Bathing aids supplier Ropox has played a central role in a special new learning centre in Halifax for 16 to 19-year olds.
The fully accessible centre at Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College currently has 56 students who have a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.
As part of the design of the building four personal hygiene suites were installed to ensure students requiring assistance with person care could be supported in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
The project from inception to completion has taken over 10 years and initially was the vision of Martin Moorman Headteacher, who supported by the staff team, local community and local business raised £1.8m towards the total cost of the build.
Julie Crabtree, Deputy Head took on the role of Project Manager and was responsible for all aspects of the internal fit out.
She said: “The look of the centre is very contemporary and I was determined to follow this through into the personal care suites as I did not want them looking clinical and unwelcoming.
“I wanted them to be stylish and of a high quality, as well as being fit for purpose, but not ordinary and I knew the Ropox products would help me achieve this”.
The SwingLine wash basin can swing 180˚ therefore allowing people with reduced mobility to position the wash basin in front of the toilet so they can wash their hands while seated as opposed to having to move across the room to a basin.
The Toilet Lifter gently lowers and raises the user to the optimum height for both them and their carer and is available with either manual or electric adjustment.
To ensure high levels of infection control the basin and Toilet Lifter both feature an ergonomic design and smooth rounded edges to make cleaning as easy as possible.
In the three remaining suites, Ropox supplied manual height adjustable SupportLine wash basins which feature integrated hand grabs to assist people who may be able to stand to wash their hands but still require some support.