Case Study: Compact Plus bath

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Luxury Care Home Chooses Compact Plus Bath

Hazelwell Care Home in The Wirral, recently opened its doors to residents following its multi-million-pound development.

This care and residential home has been designed and built to an exceptionally high standard with luxurious en-suite bedrooms to accommodate up to 55 residents in total.

Active Bathing, part of Astor Bannerman, was asked to install two of its space-saving Compact Plus baths to ensure that all residents would have access to a bath on a daily basis.

Clare Long, National Care Home Sales Manager for Active Bathing explained:

“The most important feature of any assisted bathroom is the assisted bath itself. Where the highest levels of care are a pre-requisite and space is at a premium, then the WRAS approved Compact 1600 Plus bath offers the perfect solution for both bather and carer alike.”

Being perfectly proportioned with its minimal external 1600mm footprint, the unique ‘slipper shaped’ tub, the Compact 1600 Plus bath safely cocoons the bather and offers one of the most generous internal spaces in a bath of its kind.

Hazelwell Care Home Manager Lisa Millington commented:

“The equipment was specified by the architects and that included all the bathrooms to ensure that everything was fully accessible to all residents while also assisting us from a staffing perspective and the two baths make a real difference. For the elderly, getting in and out of a bath often comes with the risk of a fall but the powered seat function on the bath completely eliminates this and that is fantastic. The bath also makes a real difference for the staff as there is no need to lift or hoist residents, they just transfer them from a chair (if necessary) into the powered seat and then they transfer them into the water.”

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Features of the Compact Plus Bath

Standard features of the Compact Plus Bath include a bath filler tap with built in TMV3 temperature regulation and quarter turn controls, WRAS approved Cat 5 TMV3 Showersafe systems, fully powered left or right hand transfer, battery back-up, hoist access panels and pop up waste.

In addition, the safe working load of 150kg/24 stones means this bath offers one of the most stylish and effective bathing systems available today.

“The residents love the Compact Plus as it allows them to enjoy a relaxing bath is a safe environment. We have one resident that comes here for respite and as she does not have a bath at home she loves the fact that when she is here she can enjoy one. I have been working in the care home industry for 28 years and in that time the way equipment has evolved to what it is today, with solutions like the Compact Plus bath from Active Bathing, is amazing. For example, as recently as 2003, we were manually lifting residents in and out of a bath without even a hoist!”

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Sales Director Anthony Kilgarriff explained:

“Unlike some manufacturers, we take baths and other equipment to the client for a free product demonstration so the staff can see the benefits first hand. By offering free CAD room layout plans to our customers, we are also able to offer free advice on the design of the bathroom in which the equipment will be installed. In addition to our large range of products and solutions, we also have our own team of engineers who are trained and qualified to service products from other manufacturers and offer full LOLER testing when required”

Established in 1993, Astor-Bannerman (Medical) Ltd has built an exceptional reputation within the Social Services and Local Authority Sectors where it is held in the highest regard.  Active Bathing is proud to be a part of the Astor-Bannerman group of companies and of its reputation. Building on the success of Astor-Bannerman, Active Bathing is now a key provider of assisted bathing, showering and patient transfer systems in the long term care sector today.

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Further Resources

You can see more of Astor Bannerman’s range on their showcase page

Assisted and adapted bathroom facilities for care environments can be found here


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