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Accessible bathrooms installed at care home

Absolute Mobility : 15 November, 2013  (Application Story)
A care home in Reading has improved facilities for redidents with mobility problems with the installation of accessible bathroom suites from Absolute Mobility
Accessible bathrooms installed at care home


Abbeyfield Home in Reading is a great example of a care home that has benefitted from accessible bathrooms installed by Oxfordshire-based Absolute Mobility.



Like Absolute Mobility, all the staff members at Abbeyfield are dedicated to ensuring and encouraging residents’ freedom and dignity, a value that Absolute Mobility has held since its conception in 2009.



Abbeyfield, which has now been open for 15 years, accommodates 28 residents in 28 single, en-suite rooms, with 30 members of care staff and a number of volunteers helping to run the home and look after the residents.  The building is a purpose built house made possible by fundraising through various local appeals.



The accessible bathrooms were installed at the care home 18 months ago with a view to further improving the residents’ facilities.  And the investment has been well worth it, according to Christopher Widows, the House Chairman whose committee supervises the day-to-day running of the home: “We ordered both bathrooms from Absolute Mobility after our previous bathrooms were deemed to be old and tired, and in need of an upgrade.  We decided to work with Absolute Mobility in the installation of the new bathrooms due to their locality and excellent initial response from Darren and the team.



“We knew immediately we had made the right decision; the quality of their workmanship was outstanding and the speed at which they worked was brilliant. We had also heard many good things from other customers who had used their services, and were highly reassured by the positive references.  The bathrooms have made the lives of residents and staff members far easier; the residents have been able to maintain their dignity and especially appreciate having the choice between a walk-in bath and a level access shower.  We would definitely recommend Absolute Mobility to other care homes, who want similar accessible bathrooms, for their high level of service.”



The bath in question is the Windsor 2 Power Bath, which features a powered seat lift that is attached directly to the bath.  Those in a wheelchair can also be easily transferred with the simple press of a button to raise, pivot and lower the user and seat into the water, making the bathing experience easy and relaxing.  The aim of the Windsor 2 Power Bath is to allow residents to be able to retain their dignity and make it easier for the care staff to offer assistance; with a maximum user weight of 24st (150kg) and the deepest bath of its kind, the Windsor 2 is ideal for use in various care settings.  It also comes with an optional detachable transfer seat for simple bed-to-bath movement, a left or right hand configuration, a choice of folding armrests or safety straps and an optional child care seat (suitable for ages one to five).



Level-access showers and wet rooms, such as the ones at Abbeyfield, are ideal for wheelchair users and those who cannot be lifted into baths, as the floor can be made completely level. They are also perfect for smaller bathrooms as they take up less space, and are simple to keep clean.  Absolute Mobility supplies thermostatically controlled showers, grab rails and shower seats to customise the space to your needs.



Darren O’Connell, a Director at Absolute Mobility, said: “We are delighted that our bathrooms have assisted Abbeyfield residents in maintaining their dignity.  This aim is very much ingrained into the Absolute Mobility ethos as we believe everyone should be able to remain independent, whether it is in their own home or a care home.  We will, of course, be providing an on-going after sales service to Abbeyfield as part of our pledge to be there for our customers even after the warranty on products has expired.”


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