How LWP Homes improved access with wire-free dorgard
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08 February 2016
The Leaders of Worship & Preachers Homes (LWPHomes) is a not-for-profit organisation. The group aims to give the best residential care for those in need to help them gain an independent living.
They have four homes, located in Minehead, Westcliff on Sea, Grange-over-Sands and Woodhall Spa. All offer an excellent quality of life in an environment of Christian family values.
Heavy fire doors took away freedom
Simon Lee, Operations Manager at LWPHomes found that the bedroom fire doors were causing issues as they were a struggle to deal with. “The main problem was that the fire doors were very heavy. A lot of our residents have poor mobility and are aided with walking sticks, frames and wheelchairs. The staff had to open the doors for them and take them back to their rooms which took away some of their freedom.”
LWPHomes looked for something that would help with access whilst ensuring safety in the event of a fire. “We have 25 bedrooms in each of the homes. We looked for a solution to keep residents’ bedroom doors open if they wish so they can go in and out of their room freely.”
A fire-safe solution with no cables or wires
The homes were already using wired in door closers in the kitchen areas. But, Simon looked for a different option. “We wanted a more cost-effective solution so we chose wire-free. With a wired in product we would have had to have a new fire alarm system put in. This would have meant a lot of upheaval and redecorating and the cost would have been much more expensive. It would also be extremely disruptive for staff and for the residents.
Simon contacted Fireco and found Dorgard offered the best option for the homes, “Dorgard is an easy and cost-effective solution which also keeps our residents safe.”
After installing Dorgards to all of the doors across the four homes, the advantages for the residents was seen immediately. “The benefits have been immeasurable. They can come out of their rooms without fear of the doors closing on them. It has increased their independence and we no longer have to tell them to keep their doors closed. It’s been really good for them as they can come and go as they please.”
Simon went on to say how it has further benefitted the staff “It has cut down on the staff’s workload of walking residents to their rooms and opening the doors. They can now spend more time on the more important issues and providing the care needed."
Professional and efficient service from Fireco
“We are very impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the engineers that installed them. It took only half a day in each home to fit the Dorgards. They checked them before they left and there were no disruptions. We’ve had no problems since they were installed and they all work perfectly.”
Simon continued “I highly recommend Fireco and the product Dorgard. The professionalism of the company is second to none.”
For more information, visit www.fireco.uk
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