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MMC - Agile Ageing Alliance's vision of Neighbourhoods of the Future, with tower blocks and outdoor communal areas

Agile Ageing Alliance is a joining of innovators from across the building and housing sectors, as well as health, care, design & technology and finance advisors who have come together to produce a new way of retirement living. Neighbourhoods of the Future is a vision which modern methods of construction (MMC) can make a reality, providing much-needed affordable homes for the elderly as well as younger people. Here, Ian Spero – founder of Agile Ageing Alliance – answers editor Victoria Galligan's questions on how MMC can help to solve the housing crisis.

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James Thomas, left, discusses care home services with a client

James Thomas, QFP, Commercial Manager at d&t business planning, discusses the need for careful planning when extending care home services.

The expansion of care home services requires the mitigation of risk through analysis and proper planning both to protect the business and those it cares for long term.

Extending an existing facility by nature often requires significant investment and therefore, commercial backing.  Securing appropriate funding will be a key part of the successful expansion of services. Here, a balance needs to be struck between the need for borrowing and the income likely to be generated from providing care services.

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Refurbished kitchen

Mobile Kitchens Ltd specialises in the hire or sale of temporary catering facilities and foodservice equipment.

Ideal for events or to provide temporary catering facilities during your kitchen refurbishment, our versatile units and equipment offer an efficient and economic solution to the caterers’ needs.

Production Kitchens, Preparation Kitchens, Ware-washing Units, Dry Store Units, Cold Rooms and Restaurant Units are available as individual units in their own right or they can be linked together on site to form a complete complex.

Alternatively, we can offer modular, open-plan facilities, usually for larger, longer-term hires.

We offer a free design service, and project management from concept through to delivery and installation on site, plus full technical support throughout the hire period.

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Koubou Interiors

Koubou Interiors is an award-winning Interior Architecture and Design company specialising in Healthcare and Commercial design.

Koubou Interiors is a BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) Registered Practice and it’s Managing Director Gilly Craft, is the current President having previously been the Institute’s CPD Director.

The company has worked on a variety of projects in both the NHS and Private sectors including hospitals, surgeries etc. We also work with clients and their families who want to stay in their own homes but can only do so by adaptation to their living space.

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Pendock’s LST radiator guards in a bedroom

Richard Braid, managing director at Pendock, explains how low surface temperature (LST) radiator guards can help care homes manage the risk of burns from radiators. 

Many of the radiators fitted in UK care homes will be operating at temperatures that can pose a burn risk. Care home residents can come into prolonged contact with radiators, for example if they fall and are unable to move or call for help. In addition, some people can’t recognise or react to hot surfaces, either because their sensitivity to temperature is impaired, or their mental state prevents them from doing so. It’s therefore essential for care home managers to control the risks. 

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2 New Contract Upholsteries from Skopos

Alongside their new print, Mau Loa, Skopos have launched 2 new flexible upholstery ranges into the contract market.  Contrasting plains, Bonita and Cuba each offer something different for statement furniture. Where durability is keen and style cannot be compromised, these collections bring colour and energy into a scheme. Providing a sophisticated luxury finish Bonita is a soft, matt cotton-look velvet in a palette of bright jewel colours and neutrals. 

Cuba in contrast, a textured plain, giving a natural linen-look feel in trend-led tones, offers a simple, straightforward solution. Priced keenly for use across a variety of contract projects, the collections previewed at the Care Show in October and Sleep & Eat in November, demonstrating the flexibility of both products for use alone or with other designs. Both collections meet the requirements for care interiors and with a waterproof layer as standard, antimicrobial properties and a soil resist finish.  The collections achieve 40,000+ Martindale rubs and meet the flame retardancy standards required for contract furniture.

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Russell Pillar of Spearhead Healthcare on caring for carers

Russell Pillar, director of care interiors at Spearhead Healthcare, advises how the right equipment and training makes a huge difference – to staff, residents and families…

All of us are aware that the care sector is burgeoning as our elderly population continues to rise. In fact, the Office for National Statistics has predicted a 36% growth in people aged 85+ between 2015 and 2025, up to 2million, and this is expected to lead to even higher demand for care home services.

Providing this care is of course reliant on carers, which means attracting and retaining staff is crucial to the sector. However, here there is a growing challenge, with some 110,000 vacancies in England’s adult social care sector at any given time and a 30.7% average annual staff turnover, according to Skills for Care. 

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Four Acres care home interior

Runwood Homes Senior Living has invested £6 million to rebuild former Warwickshire County Council owned care home, Four Acres, turning it into a modernised and expanded version of the former residential care setting, completed to a favourably high specification and now open to new admissions. 

This state of the art care home, close to the town of Redditch in Warwickshire, has been specially developed to cater for older people, including those living with dementia, creating a spacious and homely assisted living facility perfectly suited to accommodate seniors seeking an luxurious residential offering - a top Warwickshire care home. The home benefits from a concierge service, multiple lounges, desirable dining areas, courtyard garden, hairdressing and beauty spa, sociable café and kitchenettes to encourage independent living. 

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 Theraposture Rotoflex bed

 96-year-old Tom Neil is a famous Royal Air Force fighter pilot and ‘Ace’ of the Second World War who is benefitting from better sleep and more comfort thanks to a powered profiling and rotational bed.

 Tom is a highly respected veteran of WW2 and completed 141 combat missions for the RAF during the Battle of Britain.  He is the last surviving ‘Ace’ from this historic engagement and has published several books recalling his experiences flying Hurricanes and Spitfires between 1938-1964.  Tom has multiple awards for bravery, held the position of Chairman of the Fighter Pilots Association and was a key figure in the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Britain. 

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Alpine HC's Hybrid Mattress video

This revolutionary non-powered mattress combines air and foam so that its users benefit from the comfort of a static mattress whilst profiting from the advanced pressure relief that an alternating pressure mattress provides.

The Reposa® Synergy by Alpine HC possesses a cutting-edge technology that uses nature to redistribute the pressure applied on the mattress.  Exposed valves naturally inhale and exhale air when pressure is exerted on the inset air-foam cells, evenly distributing pressure across the user’s skin. 

Using multiple specialist foams, the Synergy mattress greatly enhances user comfort. A rigid foam frame surrounds the air-foam cells, providing a sturdy structure and support for the user when transferring into and out of the bed. A two inch super-soft foam topper provides exceptional comfort and added pressure relief.

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