ThermaSkirt warms up new extra-care housing flats

ThermaSkirt warms up new extra-care housing flats

ThermaSkirt have been chosen to warm up 32 new build extra-care apartments for the elderly with dementia.

Midlothian Council have invested in 32 new extra-care housing flats at Eastfield Drive, Penicuik. Cowan Court provides an intensive 24/7 care and support service to older people, in their own tenancy, who previously would have been admitted to other residential homes.

The whole site includes a peripheral housing development of 22 units offering mixed general needs housing for rent and a new 4-bed residential provision for younger teenagers who have to be taken into care. It has the capacity to meet the needs of a range of older people with varying health and care needs.

With residents coping with various stages of dementia, it was essential that the flats could be built as near to a home in terms of comfort and furnishings, but could cope with the effects of the disease as it progressed with minimal disturbance and disruption to avoid unnecessary client distress.

ThermaSkirt combines the all-around gentle comfort of an UFH system, with the rapid controllability of conventional radiators – all in a familiar skirting board profile. This means that the clients are never too cold or more importantly too hot as is often the case with UFH in small spaces, and also have complete freedom to place furniture and appliances wherever they want. Being ‘above ground’ changing from carpets to vinyl flooring when required is simple with no implications for the performance of the heating system.

In addition, with no bulky covers or hard edges, wheelchair manoeuvrability is increased and trip and impact hazards completely eliminated. Furthermore, being a sealed-to-the-wall unit, it’s a simple wipe down if there are any ‘accidents’ or spillages by the clients, and redecorating is straight forward with no radiators to drain and move.

With simple to use controls at eye-line, and a low surface temperature the clients comfort and safety is assured.

ThermaSkirt is available in a range of profiles and colours, and the ‘EasyClean LST version is especially adapted with a highly secure and wipe down top seal, making it especially suited for Healthcare and Mental health units.

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