Mobility Conversions

Here at Kingstown plumbing we are contracted to work for the Hull City council to help people with disabilities. A range of alterations can be provided such as:-

Bathroom alterations.

Showering is considered to be easier and safer than bathing for elderly and disabled individuals as it requires less effort to step in and out of the facility and presents a lower risk of slipping and falling.

To further encourage safe bathing, some manufacturers have started producing walk-in tubs and showers with swinging doors which facilitate easier entrance and exit.

Institutional showering in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities was replaced for several years by whirlpool tubs. From the mid-1980s until the late-1990s, these tubs were how residents were mostly cleaned. For several reasons, whirlpool use has been greatly reduced in favor of showering instead. Some of the reasons that whirlpool bathing has declined are:

  • Time constraints: to fill a whirlpool with the 60+ gallons needed to bathe takes about 19 to 20 minutes (depending on water pressure and size of the water pipes of 1/2 or 3/4 inch). Once the whirlpool is filled, it takes 12 to 15 minutes to bathe, and 12 to 15 minutes to disinfect the tub for the next resident to go in. Due to these time-consuming efforts, the use of whirlpools in these facilities has been largely abandoned.
  • Cross contamination: most of today's institutional residents are bladder and/or bowel incontinent.[citation needed] Whirlpool tubs, by design, take the water that the resident has used into a hydraulic pump, which is then forced out of a series of jets. This very feature that imitates a spa-like experience, becomes a source of cross-contamination for incontinent residents and care-givers alike.
  • Disinfection: Disinfecting between bathing incontinent residents becomes an even bigger task because of all the internal plumbing. Concern arises as to whether the disinfection process has removed all of the matter that was sucked into the pump and out of the jets. This is impossible to verify without dismantling the tub or testing water samples.

Access alterations.

The disability rights movement advocates equal access to social, political, and economic life which includes not only physical access but access to the same tools, services, organizations and facilities which we all pay for.

From the 1st October 2004, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requires service providers to make 'reasonable adjustments' to their premises to tackle any physical features that prevent disabled people from using their services.

What is reasonable will vary in different situations. It may depend on the type of service being provided and the size and resources of the service provider. It can be as simple as using contrasting colours to help visually impaired people distinguish walls from doors, lowering a counter to make it more accessible to a wheelchair user or providing better lighting and clearer signs.