Care home operator Only Care has commissioned equipment manufacturer Gainsborough to install a new specialist wet room and accessible toilets.
The equipment was installed at Hollybank House in Oakerthorpe, which is a 40-bed facility caring for elderly residents with a variety of needs.
Gainsborough was approached by Only Care last year and commissioned the company based on factors including quality, time-scale and budget.
Matt McDermott, Gainsborough’s wetroom field manager, took the lead on the project and recommended a suitable specification.
Floor plans and detailed designs were supplied with materials and fixtures suitable for a high-traffic environment.
The wet room needed to provide more than six showering cycles per day and continuous toileting. Welcoming aesthetics and efficient moving and handling were also of high importance.
During the initial site survey, Gainsborough discovered significant pre-enablement works needed to be completed.
The main issue was enhancing infection control through better ventilation, drainage and the elimination of exposed pipework. Hence the Gainsborough design team recommended the ceiling was lowered, the sub-floor was reconstructed and walls were repositioned.
The lowered ceiling provided a cavity for an industrial-standard inline fan and ducting so moisture in the environment could be expelled more efficiently – hence reducing the risk of harmful microbes.
Hygiene was enhanced further by high quality anti-slip, hygienic specialist flooring with capped edge coving and all pipework was concealed in walls or within easy-clean cabinets. These factors reduced the rise of bacteria and improved the efficiency of deep cleaning routines.
Installation began in February 2019 and work was completed within four weeks.
Jane Brown, care home manager, said: “It was imperative that the work did not cause disruption or compromise the well-being of the residents, especially as several have dementia. Matt and his team were very mindful of timings so we could continue to operate seamlessly.”
Chris Ashton, RGN and Only Care Group operations manager, said: “Our investment in these quality bathing and toileting facilities by Gainsborough reflects our continual commitment to resident well-being.”