AKW is assisting St Phillips Care Group as part of its current focus to upgrade 100 en-suite and shared bathrooms.
Four of the group’s homes are getting an upgrade, including Cathedral Care Centre and Roxholm Hall Care Centre in Lincolnshire, Kippen House in the Perthshire Hills and Chestnuts Care Centre in Grimsby.
The aim of the update is to cater for a range of nursing and residential needs for those with mental health issues, dementia and other age-related conditions.
As a result of the variety of needs across the four sites, the estates team decided to work with AKW to come up with a bathroom upgrade solution that could be rolled out across the group’s facilities.
AKW subsequently developed a ‘bathroom pack’ of fixtures and fittings that could be installed throughout the estate and looked visually attractive, whilst offering the inclusivity, cost-effectiveness and longevity needed by the St Philips Care Group.
Andy King, assistant estates manager for the St Philips Care Group, commented: “With our continual refurbishment programme across the estate, we want to deliver the highest quality and functionality, as cost-effectively as possible. Working with the team at AKW, we were able to create a ‘bathroom pack’ of products that we can order for each installation.”
He continued: “We have installed 20 of the 100 so far and the products are easy to install, look good and are hard-wearing. Due to the colour contrasts, they are great for our residents with visual impairments and dementia, as well as looking more welcoming than our existing bathrooms. The key is customer satisfaction and our residents and their families have loved the end result.”
The AKW bathroom pack for the St Philips Care Group includes a raised height pan and cistern with a dark blue, ergonomic toilet seat and lid, a toilet roll holder and dark blue, hinged arm support rail and grab rails.
In addition, a monobloc mixer tap has been specified with the sink for ease of use, incorporating a TMV3 valve, a regulatory requirement for all care home applications.
To ensure the bathrooms meet a range of end-user requirements, some existing baths are being replaced with wet rooms.
In these installations, AKW’s TuffForm wet room formers are being used to accommodate a user with a wheelchair and two carers if required.