In the UK, bathroom falls account for a quarter of all hospital admissions . Unsurprisingly the 80+ age range is most at risk from hospital admission due to bathroom falls, with 8% admitted per year . In addition, the number of people aged 65+ entering hospital as a result of a fall is predicted to increase by almost 50% - to almost half a million - by 2035 . The bathroom is a high risk fall area, particularly for those with sight loss, mobility issues or dementia. Here, Stuart Reynolds, Head of Product and Marketing at AKW, discusses how to overcome two of the most common causes of bathroom falls in this space: poor lighting and trip and slip hazards.
Inspired by the work of ‘Help Bristol’s Homeless’ charity, container manufacturer, Newspace of Lydney in Gloucestershire, has created a specially designed Sleepover Pod to help ease the City’s rough sleeping issue. The unit has been sited at Bristol’s Malago Road which is an area of ground currently unused, although earmarked for development.
If you have long term disabled tenants who need changes to the property to enable them to retain their independence, Government funding is available to cover the costs, says Closomat.
The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is claimed to be one of the best kept secrets of the welfare system. It can provide up to £30,000 towards the cost of undertaking changes to a property that are “necessary and appropriate”, are “reasonable and can be done” to help someone live independently. The Government pot has almost doubled in five years: in the current financial year, £500m is available for DFGs via local authorities.
The problem of damp subfloors is a general issue in the market, yet the current flooring solutions available result in a long, complex and costly installation process. However, Forbo Flooring Systems has launched a new easy, economic and hassle-free solution which can be installed directly onto damp subfloors: Modul’Up T.E.
Forbo launched its adhesive-free sheet vinyl collection Modul’up in 2018, but has since been continuing to develop a version suitable for installation over damp subfloors with up to 97% RH.
Armitage Shanks, the renowned commercial washroom solutions provider, has enhanced its industry-leading DOC M package alongside new research around sight loss and dementia.
For the last few decades, Armitage Shanks has worked closely with occupational therapists to create the most inclusive solutions which guarantee compliance in commercial and residential care sector washrooms. Now, the manufacturer has adapted its DOC M offering to comprise more visually distinctive products. Due to the colour’s optimum visual properties, Armitage Shanks’ easy to specify DOC M packages now include red toilet seats, hinged arms, toilet roll holders and back rests.
Leading paint manufacturer Crown Paints will be bringing home the benefits of supply chain collaboration at the forthcoming Procurement for Housing (PfH) Live conference by showcasing a range of solutions designed to help specifiers working in the social housing sector create colourful, cost-effective and high-quality decoration schemes.
The key industry event, which takes place from 25th-27th June as part of the annual Chartered Institute of Housing event in Manchester, will see Crown take up position on Stand P11. From here specifiers will be able to find out more about Crown’s specification support packages, which include guidance on appropriate colour schemes and help with product specification to improve standards and reduce maintenance cycles, as well as the company’s innovative product range of exterior and interior paints and specialist coatings.
A new poll(*) maintains that 75% of people believe all new homes should be built to be accessible to all ages and abilities.