AKW are the UK market leaders in showering, daily living and kitchen solutions for people with reduced mobility. Choice, competitive pricing, and first-class customer service make AKW the first choice for clients across the UK and abroad.
We work closely with Occupational Therapists and Healthcare professionals, to design and manufacture a full range of easy access showering, kitchens and mobility support products.
Our clients include the majority of local authorities, housing associations as well as national and regional contractors.
We are passionate about enabling people to stay in their own homes and retain their independence. Each of our products is rigorously tested, with fully inclusive design and made specifically for the end user. Together with world-class customer services we also offer a comprehensive Design/Surveying Service and After Sales Service.
Products & Services
Bathing Aids, Bedroom and Toileting Equipment, Dementia Friendly Products, Kitchen Equipment, Task Focus Lighting and Mobility Aids.
When it comes to housing and home adaptations, the way a home looks is just as important as how it functions. Living areas need to have a sense of style, communal areas need to be welcoming, sensitive to noise and easy to clean and kitchens and bathrooms need to conform to the highest standards of safety and hygiene.
Yet one product doesn’t fit all. Each room in a home has different needs and challenges. Altro have a range of complimentary floors and walls to meet the needs of different areas.
Altro’s range of products are available in contemporary and traditional colours, different textures and finishes – including wood – to provide everything you need to complete a new build or upgrade existing accommodation and facilities.
We can provide safety solutions for kitchens, bathrooms and circulation areas as well as ‘home from home’ look floors and walls for domestic living spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.
Altro provide a complete package of floors and walls that work together for a seamless, easy to clean and watertight solution that can handle the knocks and bumps of life and reduce maintenance and repair costs. All Altro floor and wall products comply with Approved Document B of the building regulations – Fire safety.
Archadia is a specialist, friendly and reliable RIBA chartered architectural and planning practice based in South West London with a team of ARB registered architects, RTPI planners, technologists and assistants delivering a personal and professional service.
We aim to be responsive, efficient and progressive with an emphasis on providing high quality buildings that meet our clients’ brief in terms of budget, building function and timescales. Our design ethos is to put the end user first to create a design specific to their needs. We do this by including the client every step of the way, working collaboratively to deliver their brief.
Established over 25 years ago, Archadia has extensive experience in housing, health and special needs, education and public buildings. Our expertise lies in supported housing for older people and people with disabilities. We pride ourselves in our work on large scale Disabled Facilities Grant house adaptations. Each Disabled Facilities Grant project is unique, designed to specifically to meet the client’s disabilities and needs. Working closely with the council and occupational therapists Archadia improve clients’ independence and the quality of their living environment.
We offer a full architectural service from inception to completion including concept design, planning application submission, building control submission, tender documentation, construction information, contract administration and project management.
We will guide you through the design and construction process ensuring you have our expert help at all stages. If you are looking to work on a disabled access project we would be delighted to help.
Visit their website at www.archadia.co.uk
BEST VALUE AND LIFETIME PEACE OF MIND
An innovative approach to facilitating a long-term solution to people’s need for care support has been launched by Closomat.
The Palma Life offering enables local authorities to achieve best value. It combines, in a one-off payment, supply and commissioning of a Closomat Palma Vita wash dry toilet, plus a total 10 years’ service & maintenance(1).
It means the cost of the equipment, and its lifetime(2) servicing and maintenance is addressed in one, single cost, often as part of a Disabled Facilities Grant. This eliminates all the associated issues with funding and co-ordinating of future service and maintenance, with all the associated liaison with client, and administrative time and paperwork. It gives clients peace of mind that their equipment is appropriately covered. It gives a full ‘fit and forget’ solution for dignified, independent toileting, reducing or even eliminating the need for care intervention- for less than £1/day(3).
Closomat’s Palma Vita is already the most popular wash dry toilet to be installed to enable clients to go to the toilet on their own, with dignity. It is proven to offer the best wash and dry performance available.
Visit www.closomat.co.uk (opens a new window) to find out more.
1 Palma Life package = £4415= purchase price of Palma Vita with standard free one year service & maintenance, plus a further nine years’ service & maintenance.
2 Lifetime= 10 years
Contour Showers have recently introduced the new Biomaster antibacterial protected, Falcon low level shower tray featuring 'Best In Class' DIN 51097:1992 Class 'C' anti-slip shower tray surface. This latest development demonstrates our ongoing commitment to quality, value and service.
As you may be aware, DIN 51097:1992 is the industry-recognised standard which tests slip resistance of flooring in barefoot conditions using a soapy water solution. There are 3 classifications, A, B & C, ‘A’ being the lowest classification and ‘C’ the highest. The Falcon shower tray with it’s new, easier to clean, anti-slip pattern is classed as a Quality Group ‘C’, the highest achievable classification available.
At only 40mm high, the Falcon easy access shower tray range is suitable for all floor types and being self-supporting due to its exceptionally strong construction, it is a popular choice for bathroom adaptations amongst specifiers and installers.
As a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of shower trays specifically designed for the elderly, less able and healthcare market, our easy access shower tray range exclusively incorporates Biomaster anti-bacterial product protection.
Biomaster is unique and effective, yet few people are aware of the additional hygiene benefits it can provide. It’s impossible to keep your shower tray clean at all times, but Contour Showers level and easy access shower trays with Biomaster protection interrupt and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria around the clock forming a built-in protection which is proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria by up to 99.99%.
Making everyday life easier
Handicare is a global market leader in offering solutions and support that increase the independence of the physically challenged or elderly. Our goal is to enable them to live an active life on their terms, and to make everyday life easier for them, their family and care providers.
We have been supplying lifting solutions worldwide for over 100 years. Handicare stairlifts are easy to use, safe and reliable. They are designed to suit a wide range of needs and homes, informed by feedback from people who use stairlifts every day, as well as healthcare professionals and our own experience of differing requirements.
Handicare’s UK division was established in 2010 following the acquisition of stairlift manufacturers, Minivator and Freelift. Since then, the UK operation has continued to build on firm foundations to become one of the leading providers of straight, curved and outdoor stairlifts in the UK.
We manufacture stairlifts and service all areas of the marketplace from our sites in the West Midlands and West Yorkshire. We continually improve our offer: locally through our network of high street retail partners including mobility dealers and shops; through local authorities, where we are acutely aware of the funding challenges; and as a national brand supplying direct to consumers. We also export our stairlifts to countries including the US, China and Australia.
We work with many local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland to provide and install straight, curved and outdoor stairlifts, including the associated building works as well as the recycling (removal, renovation and reinstallation) of all stairlifts as required.
Handicare 1100 straight stairlift
The straight stairlift with the slimmest rail on the market.
Handicare 1000 straight stairlift
The 1000 range is our most established straight stairlift and is suitable for users up to 200kg / 35st.
Handicare curved stairlifts
We use a unique 4DPhotosurvey system to ensure a perfect fit for all our curved stairlifts first time, every time.
Handicare outdoor stairlifts
We offer outdoor versions of two of our most tried and tested systems, the Handicare 1000 straight and the Handicare 2000 curved stairlifts.
Our quality marks and accreditations:
- All stairlifts comply with British and European standards
- British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) member
- Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) member
- TrustMark registered business
For further information, please visit www.handicare-stairlifts.co.uk or contact
NRS healthcare offers a unique, clinically led approach to the goods and services we supply; working with individuals in a holistic and practical way across the wide integrated Health and Social Care setting. Our deep understanding of people’s needs consequently means we provide a more successful, responsive and tailored service.
PROCare is a well-established specialist adapted bathroom supplier which focuses on the manufacture and distribution of stylish bathroom products for Home Improvement Agencies and their clients. We provide the best quality solutions to specifiers, contractors and end users and are able to provide innovative products with maximum usability, raising levels of customer service, and enhancing the lives of those we serve.
Our technical advisors and Occupational Therapists can offer expert help and guidance to ensure that you receive the product that best meets the requirements for your clients. With specialist knowledge and commitment to this industry it enables us to 'Deliver the Best Value' to our customers along with the latest products and ideas available.
NEW IDEAS: One of the major issues with bathroom adaptations is the need to have bathing facilities installed quickly. PROCare have a solution: the PROCare TRU Cubicle, which allows a showering and toilet facilities to be installed quickly in an existing bathroom, bedroom or living room.
Have a look at the TRU Cubicle at https://www.procare-ltd.com/tru-cubicles/
For further details and to arrange a CPD please call and speak to our technical Team 01942 206004 or
Safespaces, offer customised, living & sleeping environments for adults and children with complex needs, such as autism, epilepsy & challenging behaviours. Our attractive, safe rooms & soft high sided beds support increased safety, better sleep patterns, sensory processing & learning.
For use at home, in school, hospitals, respite & holidays. Families have described our products as "Life changing!”
Customised quality design & installation
- Full design service in consultation with families and professionals - customised solutions for complex needs
- Quality, attractive, strong, durable, easy clean products which last (15 years use documented).
- A highly effective alternative to room padding
- Rentals, cleaning, maintenance, repairs and house move service
- Eligible for Disabled Facilities Grant funding in most areas of the UK
- Products installed in under two hours across the UK and abroad
Professional customer service
- Members of BHTA, Trading Standards accredited. Fully trained, DBS checked Product Advisors and Technicians, affiliated with Healthcare & Assistive Technologies Society.
- Track record of excellent customer service, client feedback and after care
- Quick response time - capacity to respond to emergencies
- Work within framework agreements or individual contracts
Find out about the impact our products have on families' lives at:
If you would like to discuss options, please get in touch.
Call us on 01706 816274 or contact us by email at: email@example.com
Stannah is a family-owned business that has been manufacturing stairlifts in the UK since 1975 and has sold more than 600,000 globally.
We work in partnership with local authorities to meet their clients’ need for reliable, high quality and safe products, which enable them to continue living independently in their own homes.
We serve thousands of UK customers via our national infrastructure, which includes:
- Experienced local authority sales teams
- 2 factories
- 9 installation depots
- 11 service branches
- 340 skilled installation and servicing engineers
We manufacture stairlifts in full compliance with British and European standards, including EN 81-40. Our processes and procedures are independently certified to:
- ISO 9001:2015
- ISO 14001:2015
- OHSAS 18001
Our stairlift provision is comprehensive – we manage the full end-to-end process, ensuring a high quality and reliable provision across:
- Survey and quotation
- Preparatory works and installation
- After-sales care
- Removals and storage
- Product reconditioning
- Proactive contract management
We recognise the challenges that local authorities face and work collaboratively to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
Our long-established Stannah Stairlift Reuse Scheme enables local authorities to make measurable savings by reconditioning Stannah stairlifts. Reconditioning also enables the faster installation of Stannah stairlifts, without compromising on product functionality, usability or safety.
Local authorities can work with us via national purchasing frameworks, local frameworks, and direct supply contracts.
We would be pleased to discuss how we can meet your requirements. Call us on 01264 384 741 or visit www.stannahstairlifts.co.uk (opens a new window)
Stiltz Homelifts make a genuine difference to the independence of older or mobility-impaired individuals. Stiltz has very quickly become a key industry player and is collaborating with an increasing number of local authority and private occupational therapists and other clinicians to deliver a genuine in-home mobility alternative.
Thanks to sustained press, radio and TV campaigns, awareness of homelifts is increasing. This reflects the Stiltz objective to ‘democratise’ homelifts; to make them as acceptable as, for example, a wetroom is in the home.
Also like wetrooms, homelifts are a crossover product installed by both disabled and able-bodied clients. This ubiquity is very important to Stiltz. The company’s committed to helping people feel better about themselves and installing a product that doesn’t highlight their illness or disability is likely to contribute towards their overall mental well-being.
Two sizes of homelift are available; the compact 2-person Duo and the spacious 3-personTrio. The flagship Trio+ can accommodate a full-sized wheelchair. All homelifts benefit from a freestanding, space-saving design using 2 slim rails on which the lift car travels, making them very easy to site in the home. They plug into a domestic power socket so are economical to use and are available in 3 finish/specification levels. All lifts comply with EU safety standards.
How can Stiltz help you?
Stiltz Homelifts work in close partnership with local authorities, OTs and other healthcare professionals and specify the correct homelift for each individual client. There’s a published Stiltz CPD which presents the correct way to assess for client and property suitability and surveyors/consultants are available for site visits on live projects. All installations are completed by Stiltz installers and a regular programme of service and maintenance is available.
All Stiltz Homelifts are of course, priced very competitively.
What Stiltz customers say
In this video, customer Helena Stone explains how her Stiltz Duo Vista has helped with mobility around the home after her CRPS diagnosis.
In this video, Muscular Dystrophy sufferer Christopher Knowles talks about how Stiltz enabled him to continue living in his much-loved home.
Click on the images below to read about how these customers have benefited from Stiltz Lifts
Protecting property from the risk of water damage, Surestop is a unique and innovative Stopcock range, focused around protecting properties from the risk of water damage. With a simple flick of a switch, Surestop Stopcocks will completely STOP the water supply - without the use of batteries or electrics. Surestop is easier and quicker to install and use over traditional brass stopcocks and are available with a discreet and modern control. The switch can be located up to 6 meters away and be surface mounted.
Protection from accidental household flooding.
In recent months I have been receiving an increased number of referrals for bathing assessments for people with cognitive impairment in my caseload. Several of these referrals highlight the need to manage the risk of flooding whilst also maximising occupational performance. For clients with neurological diseases, Dementia or conditions that affect executive functioning, the person may not have the ability they previously had to determine safe water use at home.
Flooding always worries me as it has the potential to create a hazardous environment, leading to unsafe bathing and an increased risk of falls. The risk is further heightened by mobility issues and disorientation, unintentionally causing a slip on a wet floor or bathroom fixture. Flooding also has the potential to cause serious damage to the home, aside from the immediate loss of personal property to water damage, there is secondary damage to consider. Previous referrals to houses that have been flooded have shown me that mould is a huge problem after a flood, especially for people with respiratory illnesses. Although an area I have some experience with, this prompted me to use a bit of my CPD time to investigate any new developments, useful equipment, or clinical guidelines that I should be incorporating into my daily practice.
This led to my discovery of the Surestop stopcock, a device that can be installed easily and at a very low cost. Surestop offer a unique range of mechanical stopcocks, with no electrical components, enabling safe management of water use in the home. I was impressed to learn that with the simple flick of the switch, the Surestop stopcock instantly turns off the water to the bathroom, kitchen or whole property dependent upon the installation site. The Surestop stopcock can also be used for hot and cold-water pipes, making it ideal to also reduce the risk of scalds and burns. There seemed to be many advantages over traditional anti-scald devices, especially as I usually end up fitting one to each tap or showerhead. This discreet device can also be fitted with a remote switch and so does not compromise the overall look of a bathroom or kitchen, which is a big help as many of my clients are concerned about the appearance of modifications and equipment. The ability to turn the water off to a single device or a whole room enables other users in the household to access the facilities as normal when needed and can be used to increase safety for a client when around water unsupervised.
Having now arranged for several of these to be fitted I am confident they are a great success and will remain a staple part of my regular toolkit, especially when planning bathroom or kitchen adaptations for people with limited capacity or cognitive impairment.
Click on the image below to read about how these customers have benefited from the Surestop Stopcock