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Risedale at Abbey Meadow, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Risedale at Abbey Meadow, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Type of works: supply and installation of ArjoHuntleigh's Malibu bath in care home.

Residents at Risedale’s Abbey Meadow can now benefit from increased comfort and dignity thanks to the state of the art ArjoHuntleigh equipment they have installed in the new £5 million purpose built nursing/care home in Barrow–in-Furness, Cumbria.

Risedale Estates Ltd has been in the Care business for more than 20 years. Since opening their first 40-bed retirement home in 1987, seven other properties have been redeveloped, and have been equipped with the latest patient handling and hygiene systems from ArjoHuntleigh, the latest home being Abbey Meadow.

Director of Risedale Estates, Charles Dent, has been a valued customer of ArjoHuntleigh for many years, “When we first started out in the care home business, we analysed all equipment suppliers and found that ArjoHuntleigh were at the forefront of the industry with suitable patient handling equipment for our clients needs and at the right price”, commented Charles. Amongst the first bathing products purchased by Risedale Estates was the ArjoHuntleigh Autolift bathing aid. The management team at Risedale has a policy to update their equipment on a regular basis with the latest and most advanced patient handling products on the market. This program has now seen the Autolifts being replaced with the latest version of the ArjoHuntleigh Malibu bath.

The Malibu is a well established assisted bathing system which provides a safe and comfortable bathing experience, whilst enhancing the quality of life for not only the residents, but also the carers. The Malibu seat transfer unit eliminates the need for manual lifting; the whole procedure is carried out using the handset control. With the height-adjustable model, the bath can also be adjusted to an ergonomically correct working height.

Risedale is extremely pleased with the outcome of investing in equipment from ArjoHuntleigh. “Purchasing the Malibu bath has enabled us to reduce staff injuries and increase staff satisfaction and ease of work, which in turn increases staff retention. ArjoHuntleigh remains competitive, professional, supportive and informative, and in addition, the products represent excellent value for money” stated Charles.

He added, “Risedale Estates always strive to achieve the highest standards of care for our residents and continually put their welfare and that of our staff at the forefront of our thinking and the ArjoHuntleigh equipment allows this to be achieved. With our in-house staff training facilities, we reduce the sickness and absence from work and the use of ArjoHuntleigh equipment facilitates this greatly.”

Risedale Estates' commitment to looking after their employees was proven in April 2008, when they came sixth in the Nursing Times Top 100 Nursing Employers.

ArjoHuntleigh and Risedale Estates have been successfully working together for many years and have built up a good relationship. “ArjoHuntleigh fulfils our needs and if there is ever a problem they are quick to liaise with us to help rectify the situation” commented Charles.

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