Non-slip flooring promotes safety on 30-bed dementia-friendly facility
Polysafe safety flooring from was recently installed throughout Ward 29, a £2.5m new dementia-friendly facility developed at Manor Hospital in Walsall, West Midlands.
Stockport-based construction and engineering company, MTX Contracts, was asked to design, manufacture and construct Ward 29, a 1491sq m modular construction made up of 31 modules, which were built and fitted out off site before being lifted into position at the hospital by a 350-tonne crane.
Installed by John Abbott Flooring of Oldham, Polyflor flooring was used throughout Manor Hospital’s new 30-bed dementia-friendly facility, which features a reception area, consulting rooms, patient sitting room, six single-bed rooms and six four-bed rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Polysafe Wood fx PUR, Hydro and Vogue Ultra PUR safety flooring was used throughout the ward to help keep patients, staff and visitors safe and reduce the risk of slips and falls. All Polysafe flooring ranges feature safety particles for increased traction underfoot, providing sustainable wet slip resistance throughout the guaranteed lifetime of the product.
Steven Hartley, associate director at MTX Contracts, said: “Polyflor’s safety flooring is the ideal combination of high design and high performance. This has allowed us to create a safe healthcare facility for Manor Hospital that is less clinical and more welcoming, creating a more-positive environment for patients and staff alike.”
The interior of Ward 29 was designed with the needs of patients living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia in mind, with patient areas colour co-ordinated to aid orientation.
As a UK manufacturer of flooring that is suitable for dementia care facilities, Polyflor has recently become a member of the Dementia Action Alliance, which is are committed to transforming the lives of the 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Polyflor is also a partner of the International Dementia Design Network at the University of Salford and Polyflor staff recently attended an informative Dementia Friends session.
Polysafe Wood fx PUR safety flooring in the popular Classic Oak 3107 shade was used throughout the ward’s bedrooms, reception area and corridors. The Wood fx collection features 10 authentic-looking wood-effect designs which are enhanced by the exclusive Polysafe PUR polyurethane reinforcement for superior cleaning benefits.
Polysafe Hydro and Polysafe Vogue Ultra PUR vinyl safety flooring in the Oystershell shades were chosen for the en-suite bathrooms. Polysafe Hydro features a pimple emboss for use in barefoot and continually-wet areas while Polysafe Vogue Ultra is a robust safety floor with a multi-chip design used in typical areas of spillage. Safety flooring samples for any Polysafe range can be ordered free of charge on the Polyflor website.
Polyflor’s flooring contains recycled material and is 100% recyclable via the Recofloor scheme. The sustainability credentials of Polyflor’s flooring are supported with the award of BES 6001 for responsible sourcing. In addition, the Wood fx, Hydro and Vogue ranges are individually certified with BRE Global A+ ratings within health care environments which can help contribute to BREEAM credits.