Mobility distributor Yorkshire Care Equipment is now dealing in bathroom and wetroom adaptations, which marks the group’s latest move to drive growth and operate in new markets.
To aid sales the retailer, which recently declared its intentions to grow three-fold by 2020, has installed a demonstration bathroom and wetroom in the front window of its Harrogate showroom which includes a toilet, basin, bath and a level access shower.
As part of the move the company has also signed a distribution agreement with a bathroom equipment manufacturer, who has remained anonymous, and will be using its components in its bathroom and wetroom fit-outs.
Explaining the move into the sector David Jordan, Yorkshire Care’s showroom manager, said that the company had had older clients tell staff that they were looking to move house because they had an upstairs bathroom and could not access it as easily as they once did.
“Some of these people have lived in their homes for years and years, so it seems rather sad for them to have to move just because of accessibility,” he said.
“By offering bathroom and wetroom adaptations, we’re giving these customers an alternative which lets them stay in their homes, without compromising their quality of life.”
Yorkshire Care now has two plumbers on its installations team who will be working on all aspects of the adaptation process.
Yorkshire Care’s bathroom and wetroom specialist, Gordon Hulbert, said that a lot of thought goes into each part of the equipment required for every adaptation.
“When I go into a client’s home, I ask a lot of questions to ensure that they are getting something that is suitable for their present needs, but also something that will withstand the test of time and offer the same benefits a few years down the line.
“Making bathroom and wetroom adaptations part of Yorkshire Care’s services is a natural progression for us. And because we have such an understanding of mobility and access challenges, we can think not just of the finished aesthetic, but also the functionality for the actual individual.”
Recently, Yorkshire Care’s sister company Innova Care Concepts announced that it was moving into the case management and litigation market and speaking to AMP last month CEO Tom Hulbert said that both firms are branching out as part of growth plans.