empowering residents and visiting family and friends.

As Jewish Care group’s site facilities

manager Lindsay Forrest says: “With this system we are confident it is safe for residents as there is a safety mechanism in place for the boiling hot water where you have to touch the button twice and hold, reducing the chances of burning themselves on a hot kettle.”

Five minutes can be a long time in a care home and having access to instant chilled, filtered water or instant boiling water can save the extra time waiting around for a kettle to boil. Forrest comments: “It’s five extra minutes a relative can spend with their mum or dad. For example, a person with dementia who is still relatively independent may want a cup of tea but after a few minutes may forget why they’ve boiled the kettle. With this system, they can have a hot drink instantly.”

Architects’ role

A wide range of tap control options are available to meet the needs of different environments

There are clear advantages and disadvantages that architects and specifiers should discuss with their clients. Is hygiene the sole concern or is being person-centred

Space is at a premium in hospitals – the risk of patients or nurses bumping into poorly located

drinking water systems is a nightmare scenario, contravening duty of care

also important? Is a system which may be more expensive in the short-term going to provide long-term value?

When taking all these factors into account, architects and specifiers are urged to seek innovations which support patient care and not to simply go with the norm. They have a crucial role to play in educating the client and ensuring the best option for the patients and residents is chosen. Healthcare environments will be all the better for it.

Kevin Winchester is head of business development for BRITA Vivreau



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