RESIDENTS A pair of alpacas, named Gloria and Gaynor, temporarily moved into a care home in North Yorkshire.

The metre-tall, 70kg animals were visiting residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

They immediately made themselves at home, settling in the lounge and sitting down – a sign they feel safe and unthreatened, according to keepers.

The duo were brought to the home from Alpaca Alpaca, a family run farm in the Leven Valley, near Yarm.

Gloria and Gaynor made immediate friends with the residents, with many stroking their fleeces and one resident,

TOILET TRAINING Specifiers of accessible equipment are

being offered a new opportunity to enhance their knowledge base, to keep up with technological developments.

Closomat, manufacturer of wash & dry toilets and assistive bathroom fixtures, is launching a series of CPD sessions.

The new programme can be delivered either at the recipients’ offices, Closomat’s own showroom in Manchester, or at its factory in Stoke on Trent.

Walter Frost, even offering a kiss.

Sharon Lewis, Activities Coordinator at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, on Randolph Street, said: “The residents are really fond of animals. We already have five chickens, which they have

The training can be tailored to individual requirements, addressing everything from the broad design considerations in specifying an accessible bathroom or Changing Places assisted accessible facility, to elements such as considerations in choosing specific equipment- wash & dry toilets, hoists, washbasins.

Further, the detail can be picked to cover everything from a general overview, to specification issues including legislative requirements, and best practice guidelines, and user evolution.

raised since the birds hatched a couple of months ago, and a budgie called Sparky.

“The residents find it very soothing to have animals in the home.”

Mark Sadler, Sales Director at Closomat, explained: “Assistive bathroom and toilet technology has seen a raſt of changes just in a few months.

“There has also been a number of changes to legislation and guidelines. With ever growing pressures on their time, Occupational Therapists, grants officers, architects, find it impossible to keep up. We, by contrast, spend our working lives focussed on those issues, so have the expertise and knowledge.

“We’ve therefore developed our training programme to focus on whatever specific elements the attendees want particularly to cover, enabling them, in just an hour or so, to be ‘up to speed’. They will leave knowing they are, henceforth, specifying appropriately and correctly, achieving best value for the provider and recipient.”

Closomat is the only UK supplier of technology to aid independence and dignity in the bathroom to manufacture in the UK, and deliver, in house, nationwide sales, technical and service support. - 7 -

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