Case study: Dementia care home installs new showering solution

Published: 25-Apr-2017

GreenAcres and Impey join forces to enhance dementia-friendly washrooms

The organisation

GreenAcres is a private residential care hom, caring for people with dementia.

Consisiting of 47 rooms, all with en-suites, GreenAcres caters for up to 47 residents, with specialist staff and facilties to ensure the highest level of dementia care is available.

Situated in Guernsey, GreenAcres was previously a large hotel.

It has now been taken into private ownership and converted into a dedicated facility; the only one of its kind in the Channel Islands.

The privately-funded refurbishment has been driven by five individuals, all involved in the medical industry, with high-quality dementia care close to their hearts.

Notable features include attractive accessible wetrooms which incorporate Impey EasyFit Decs, beautifully-landscaped gardens, a bar and lounge area, as well as a luxurious wood-burning stove in the cosy bar.

Supporting both families and people with dementia, all staff have undergone specialist training and work with the residents across all departments.

GreenAcres’ ethos is to offer a comfortable and homely setting to the residents and day visitors; some of whom may eventually transition to living full-time at the residence.

The showering solution

During the refurbishment of the shower rooms, a specific priority was to ensure that all products installed at GreenAcres worked well with the needs of the end users.

Director and care manager, Moira Boyd, felt that the key to ensuring the wetrooms fitted the criteria was the creation of spacious, light and bright showering areas, which were functional and clutter free.

The renovated rooms were a combination of both concrete and wooden floors, so it was important that installation, time, and cost were considered for both flooring surfaces when selecting wetroom products from Impey.

Nigel Netherton, sales manager of bathroom and heating supplier, DHS, worked closely with the team to supply and install the Impey EasyFit Wetroom Decs.

Moira Boyd

Moira Boyd

Product Choice

With advice from the DHS team, Boyd selected the Impey EasyFit with vinyl wastes to create an ideal flooring solution for the Green Acres accessible wetrooms.

Manufactured using high glass content; the EasyFit decs are strong and can withstand weights of up to 47 stones; easily accommodating wheelchair users and their carers.

Installation of the EasyFit Dec requires no underboarding, reducing both installation time and cost for the project; helping to ensure the smooth running and cost-effective nature of this private care home conversion.

Boyd said: “The product selected was ideal for our requirements. As this project was a refurbishment, the Impey Decs suited any areas and could be adapted to fit any of the waste pipes that were already in place in the building. This saved greatly on time and costs.”

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