“It’s a great game they play. When we get older, we get vulnerable, our voice becomes weaker and people just don’t listen and don’t pay attention, then the children are busy and just want their parents to be happy,” she said. (ABC News, Klaus Toft, 26/06/2017)
The motivation to create Availcare came about after seeing and hearing over and over how as we move through retirement people are often stripped of their basic human rights like the choice in how they live in their own home. My grandparents were among those refusing to install grab rails because they hated the look and the negative stigma they portrayed on them and their home. They were given no choice and told there was no other option. Existing companies want to stick to the same old telling people what they need rather than giving them choice and talking with them. However now with changes to regulations for Aged Care in Australia and the introduction of the NDIS customers are being given the opportunity to choose products for themselves.
Installing a grab rail is daunting for many as they see them as a hospital product, which is fair enough because in the past that’s what they looked like! During my research I visited so called 5 star Aged Care homes and yet they still had the same old rails.
I became so frustrated knowing how useful bathroom rails and seats are yet they are so hated because of their appearance, they could be so much nicer! Bathroom rails and seats are useful for all of us, for those times when our legs might be sore from the gym or sport, someone in the family has had an injury or surgery, or mum or dad are coming to stay. Trying to get off the toilet or out of the bath when you are sore and unstable can be one of the most dangerous activities at home when you don’t have support. So began Availcare.
Our extensive research and development has created a range of rails that are carefully styled to suit a wide range of modern and traditional bathroom accessories. We also have shower seats and more accessories to come as we become more established. Availcare are constantly working with our customers to develop our products and ensure they are not just functional but also suited to our customers modern bathroom accessories. We strive to create products our customers want to have not just have to have.