Access Walk-in Baths is supporting the latest campaign from the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) to encourage home adaptations through trusted providers.
Part of Gainsborough Healthcare Group, Access is a member of BHTA and adheres to a strict code of conduct as approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). This ensures its customers receive a fair deal and ethical service which is delivered by Access through a carefully selected network of distributors.
Now, the company is backing a call from the BHTA for older people to seek out its certified members when making vital home adaptations.
The campaign, which launched last month, came after new research suggested that almost a third (32%) of adults in England could be put off from making vital home repairs and improvements because of a lack of trust in tradespeople.
The survey, conducted on those aged 18-17, found that more than half (59%) do not trust tradespeople to do a good job, while 56% believe tradespeople will not give a fair cost for the job they carry out.
Access said these opinions could represent a worrying trend, especially during the pandemic, as elderly and disabled individuals resist vital adaptations in the home.
“This will impact on safety, confidence and mobility resulting in the need for extra care and pressures on the NHS through potential injuries,” the company said.
Dr Simon Festing, Chief Executive Officer of the British Healthcare Trades Association, commented: “The results of this research reveal all our fears of dodgy tradespeople. But we believe that with the right approach, older people can still go ahead and get essential adaptations and improvements to their homes, which they need to live healthier and independent lives.
“As one of the longest-established trade associations in the healthcare sector, the BHTA understands just how important trust is when it comes to having work carried out for vital installations, such as handrails, stairlifts, ramps and accessible baths and bathrooms.”