Friday, December 31, 2021

New bathtubs and a new design add to the comforts for residents of Prince Rupert's Acropolis Manor

Acropolis Manor care aide/activity
worker Kim Nelson with one of the
improvements for bath time
(photo from Northern Health)
Residents of Prince Rupert's Long Term Care Facility Acropolis Manor are enjoying their bath times a bit more these days and doing so in a safer environment. 

That after Northern Health put some funding from the Provincial Health Authority and medical supplier Arjo to work to redesign bathrooms to bring in some new equipment for the home of many of Prince Rupert's Seniors and Elders.

An update from Northern Health outlines the new features for the three new state of the art tubs that have been installed at the Manor. 

Those new features include:

Lifts to help residents get in and out of tubs more safely. 

Integrated disinfectant dispensing systems to clean and disinfect the tubs and lifts. 

Anti-scalding protection, including a digital temperature display and easy touch controls. 

Temperature- and pressure-regulated mixing valves. 

Automatic hot water shutoff when the temperature exceeds safe levels.

Emergency lowering in case of power outage. 

An increase in maximum weight capacity to 401 lbs.

The care aides at the facility also got into the redesign process,, that as Marcie Garinger, the facility manager hosted a design contest, with Kim Nelson's contribution the one that caught the most eyes.

Following guidelines from DementAbility, the new look features Lavender walls; which according to DementiAbility, make for a calming bathroom colour. 

Also part of the makeover, new wall decals, door, cabinet, wall mirror, and bathmat to make the room feel more like a regular bathroom.

Learn more about the new look at Acropolis Manor from this review from northern Health.

More notes on health care in the Northwest can be explored here.

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