Adapted bathroom installer First Class is opening its new Centre of Excellence this week which will allow customers to try bathroom aids out before purchasing them.
The first of its kind in the South West, the centre in Kingsteignton is accessed via a through-floor lift and is designed to allow clients to choose the most suitable options for their needs under the guidance of a trained First Class team.
Founder Neil Golsworthy hopes the new service will help the elderly and those with disabilities to maintain independence in their own homes.
He told Devon Live in a report: “After working in the building industry since I was 18 years old, I realised there was a significant gap in the market in providing specialist advice and living design options for our elderly clients and those with specialist needs and disabilities. This isn’t just a job, this is about giving people their independence back and seeing how we can change their lives, often in very difficult situations.
“All of the displays are operational and include a variety of products including a high/low bath with seat and leg lift, remote rise and fall basins with electronically operated taps, walk in hydro massage bath, wash/dry toilet, steam cabinet, body dryer and seven fully functional showering displays. There is also a children’s bathroom area with a mini sink and toilet in lovely bright colours which is attractive to children with sensory and sight problems.”
Golsworthy is sharing his company’s expertise with healthcare professionals and he is developing ongoing training sessions for occupational therapists. OTs can then visit the centre to try products out.
First Class stocks brands such as AKW, Astor-Bannerman, Pressalit and Impey among others.