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GEZE’s Canterbury tale
The UK’s leading manufacturer of door performance motor that ensures the
and window control systems, GEZE UK, doors open smoothly, while being highly
has helped Canterbury’s Age Concern day efficient and quiet. Its excellent safety
centre out of tight spot with a space- features include built-in finger guards and
saving folding automatic door to enable an electro-mechanical locking system as
access for all. standard. Built to GEZE’s high standards,
Retrofitting automatic doors into the energy efficient Slimdrive SF is type-
existing buildings can be a squeeze, but for approved, certified to DIN 18650 and
Age Concern, easy access to their day provides barrier free access, aiding
centre for their elderly and disabled visitors compliance with the Disability
was essential. GEZE UK specified its Discrimination Act (DDA).
Slimdrive SF automatic sliding doors to Judith Griffiths, Chief Officer at Age
provide an elegant, effective solution that Concern said: “Easy access for our
cilities for the Disabled/DDA
maximised the available opening width. elderly visitors is vital and it can be hard
Part of GEZE’s Slimdrive range, the SF to find products that are simply able to do
operator is just 7cm high, which enables the job. GEZE’s automatic folding door is
the drives to be discreetly located while reliable, effective and gives visitors plenty
operating within limited space. By using of room to enter and exit, even with buildings accessible can be very difficult
folding doors, GEZE was able to maximise walking sticks, frames or mobility scooters. and even a simple request from a client to
the opening space through the doors, as As we get older, frailer and perhaps show enable easy access for older people, can
they don’t require the space on either side signs of arthritis, even a door handle can leave specifiers struggling. By combining
of the entrance like sliding doors, or the prove problematic. The automatic door is glass folding doors with reliable automatic
depth in the corridor need for hinged easy to maintain and a great boost for us operators from our Slimdrive range, GEZE
swing doors. all.“ UK really can offer the most compact
Using state-of-the-art control GEZE UK’s operations director Paul solution on the market. The Slimdrive SF
technology, the Slimdrive SF has a high Ryan added: “Making inaccessible fitted the bill perfectly.”
Pressalit Care helps independent living
Specialist bathrooms from Pressalit residents may live as independently, adjustment on products such as the
Care have been fitted at St Dunstan’s actively and normally as possible, taking washbasin and shower controls further
Centre for blind ex-Service men and account of their wishes and capabilities. add to the flexibility.
women at Ovingdean near Brighton. St Dunstan’s commissioned Full training was given to the staff at St
St Dunstan’s, the national charity refurbishment of the nursing wing at Dunstan’s by Pressalit Care explaining
providing welfare support, rehabilitation, Ovingdean, adapting the existing facilities how, why and when the equipment
training, respite and nursing care to ensure the highest standard of care should be moved to accommodate
offers lifelong support to St Dunstaners could be delivered in the most differing levels of disability of the occupier,
(beneficiaries) and their families, comfortable, well-equipped surroundings. their access requirements, and space for
enabling them to regain confidence The Pressalit Care track solution was staff assistance.
and independence and go on to lead installed in 18 en-suite bathrooms and two The bathrooms were designed by
fulfilling lives. assisted bathrooms. As a result, residents Sussex based Tester Associates.
One of the aims of Ovingdean is to are now able to enjoy specialist bathroom Helen Emmerson, Centre Manager of
provide quality nursing and social care facilities with the highest degree of St Dunstan’s says, “The flexibility that we
based on assessed need, in order that flexibility and independent use. now benefit from in the new bathrooms
The has made the world of difference to our
Pressalit Care residents. At St Dunstan’s we are
track enables committed to offering the highest quality
elements care, and encouraging our residents to be
within the as independent as possible. The new
bathroom, bathrooms provide St Dunstaners with the
such as the specialist facilities they need and
washbasin, deserve.”
shower fitting St Dunstan’s is recognised as a centre
and controls, of excellence for care and rehabilitation
as well as and in March 2009 was awarded an
arm supports Excellent Rating for Clinical Quality in
and even Nursing Care by Brighton & Hove Primary
shelving Care Trust.
products Pressalit Care has been designing high
where fitted, quality, long term bathroom solutions for
to be adjusted health care providers for over thirty years,
horizontally. meeting best practice and providing value
The vertical for money.
height Email:
24 feature :: facilities for the disabled/dda Building & Facilities Management – November 2009
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