The two adjacent rooms were earmarked for conversion and upgrade to new care suites and Wealden Rehab were invited to tender for the supply and installation of new care baths and XY hoist systems. Working alongside the main contractor we installed the Heliq ceiling hoist units and XY room-cover rail systems to a mixture of wall brackets and wall posts, as the building was an older construction with a flat roof.
The hoist rail systems had our 'Constant Charge' power system - this allows the hoist to charge its battery from anywhere in the room (the care staff don't have to remember to put it into a charging dock!)
The wall posts and brackets were installed over the Acrovyn® wall protection for a tidy finish.
Given the length of one of the rooms, and the relatively low ceiling height, we chose to install 3 supporting rails to the travelling hoist rail. This meant we could reduce the depth of the travelling track and thereby maintain a good lifting height within the room.
One of the rooms was equipped with an Avero height-adjustable care bath. This spacious bath gave plenty of room for taller users but was specified with a foot board, allowing the care staff to place a useful support further up the bath for shorter users.
The client chose the Avero Motion bath for the second room. This bath has an integral hinged side door, and an innovative and ergonomic internal moulding, supporting the user in a sitting position. The bath allows a user to move across into the tub in a sitting position. The footwell of the bath can be prefilled with thermostatically controlled water.
When the user is comfortable and the door closed, the bath can then be tilted back, allowing the water to flow into the other portion of the bath and surrounding the user. The bath is also height adjustable.
Both baths were chosen with TMV3 thermostatic tap kits, WRAS shower gantrys, removable visco-padding sets, variable-speed air spa and colour-changing light therapy.
The bathrooms were also equipped with a changing plinth and height-adjustable basin mounts. The builder installed a bluetooth music system to the rooms, alongside colour-changing LEDs in the ceiling.
The students at this residential special school are in for the ultimate sensory experience!
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