Care Show NEC Report 2018

At Snowdrop, we are always researching new solutions so that we can provide the best advice and expertise to our clients and collaborators. We recently visited the Care Show at the NEC in Birmingham, and were stunned by a cornucopia of new concepts and innovations. Here are some of our favourites:


The Dignity Bib:

Bibble bibs are solutions made to the highest quality in Nottingham to protect clothing that might otherwise be at risk of food dribbles and other spillages. We love the way they transform an item that could otherwise be a reluctant requirement into a fun, creative and smart garment that is sure to invite compliments. As well as bandanas and smart and casual shirt and blouse style dignity bibs (our favourite being the ‘What a gent’ waistcoat in pinstripe), the company has a range of stylish Christmas-themed offerings that would make wonderful presents, including one that is forest-tree themed with a cream peter-pan collar, and a winter fawn ladies version in long length.

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Pressure Care:

We are pleased to report a huge amount of development going into materials that will prevent pressure sores, especially in terms of mattresses – from the kinetic air, and hybrid systems to live-zone sheets able to tell where pressure may need to be alleviated – and the Frontier-group ‘Toto’ device that provides a revolutionary and yet simple method to enable gentle regular turning.

Renray featured ‘noodles’ technology within a fully cleanable and recyclable mattress with multiple zones, an open structure that encourages healthy air circulation, and enhanced comfort and pressure reduction.

Noodle technology – image courtesy of Renray


Showering Innovations:

In addition to their mobile showering unit, the Ruby, which brings the shower to the bedside, Reval now offers the Soflex height adjustable commode and shower chair that boasts high-low operation, and tilt system that assists posture management during patient transfers and allows easy access for toileting, showering and hair-washing.

The Arjo Carendo shower chair enables a patient to be showered, dried, toileted – and dressed – in a way that is safe and comfortable whilst on one support device. Tilt-motion access allows for thorough and easy care to protect and nurture skin integrity, and hoisting is kept to the minimum.

Featured image: The ‘Ruby’ Mobile Showering Unit by Reval


Dementia Design and Education:

Tarkett brought with them a virtual reality head-set that illustrated the experience of walking through a room for people living with Dementia. The process educated visitors on the need to design room schemes with palettes and contrasts that consider altered perceptions associated with Dementia, with swatches provided, and also brought home how a space that would not usually provide a problem could appear to be dangerous and frightening.

Image from the Tarkett website. You can read more about the project and discuss booking a VR demo on their website

OMI showed their interactive projections to be used in care settings – developed for a variety of reasons including to maintain and improve neurological pathways, and to aid emotional health and well-being.

New Gadgets:

Our friends at Drive were showing the Hurricane (a favourite of our showrooms) along-side their innovative stand aids and pressure-care devices. We also spotted a variety of ergonomic table-ware for people with chronic illness and disability designed to be functional and at the same time aesthetically pleasing. One of the most ingenious devices we spotted was a simple guard that fits around a spoon to enable people with quivers or trembles to drink soup without spillage.



For OT’s, Care Home, and Care Profession Clients:

We are organising a special demonstration and feedback event to investigate the very best of latest technologies and solutions. Please let Sarah know if you would like an invitation by emailing or calling our Haverfordwest Showroom on 01437 768383.

Professionals and private clients in need of individual and tailored solutions, please do not hesitate to contact us with your request.

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