“Maximising manoeuvring space was critical as we have one service user who has a large wheelchair. To ensure there were no entrapment risks from the reclining bath, it was positioned perpendicular to the original bath which meant floor space may have been compromised. However, with the repositioning of a large radiator, clever concealing of pipes and a lateral ceiling track hoist, optimum usability of the bathroom space was maintained. Again, this is a prime example of why we chose G360 services as Gainsborough were able to complete all the additional plumbing and electrical work without us having to contact a different contractor.”
Sharon adds: “The installation guys were impeccable and thoroughly professional – they were the best workers we have ever had! Even when the project came up against challenges, including the unforeseen concrete block flooring, the chaps cracked on to lay the wet room substructure in super quick time. Gainsborough gave us a plan at the start and they stuck to it. The wet room conversion took seven days and we experienced minimal disruption, they were tidy and considerate to our vulnerable residents.”
Now complete, the redeveloped Caretech wet room includes a range of quality, specialist fixtures and fitting alongside a reclining Sentes bath manufactured by Gainsborough.
The Sentes was a crucial element with the new project as residents had lost confidence in the previous bath. With its unreliability users were not relaxed and were opting for showers instead which were not as therapeutic. As the new wet room was being installed, the washing facilities in the other two bungalows were used and became the ‘norm’ for residents. Change can be a challenge for individuals with certain condition so the introduction of a new bath can sometimes result in resistance to engage.
Nevertheless, with the Sentes, service users felt familiar and confident quickly, so they returned to bathing on a regular basis without any apprehension.