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25 Apr 2016

Housing 21’s “Bath Out Shower In” Project

- Written by Ash Bath

scheme-manager_Lesia-Surgery-229x218Lesia is the Estate Manager at Housing 21’s Kenneth Launder Court in Liskeard, Cornwall.  She is delighted that her residents now have total independence following complete bathroom adaptations by AKW.

“Kenneth Launder Court is a village with a roof on top – it has a family feel to it.  My residents come here to feel safe and have the peace of mind that someone is only round the corner if they need help.  Their ages range from 63 to 93.”

“Most of the baths weren’t being used because it was just too difficult, even with the help of carers.  Instead the care assistants were taking residents to the wet room communal showers and we only have one of those on each of the three floors.  The showers in the communal rooms were standard design with no aids.”

“Before the adaptations, I was organising carers to visit certain residents three times a week to help with bathing and now no one needs help.  It’s great that our residents have total independence.  I’ve had excellent feedback from the occupational therapists and the fact that the adapted bathroom had been installed has even meant that one resident was able to return early to her own home from temporary residential care after a nasty fall.

“The bathrooms are also a lot less cluttered because with baths, residents had to have bath boards, steps and rails everywhere.  The bathrooms look so much nicer and I was able to send back over 25 pieces of equipment from each!”

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