Stour Valley Care Group has installed six Gainsborough power-assisted baths at its flagship Mistley Manor care home development in Manningtree, Essex.
The £7 million Mistley Manor project will ultimately house up to 66 residents and employ a care team of around 150 people providing assisted living and nursing services.
Gainsborough was chosen to provide three Ascot hi-lo baths and three Windsor baths with powered seats.
Construction of Mistley Manor began in 2012 and owners, Mike and Jacqui Volf, were responsible for not only the project management but also the specification, design and co-ordination of the construction for this new development.
Their aim from the outset has been to create what the call a ‘care hotel’ with a stylish and aspirational feel compared to a conventional care home setting.
Referring to the choice of Gainsborough baths, Jacqui Volf, Mistley Manor owner, said: “We were looking for versatile, easy-to-use bathing solutions that would offer the highest levels of care and flexibility for our residents. The Gainsborough product specialists were helpful and talked us through the various options and main considerations to bear in mind. Their professional approach and ability to support us right from the concept and design stages through to commissioning and carer training were absolutely critical to our final decision.
“We designed Mistley Manor to offer a luxurious, yet exceptionally comfortable living environment for our residents. Every element of the build was carefully considered, from the spread and variety of accommodation available to the design and specification of the various fixtures and fittings throughout. Gainsborough’s specialist baths create an enjoyable bathing experience for users and help our team deliver greater levels of care.”
Within the main building complex, the Ascot hi-lo baths provide a compact bathing solution that maximises bathroom space and allows access for carers. The powered transfer seat and variable-height adjustment on the Ascot bath means carers will not need to manually lift residents in and out of the bath.
A cluster of bungalows within the complex offer Windsor baths for more independent residents. Designed to fit into the space of a traditional style bath, the fixed-height Windsor incorporates a powered transfer seat that can be operated with a roaming handset by the resident.