Upgrading care equipment provides an ideal opportunity to review the processes that need to be carried out, and in turn, the equipment that is required to best deliver the care required.
This project was undertaken on behalf of a private client who's period-property required sensitive and empathetic design to bring out the best in the rooms. Full height double-aspect windows in the bedroom delivered lots of natural light.
The client required to be hoisted for all transfers and benefited from hydrotherapy to relax. The new bedroom layout provided space to hoist into the wheelchair, and a through-floor lift was installed to the adjacent landing to provide transport to the ground floor. A GoLift ceiling hoist was installed within the porch to provide easy transfers between indoor and outdoor wheelchairs, and an external step-lift was installed to provide access to the patients' vehicle.
The bedroom needed to be connected to the main bathroom to make hygiene transfers less troublesome. We installed a Rio height-adjustable care bath with hydrotherapy spa, along with a Neatfold changing table which hinges to the side of the bath when not in use. An Aquaclean 8000 care WC was also installed.
To enable the transfers in each room, both rooms were installed with an XY track system, with the fixed tracks integrated (inset rails) into the ceiling to minimise visual intrusion. The moving tracks in each room were connected by a transfer gate system allowing the GoLift hoist unit to move between the rooms. The doorway between the rooms was generously proportioned at 1200mm wide and equipped with an Eclisse double pocket door. The header track and doors were customised to close around the hoist track, closing the aperture completely.
The client further demonstrated their exquisite taste in design by commissioning a custom washbasin console, featuring a shaped Corian basin under-mounted to a marble counter.
The architect for this project was ARA Architects