Making sure you find the right bathroom equipment to suit the needs of your care home residents and staff can be a daunting task. However, two well-known faces in the sector have joined forces to create a new range of height adjustable and fixed height assisted baths for the care home market, which have been designed to meet the needs of each individual resident. With more than 60 years' experience in design, manufacturing and customer service between them, Ray Metcalf and Dennis Goodes have launched a unique range of baths for the assisted bathing market. "I have enjoyed redesigning a range that specifically suits care homes, upgrading the mechanical parts and incorporating soft curves to protect delicate skin as well as being aesthetically pleasing," explains Metcalf.
A new height adjustable wash basin with enhanced features that assist hygiene control has been launched by Pressalit Care.
Known as the Matrix M, Pressalit Care has developed new integrated power buttons for raising and lowering the basin, and to aid all important hygiene control has incorporated all plumbing into a discreet, concealed unit. The Matrix M also features Pressalit Care’s highly regarded grab handles at the front of the basin.
Kings Lodge located in Surrey and operated by Aura Care Living, has selected power-assisted Gentona and Sentes baths from Gainsborough to enhance its state-of-the-art care provision.
Opened in July 2017, Kings Lodge is a stunning 64-bed care home that provides luxurious and opulent accommodation. Offering a combination of high level residential and dementia care, Kings Lodge is a state-of-the-art facility styled on a European ski-lodge set in 15 acres of mature woodland. Located in Camberley, Surrey, this innovative building is championing a new concept in person-centred care – its selection of four assistive baths by Gainsborough Specialist Bathing is instrumental to this approach.
Gainsborough to showcase operational efficient baths with BioCote anti-microbial / CRO protection at Care Show
Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, will be demonstrating its new anti-microbial technology alongside the ultra-efficient Gentona and reclining Sentes bath at the Care Show (stand D10, 10-11 October, NEC, Birmingham).
Accessible washrooms are not known for their aesthetics. To comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (2005), function often takes precedence over form. However, DELABIE, the leading European manufacturer for water controls and sanitary ware, has launched a range of grab bars and shower seats with design at its core.
Although infrared washroom technology isn’t anything new, recent years have seen it propel as a much higher priority on the healthcare specification chain – being an effective way to heighten hygiene standards and cut utility costs. Here, Chris Tranter, product manager at leading commercial supplier, Bristan advises on the importance of non-touch technology.
When specifying for a healthcare facility, there can be no greater priority than safety and hygiene. In light of this, designing clean and hygienic washroom facilities are crucial to the planning of any healthcare building in order to protect the wellbeing of residents and staff.
Martin Walker, CEO of Methven UK, discusses the role played by technology and design in the creation of usable bathrooms for the ageing population.
Thanks to technological advancements and better healthcare, the UK’s population is now living longer than ever - more than 11 million people are currently aged over 65, with one in three of us aged 55 and over. Whilst clearly this is great news, it also presents a host of challenges, not least of which is: how can you ensure bathrooms are safe for use by the ageing population?
If you’re thinking about making changes to your bathroom, it’s key that you understand all of your options to ensure that your adaptations ensure maximum mobility. Bathroom fixtures and accessories should enable a person to move around as easily as possible. Your fixtures should also help to reduce the risks of falling and slipping.
Leading mobility aid retail providers Manage at Home are offering advice on choosing the best bathroom aids to help improve simple daily living.
Showers and Baths
As pampering as it is therapeutic, an Olverum bath is like a warm, comforting hug that helps you recover when you feel mentally and physically depleted.
Whether you use it to relieve stress, revive aching muscles and joints, rebalance dry skin, or simply to luxuriate in a blissful aromatic 'me time' moment, Olverum promotes a feeling of wellbeing and renewal.
NATURAL WELLBEING SINCE 1931
Olverum was originally created in 1931 by Franz Otto Klein, a wine maker in the Mosel Valley in Germany, who developed a keen interest in the beneficial properties of natural essential oils.
Safety and comfort is imperative for Seniors when looking at Carehomes. An important part of daily life is taken up in the bathroom. But unfortunately with age often come additional hurdles. Put it this way, things that often seem straightforward in later life often aren’t. For example when looking at just running a tap – suddenly we need to ensure that one has the strength to turn on a tap, the memory to turn off the tap and the safety in place as to not get burnt by the water that comes out of the tap.
For the second year an intrepid team from Banstead-based care home, The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has completed a gruelling 24 Peaks Challenge, conquering 24 peaks in 24 hours to raise more than £4,000 for fellow maritime charity Seafarers UK. Staff members from the home in Surrey took up the challenge to raise money for Seafarers UK, with Deputy Home Manager Dorota Serafin, Estates Manager Richard Condie, Carer Kim Tema, Care Assistant Cynthia Hugo and Maintenance Technician Nick Potroanchenu tackling the course.
AKW, the UK’s leading manufacturer of accessible bathroom solutions, has completed the first phase in the renovation of 31 luxury dementia-friendly en-suite bathrooms at the Grade II listed Lypiatt Lodge nursing home. Situated in a striking period house in the heart of Cheltenham, Lypiatt Lodge provides specialist nursing care to residents with both long term and respite needs. The nursing home was acquired by Fidelia Care Limited in 2015 and, after evaluating the needs of residents and assessing the home’s existing facilities, the new owners decided to undertake a full refurbishment of the property in order to update the site and better support residents, especially those with dementia.
The most rigorous regime to test maximum weight capacity is applied by Pressalit Care to give ultimate peace of mind and confidence to users of its range of accessible bathroom products. Pressalit Care’s washroom and sanitary ware is specifically designed to improve bathroom use for those with limited mobility. Its products, many of which can be adjusted vertically or horizontally for greatest flexibility, include shower seats, washbasins, arm rests and handrails, with each put through rigorous testing procedures to ensure it is able to withstand even the most extreme real-life situations.