” EPUAP (2015)

Read the EPUAP factsheet here

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Nexus is proud to be attending the OT Show once again, at the NEC on 25th and 26th November 2015. We had such a fun time meeting everyone last year that we are coming back to see those we know already and meet those we don’t yet!

 

Nexus will be exhibiting at the largest dedicated OT event, which offers the chance to gain over 60 hours of CPD education.

We are also delighted to be debuting our new, bariatric chair bed, Rota-Pro-Bario with a safe working load of 41 stone (260kg), to the OT audience on stand E47.

Rota-Pro helps people get in and out of bed unaided, preserving their dignity at the same time as vastly improving their mobility.

With the launch of a bariatric model, Rota-Pro® can now help an even greater number of people to claim their independence.

Rota-Pro-Bario is the latest addition to the Nexus product portfolio, which features probably the largest, most diverse range of adjustable profiling bed solutions available.

Members of the Nexus team will be on hand on stand E47 throughout the OT Show, to demonstrate the products on display as well as to discuss any and all requirements for profiling beds - including compatible pressure-relieving mattresses and accessories – of any size or specification.

Rota-Pro®’s stand-out benefits:

Rota-Pro® can have a dramatic effect on the independence of the user, removing the need to depend on others for getting up and going to bed. The simple, clearly-labelled hand control makes Rota-Pro® easy to use, while the included mattress and water-proof, 4-way stretch, vapour-permeable cover offers comfort and ease of cleaning.

Rota-Pro® can actually pay for itself in as little as 4 weeks, as the cost of purchase is offset against the significant savings made through the reduction in expensive daily care support.

For more information on Rota-Pro please click here.

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First launched in 2010, World Occupational Therapy Day was conceived by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), to promote and celebrate Occupational Therapy as a profession internationally.

Occupational Therapy, for those who have never heard the term, is “a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.” WFOT (2012)

The WFOT encapsulates 80 national OT organisations so World OT Day is able to promote Occupational Therapy, locally, nationally and internationally. This year WFOT is partnering with Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT) to bring the “OT 24 hour Virtual Exchange” to everyone around the world with live online lectures being held on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2015, with experts from all corners of the globe.

For more information on World OT Day please visit http://www.wfot.org/AboutUs/WorldOTDay.aspx to support this celebration of hugely important work!

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We are delighted to announce the launch of two new product ranges, ICON Community Care profiling beds and Motif mattresses. Both offer quality at competitive prices to leave you fully satisfied with their value and your purchase.

 

         

Cost and quality are no longer a compromise when it comes to the ICON Community Care range of beds. With standard height (40 to 80cm), low height (20 to 60cm), timber rails and Esteem enclosed head and foot boards (for an extra homely look) there are options to suit all needs and tastes.

Quality is apparent in every aspect of ICON’s design. This includes a sturdy steel mesh mattress support (which evenly distributes the load and prolongs the life of both bed and mattress compared to slatted designs), a high safe working load of 33 stones, and a user hand control complete with auto-profile and function-lock features as standard.
Further details of how a profiling bed could help you, a loved one or a customer are available in our article titled “Why use a profiling bed?”.
Motif, purpose designed for Nexus beds, has quality parallel to ICON, proven through extensive roller fatigue testing and pressure mapping, options are also aplenty with Motif coming in low, medium, high & very-high risk pressure redistribution capabilities.Motif-Gel-3, the very-high risk mattress in the Motif range, is available in shorter, longer, wider and longer & wider specifications. Motif-Gel-3 uses Geltex ® technology in combination with CMHR foam to offer enhancements in support, comfort, breathability, pressure redistribution and mattress longevity when compared to ordinary foams.To find out more click for ICON or Motif pages.

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The older population is increasing every year, with more people expected to need the use of nursing homes at some point in their life. Many of these patients require residential care for short periods, often as the result of a previous injury or medical condition. Therefore, rehabilitation is an important area for nursing homes and the nurses themselves play a key role in delivering this service.

Patients within nursing homes often have complex care issues which relate to their medical conditions. This can make providing a comprehensive and effective rehabilitation programme more difficult. However, it is still a critical part of their care plan and a high quality rehabilitation service will enable them to become more independent once again. Due to their presence throughout the day, nurses are in a prime position to lead this programme and ensure that all areas of rehabilitation are provided correctly.

A nurse’s role

A report was conducted in 2013 that looked at the perceptions of nurses in Ireland regarding the role that they play in providing rehabilitation services (Nursing Times, Vol109 No29). The outcome of this research was that nurses saw themselves as key to the whole process. However, offering an effective rehabilitation programme is not without its difficulties. There were a number of issues that they routinely came up against, including time restraints and limits in what older people can do due to their cognitive and physical limits.

Improving rehabilitation within care homes

One of the ways the research indicated that rehabilitation could be improved within a care home setting was to create a greater sense of homeliness. This could include working closely with a patient’s family to understand more about their daily lives. A patient needs to feel that their routines and customs remain the same, regardless of where they are living.

They also need to be encouraged to do the activities that they would do in their own home. This feeling of homeliness is an effective way of enabling patients to be as independent as they can be. Part of a nurse’s role should be to enable them to take care of their own needs as much as possible. For example, cleaning and toileting themselves.

By initiating a successful rehabilitation programme, there will be less need for further medical care in the future. Patients who are more active and independent are less likely to suffer a fall or develop pressure ulcers and will have better pain management. All of these enable them to benefit from a better quality of life.

Nurses are crucial to providing this level of care and require the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake the work. Higher nurse to patient ratios allow them to provide a more personalised and dedicated service, all of which improves rehabilitation.

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This year’s OT Show took place recently in a blur of vibrant activity and excitement, with all who attended enthusiastic and positive about the experience.

The innovative format – 2 days of extensive CPD education for Occupational Therapists, alongside a diverse mix of relevant healthcare products and services on show across the exhibition hall – proved popular with visitors and exhibitors alike.

And the Nexus stand itself was a big hit, the Rota-Pro® chair bed and the unique Standing Bed catching the eye of passers-by, with many keen to give one or both beds a try!

The Rota-Pro’s ability to help users into and out of bed unaided (whilst preserving their comfort and dignity) was instantly recognised as a stand-out benefit, and many were impressed at the bed’s combination of superior build quality (including a 28 stone Safe Working Load) and best-in-show price.

In fact, it was observed that in many cases, Rota-Pro® would actually pay for itself in 4 weeks, as the cost of purchase is offset against the significant savings made through the reduction in expensive daily care support.

The Standing Bed, too, was heralded by those in the know, who appreciated the significant savings offered in space, cost and time, as the need to transfer between a separate profiling bed and tilt-table is eliminated.

We had a lot of fun talking to those who visited our stand, and hope everyone benefited from the information and advice shared. We look forward to hearing from some of you soon, and to seeing you again next year at an event that is definitely worth getting out of bed for!

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