AKW-MEDICARE

LIBERTY HOUSE
POINTON WAY
HAMPTON LOVETT
DROITWICH SPA
Worcestershire WR9 0LR

Tel: 01905 823298
Fax: 01905 823297

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Suppliers of: bathrooms for the disabled disabled shower enclosures care home showers bathrooms for the disabled shower enclosures for elderly disabled access shower trays easy access bathrooms level access showering easy access showering disabled access showers grab

AKW are leading suppliers of high quality showering, daily living and kitchen solutions to the elderly and less able.

With over 35 years experience in the accessibility market we design and manufacture products specifically for the end user. We do not adapt existing products to suit our client’s needs.

AKW supply solutions to the majority of local authorities, housing associations and contractors within the UK through a highly experienced national sales team. Our national sales team and trained surveyors are dedicated to providing detailed product knowledge and advice on which products would best suit the user’s requirements.

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Bathroom Products

Our full range of sanitary ware and bathroom accessories gives you a complete bathroom solution, whatever your need. Our bathroom products are optimally designed for maximum comfort; conforming to national standards for guaranteed quality and specially developed, although not exclusively, for users with reduced mobility.

Commercial Products

Our commercial sanitaryware range is designed for the individual wants and needs of our customers:

  • Specially developed for users with reduced mobility
  • Conforms to national standards for guaranteed quality
  • Strong and reliable with safety features
  • Lifetime warranty for your total peace of mind

Showering Products

Showering is an important part of life. That’s why we’ve carefully chosen a range of care showering products to give you safe and comfortable showering experience, whatever your space or need.

AKW also offer several easy access shower tray designs, electric showersshower screens, shower seats, wastes, pumps and accessories.

Wet Rooms

With a wide choice and contemporary designs, AKW is here to help you create a domestic Wet Room with plenty of style, along with high levels of accessibility and functionality.

Adapted Kitchens

The AKW Kitchen range offers the exciting combination of intelligence, style and function. Inspired by leading Occupational Therapists and created using our 15 years of design experience the range from AKW goes above and beyond standard design concepts for disabled kitchens.

Mobility Support

Carefully designed around you, all our Mobility Support products are designed to help you make the most of your home, whatever your needs. Products include Free Standing Shower Seats, Grab Rails, Ramps and Toilet Plinths.

Brassware

Our attractive new brassware range isn’t just designed for ease of use and installation – it’s designed for a lifetime of satisfaction. That’s why it comes with a lifetime guarantee, giving you timeless style and total peace of mind.

Further technical information, including Brochure Downloads and Product Videos are avialable on the BPi Download Library and on the AKW Website.

ACCESS RAMPS Disabled Access Ramps .See Also MOBILITY RAMPS:
ACCESSIBILITY PRODUCTS DDA Compliant EQUALITY ACT DOC M .
ADHESIVES FOR DIFFERENT PRODUCTS Ceramic Tile .
ADHESIVES FOR DIFFERENT PRODUCTS Ceramic Tile Non-Slip
ADHESIVES FOR DIFFERENT PRODUCTS Ceramic Tile Slip Resistant/Anti-Slip/Low Slip
ALARM SYSTEMS Emergency Assist Alarm Systems .
ALARMS . .
ALARMS Audio/Visual .
ALARMS Disabled Toilet .
ALARMS Electronic .
ALARMS Visual Alarm Devices VAD
BASINS Cloakroom .
BASINS Concave Fronted Wheelchairs Walking Frames Stools
BASINS DDA EQUALITY ACT DOC M BS 8300 .
BASINS For the Elderly and Disabled .
BASINS Hand Rinse Finger Rinse
BASINS Space Saving .
BASINS Vitreous China .
BASINS Wallmounted .
BATH Boards .
BATH SCREENS Shower Guard .
BATH SEATS Adjustable Height .
BATHROOM ACCESSORIES Special Needs .
BATHROOM EQUIPMENT FOR THE DISABLED .See Also BATHROOM FITTINGS AND EQUIPMENT: Inclusive
BATHROOM FITTINGS AND EQUIPMENT Inclusive Adjustable Tracked Systems
BATHROOM FITTINGS AND EQUIPMENT Inclusive Commercial
BATHROOM FITTINGS AND EQUIPMENT Inclusive Domestic
BATHROOM FITTINGS AND EQUIPMENT Inclusive For the Elderly and Disabled
BATHROOM FITTINGS AND EQUIPMENT Inclusive Visual Impairment and Sight Loss Applications
BATHROOM FLOOR DRAINS .See Also SHOWER DRAINS: .
BATHROOM FURNITURE: FITTED Base Units / Cabinets .
BATHROOM FURNITURE: FITTED Basin Units / Cabinets Underbasin
BATHROOM FURNITURE: FITTED Toilet Units .
BATHROOM FURNITURE: FITTED Vanity Chests .
BATHROOM FURNITURE: FITTED WC Base Units .
BATHROOM FURNITURE: FREESTANDING Vanity Furniture Stands .
BATHROOM LIGHTS IP 65 .
BATHROOM PACKS DDA EQUALITY ACT DOC M Part M .
BATHROOMS Care Assisted .
BATHROOMS Dementia Friendly .
BATHROOMS For the Disabled Accessible Adapted Living Solutions/Mobility Needs
BATHROOMS For the Disabled DDA EQUALITY ACT DOC M Part M Mobility Needs
BATHROOMS Residential Care Homes .
BATHROOMS Social Housing .
BATHS STEEL ENAMEL Handgrips Incorporated .
BATHS STEEL ENAMEL Slip Resistant Finish .
BODY DRYERS Care Homes Warm Air Electric Dryers
BODY DRYERS Domestic Warm Air Electric Dryers
CISTERNS Flushing: .
CISTERNS Flushing: BS EN 997
CISTERNS Flushing: Disabled/Elderly Use
CISTERNS Flushing: Lavatory Toilet W.C.
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Bathroom .
CLOAKROOM ACCESSORIES Dispensers .
DISABLED Adaptations .
DISABLED Equipment .
DISABLED Equipment DDA EQUALITY ACT DOC M Part M
DISABLED Toilet Facilities .
DOOR Threshold Ramps .
DOOR Threshold Ramps Wheelchair Access
EXTRACTOR FANS Bathroom .
FANS Exhaust .See Also EXTRACTOR FANS:
FLOOR DRAINS Bathroom / Wetroom See Also SHOWER DRAINS
FLOOR TILES Ceramic Mosaic
FLOOR TILES Mosaic .
FLOORING Anti-Slip/Low Slip .See Also FLOORING: Slip Resistant
FLOORING Safety Flooring .See Also FLOORING: Slip Resistant
FLOORING Slip Resistant .
FLOORING Slip Resistant Sparkle Free Dementia & Mental Health Applications
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet BS EN 13845
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet Decorative
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet DIN 51097 Class B
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet DIN 51130
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet DIN 51130 R13 Slip Rating
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet EN ISO 10582
FLOORING Slip Resistant Vinyl Sheet Sparkle Free/Non-Sparkle Dementia Apps
FLOORING Slip Resistant Wet Areas DIN 51097 Class B
FLOORING Vinyl Sheet: BS EN 13553
FLOORING Vinyl Sheet: Safety Flooring Decorative
GRAB RAIL Accessories .
GRAB RAILS Adjustable Tracked System .
GRAB RAILS Bathroom .
GRAB RAILS BS EN 12182 .
GRAB RAILS DDA Compliant EQUALITY ACT DOC M .
GRAB RAILS Floor to Ceiling .
GRAB RAILS Folding .
GRAB RAILS Folding Fold Down
GRAB RAILS Folding Fold Up
GRAB RAILS Hinged .
GRAB RAILS Hinged Arm Support
GRAB RAILS Hospital .
GRAB RAILS Lift-Up .
GRAB RAILS Newel Post Fitting .
GRAB RAILS Plastic .
GRAB RAILS Shower Integrated Shower Curtain Rail
GRAB RAILS Shower Support Rails
GRAB RAILS Stainless Steel Powder Coated
GRAB RAILS Steel Plastic Coated
GRAB RAILS Steel Polyethylene Coated
GRAB RAILS Steel Powder Coated
GRAB RAILS W.C. .
HAND DRYERS AUTOMATIC .
HAND DRYERS AUTOMATIC Infrared Sensor Controlled Hands-Free Touch-Free .
HANDRAILS DDA Compliant EQUALITY ACT-Approved Doc M- BS8300-Building Regs Part M Compliant
HANDRAILS For the Elderly and Disabled .
HANDRAILS For the Elderly and Disabled DDA EQUALITY ACT DOC M
HANDRAILS Warm to Touch DDA Compliant EQUALITY ACT DOC M Part M
IN LINE MIXING VALVES Thermostatic NHS Model Engineering Specification D08
IN LINE MIXING VALVES Thermostatic TMV2 Scheme Approved
IN LINE MIXING VALVES Thermostatic TMV3 Scheme Approved
IN LINE MIXING VALVES Thermostatic WRAS Approved
KITCHEN Design Special Needs
KITCHEN APPLIANCES Braille Controls .
KITCHEN APPLIANCES Disabled Use .
KITCHEN APPLIANCES Disabled Use Accessories .
KITCHEN APPLIANCES Special Needs .
KITCHEN BASE UNITS Adjustable Height .
KITCHEN UNITS . .
KITCHEN UNITS Accessible / Wheelchair Access .
KITCHEN UNITS Adjustable Height Rise and Fall
KITCHEN UNITS Adjustable Height Electric Operation .
KITCHEN UNITS Saponetta .
KITCHEN UNITS Sheltered Housing .
KITCHEN UNITS Sink Units Adjustable Height
KITCHEN UNITS Sink Units Adjustable Height Electric Operation
KITCHEN UNITS Social Housing .
KITCHEN UNITS Special Needs .
KITCHEN UNITS Variable Height .
KITCHEN UNITS Variable Height Electric Operated .
KITCHENS Compact Complete Disabled Use
KITCHENS Disabled Use .
KITCHENS Disabled Use Accessible Adapted Living Solutions/Mobility Needs
KITCHENS Disabled Use Adjustable Height
MIRRORS Bathroom .
MOBILITY RAMPS Disabled Access Ramps .
MOBILITY RAMPS Lightweight Portable
MOBILITY RAMPS Wheelchair Ramps .
MOBILITY RAMPS Wheelchair Ramps Handrail Combined
MOBILITY RAMPS Wheelchair Ramps Portable
PAPER TOWEL DISPENSERS . .
PAPER TOWEL DISPENSERS Coloured Polyamide .
PLYWOOD FSC Certified .
SANITARY FITTINGS DDA EQUALITY ACT DOC M PACKS Part M .
SANITARY FITTINGS DDA EQUALITY ACT DOC M Part M .
SHOWER ACCESSORIES Shower Sets .
SHOWER BODY DRYERS Warm Air Electric Dryers .
SHOWER CHAIRS . .
SHOWER CHAIRS Mobile Wheeled
SHOWER CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS Shower Flooring .
SHOWER CONTROLS Anti-Glare Finish Dementia Friendly .
SHOWER CONTROLS BEAB Care Rated .
SHOWER CONTROLS Inclusive for the Elderly and Disabled .
SHOWER CONTROLS Inclusive for the Visually Impaired RNIB Tried and Tested Certified
SHOWER CONTROLS Push Button Operated .
SHOWER CONTROLS Remote Control .
SHOWER CONTROLS Remote Control Smart Device Controls
SHOWER CONTROLS Remote Control Wireless Radio Controller
SHOWER CONTROLS Single Lever Operated .
SHOWER CONTROLS Thermostatic .
SHOWER CONTROLS TMV3 Scheme Certification .
SHOWER CONTROLS Wireless Connection to Shower Waste Pump .
SHOWER CONTROLS WRAS Approved .
SHOWER CUBICLES Combined Toilet .
SHOWER CUBICLES Domestic .
SHOWER CUBICLES Inclusive for the Elderly and Disabled .
SHOWER CUBICLES Shower Pods Fully Fitted Standalone Enclosures
SHOWER CUBICLES Standalone .
SHOWER CUBICLES Wheelchair .
SHOWER CURTAIN RAILS Aluminium White Finish .
SHOWER CURTAIN RAILS Body Support Rails Incorporated Grab Rails Incorporated
SHOWER CURTAIN RAILS L-Shaped .
SHOWER CURTAIN RAILS Straight .
SHOWER CURTAIN RAILS U-Shaped .
SHOWER CURTAIN RAILS Window Spanning Kits Window Bridging
SHOWER CURTAINS Dementia Friendly .
SHOWER DOORS Bi-Fold Doors .
SHOWER DOORS Bi-Parting Saloon Type .
SHOWER DOORS Folding .
SHOWER DOORS Half Height .
SHOWER DOORS Inclusive for the Elderly and Disabled .
SHOWER DOORS Level Access .
SHOWER DOORS Level Access Stable Doors
SHOWER DOORS Level Access Wetroom Installations
SHOWER DOORS Sliding .
SHOWER DOORS Split Glass Doors Stable Door Type
SHOWER DRAINS Extra Low Profile .
SHOWER DRAINS Floor Level Showers .
SHOWER DRAINS Level Access .
SHOWER DRAINS Pumped Systems .
SHOWER DRAINS Wetroom Applications .
SHOWER DRAINS Wheelchair Access .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES . .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Bath Replacement .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Compact Unit .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Corner Entry .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Freestanding .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Half Height Doors .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Inclusive for the Elderly and Disabled .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Inset .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Integral Ramp .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Level Access Floor Level Showers
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Quadrant Shape .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Quadrant Shape Sliding Doors .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Self-Contained Cubicle .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Sliding Door .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Sliding Door Magnetic Closures
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Sliding Door Single Door
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Split Glass Doors .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Stable Door .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Wall Panel Systems .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Warm Air Body Dryers .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES WC Combined .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Wetroom .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Wetroom Frameless Glass Panels .
SHOWER ENCLOSURES Wheelchair Access .
SHOWER FITTINGS Doc M Packs DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M .
SHOWER FITTINGS Inclusive for the Elderly and Disabled .
SHOWER FITTINGS Special Needs .
SHOWER FLOOR FORMERS Wet Floor Formers .
SHOWER FLOORING Floor Level Shower Bases .
SHOWER FLOORING Preformed Formers .
SHOWER PANELS Wall Panels .
SHOWER PODS Fully Fitted Standalone Shower Enclosures .
SHOWER PODS Fully Fitted Standalone Shower Enclosures Accessible Adapted Living Solutions/Mobility Needs
SHOWER PUMPS . .
SHOWER PUMPS Drainage .
SHOWER PUMPS Level Access Waste Pumps .
SHOWER PUMPS Wastewater .
SHOWER PUMPS Wetroom .
SHOWER RAMP KITS
SHOWER ROOM PACKS Doc M EQUALITY ACT DDA Part M .
SHOWER SCREENS Bi-Parting Saloon Type .
SHOWER SCREENS Carer Assisted Protects Carer
SHOWER SCREENS Frameless .
SHOWER SCREENS Glass Freestanding
SHOWER SCREENS Glass Panels
SHOWER SCREENS Half Height .
SHOWER SCREENS Level Floor .
SHOWER SCREENS Mobility Applications .
SHOWER SCREENS Overbath .See Also BATH SCREENS:
SHOWER SCREENS PET Plastic Dementia Friendly
SHOWER SCREENS Portable .
SHOWER SCREENS Purpose Made .
SHOWER SCREENS Purpose Made Made-to-Measure Sizes
SHOWER SCREENS Retrofit Retro-Fit Retro Fit .
SHOWER SCREENS Sliding .
SHOWER SCREENS Split Glass Doors .
SHOWER SCREENS Wetroom .
SHOWER SEATS Adjustable .
SHOWER SEATS Arm Rest Combined .
SHOWER SEATS BS EN 12182:1999 CE Marked
SHOWER SEATS BS EN 12727:2000 .
SHOWER SEATS Dementia Friendly .
SHOWER SEATS Extra Wide Bariatric Applications .
SHOWER SEATS Folding .
SHOWER SEATS Grab Rail Combined .
SHOWER SEATS Heavy Duty .
SHOWER SEATS Lift Up .
SHOWER SEATS Padded .
SHOWER SEATS Portable Freestanding Shower Stools
SHOWER SEATS Portable Freestanding Shower Stools BS EN 15373:2007
SHOWER SEATS Portable Wall Hanging
SHOWER SEATS Portable Wall Hanging Grab Rail Hung
SHOWER SEATS Portable Wooden Slatted Shower Stools BS EN 15373:2007
SHOWER SEATS Wall Mounted .
SHOWER SEATS Wall Mounted Removable
SHOWER SEATS Wooden Slatted Folding
SHOWER SPRAY HEADS Handsets .See Also SHOWER HANDSETS:
SHOWER TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined .
SHOWER TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined Accessible Height Adjustable
SHOWER TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined Automatic Self Cleaning
SHOWER TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined Automatic Touch-Free Operation
SHOWER TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined Integral Bidet Combined Bidet
SHOWER TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined Odour Extractor Combined
SHOWER TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined Remote Control
SHOWER TRAYS . .
SHOWER TRAYS Alcove .
SHOWER TRAYS Anti-Leak Upstand .
SHOWER TRAYS Bath Replacement Area .
SHOWER TRAYS Corner .
SHOWER TRAYS Corner Access .
SHOWER TRAYS Easy Access .
SHOWER TRAYS GRP Cut to Length .
SHOWER TRAYS GRP Reinforced .
SHOWER TRAYS Inset .
SHOWER TRAYS Integral Pipe Ducts .
SHOWER TRAYS Large Size .
SHOWER TRAYS Level Access .
SHOWER TRAYS Level Access Surfaces See Also SHOWER FLOORING: Floor Level Shower Bases
SHOWER TRAYS Low Level .
SHOWER TRAYS Pipe Duct Kits .
SHOWER TRAYS Pumped Waste .
SHOWER TRAYS Ramp Incorporated .
SHOWER TRAYS Rectangular .
SHOWER TRAYS Removable Ramp Incorporated .
SHOWER TRAYS Removable Ramp Incorporated Wheelchair Access
SHOWER TRAYS Stainless Steel .
SHOWER TRAYS Stainless Steel Inclusive for Elderly and Disabled Access
SHOWER TRAYS Stainless Steel Level Access Floor Level Accessible
SHOWER TRAYS Stepped Entry .
SHOWER TRAYS Tiling Upstands Incorporated Lip .
SHOWER TRAYS Upstands .
SHOWER TRAYS Watertight .
SHOWER TRAYS Wetroom .
SHOWER TRAYS Wheelchair .
SHOWER UNDERLAYS Floor Level Showers Level Access Showers
SHOWER WASTE PUMPS
SHOWER WASTE PUMPS Flow Sensing .
SHOWER WASTE PUMPS Screeded Floor Applications .
SHOWER WASTE PUMPS Shower Drainage .
SHOWER WASTE PUMPS Silent Operation .
SHOWER WASTES .
SHOWER WASTES Dry Wastes .
SHOWER WASTES Pumped Wastes .
SHOWER WASTES Removable Top Access .
SHOWER WASTES Shallow Depth .
SHOWER WASTES Wetroom .
SHOWERS Electric .
SHOWERS Electric Audio and Illuminated Indicators
SHOWERS Electric Automatic Cut Out
SHOWERS Electric BEAB Approved
SHOWERS Electric BEAB CARE Mark Certified
SHOWERS Electric BEAB EMC Verified Mark
SHOWERS Electric DDA Compliant EQUALITY ACT DOC M Part M
SHOWERS Electric Dementia Friendly
SHOWERS Electric Grab Rail Incorporated
SHOWERS Electric Inclusive Showering for the Elderly and Disabled
SHOWERS Electric KIWA Approved
SHOWERS Electric Phased Shut Down
SHOWERS Electric RNIB Tried and Tested Certified
SHOWERS Electric Shower Head Remote Control Incorporated
SHOWERS Electric Soap Dish Incorporated
SHOWERS Electric Tactile Controls
SHOWERS Electric Temperature Safety Device
SHOWERS Electric Thermostatic
SHOWERS Electric WRAS Approved
SHOWERS Healthcare Applications .
SHOWERS Inclusive Showering for the Elderly and Disabled .
SHOWERS Inclusive Showering for Visually Impaired / Sight Loss Applications
SHOWERS Wet Floor Installations / Wetroom Installations .
SOAP DISPENSERS . .
TAPS Basin: .
TAPS Basin: Crosshead
TAPS Basin: For Elderly and Disabled Use
TAPS Basin: Lever Operated
TAPS Basin: Mixer
TAPS Basin: Mixer Single Lever
TAPS Basin: Mixer Spray Nozzle
TAPS Basin: Mixer Thermostatic
TAPS Basin: Mixer TMV3 Approved
TAPS Basin: Monobloc
TAPS Basin: Spray Nozzle
TAPS Basin: Thermostatic
TAPS Basin: Thermostatic TMV3 Approved
TAPS Bath: .
TAPS Bath: Crosshead
TAPS Bath: Lever Operated
TAPS Bath: Mixer Plus Shower
TAPS Bath: Mixer Plus Shower Thermostatic
TAPS Bath: Rim Mounted
TAPS Kitchen Sink For Elderly and Disabled Use
TAPS Thermostatic .
TAPS Thermostatic Mixer
TAPS Thermostatic Mixer Single Lever
TAPS WRAS Approved .
THRESHOLD Ramps Wheelchair
TILE BACKER BOARDS Shower / Wetroom / Wet Area Tiling .See Also SHOWER CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS:
TILE GROUTS Anti-Fungal .
TILE GROUTS Antibacterial Antimicrobial .
TILE GROUTS Ceramic Tile .
TIMBER CLS (Canadian Lumber Standard) .
TOILET Packs Complete Doc M DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M
TOILET Pan Raising Plinths
TOILET Pans .
TOILET Pans Long Projection
TOILET Suites Doc M DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M
TOILET SEATS .
TOILET SEATS Bidet Function Incorporated Wash and Dry / Self-Cleaning
TOILET SEATS Doc M Replacement DDA EQUALITY ACT .
TOILET SEATS For Elderly and Disabled Use .
TOILET SEATS Soft Close Slow Closing
TOILET SEATS Special Needs .
TOILET SEATS Top Fixing .
TOILETS BS EN 997:2003 .
TOILETS Disabled Use .
TOILETS Raised Height Doc M DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M
TOILETS Space Saving .
TOILETS Wall Hung .
TOILETS Warm Water Wash and Dryer Combined .See Also SHOWER TOILETS:
TOILETS Wheelchair Transfer .
TOWEL RADIATORS . .See Also TOWEL RAILS: Heated Towel Warmers
TOWEL RADIATORS Heated Towel Radiators (CH Heat Sources) .
TOWEL RAILS Heated Towel Warmers (Electric Heat Sources) .
TOWEL RAILS Heated Towel Warmers (Electric Heat Sources) EcoDesign Lot20 Compliant
TOWEL RAILS Heated Towel Warmers (Electric Heat Sources) IP66
TOWEL RAILS Heated Towel Warmers (Electric Heat Sources) LST Low Surface Temperature
TOWEL RAILS Heated Towel Warmers (Electric Heat Sources) Multirail Ladder
UNDERFLOOR HEATING Electric Systems .
UNDERFLOOR HEATING Electric Systems Cable Mats
UNDERTILE Heating .
VANITY UNITS Wood Effect Finish .
W.C. Fittings for the Disabled DOC M DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M
W.C. Fittings for the Disabled Visual Impairment and Sight Loss Applications
W.C. Packs Doc M DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M
W.C. Pans .
W.C. Raising Plinth .
W.C. Wheelchair Compartment Fittings Doc M DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas .
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Bathside Walls
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Concrete Effect
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Marble Effect
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Shower Corner Kits
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Slate Effect
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Stone Effect
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Walk-In Showers
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Waterproof Hygienic Decorative Panels
WALL PANELS INTERNAL Bathrooms and Wet Areas Waterproof Panelling
WALL TILES Ceramic .
WALL TILES Ceramic Bumpy Surface Glare Reducing
WALL TILES Ceramic Dementia Friendly
WALL TILES Ceramic For the Visually Impaired
WALL TILES Ceramic Mosaic
WALL TILES Ceramic Natural Stone Appearance
WARM AIR DRYERS Hand Dryers .
WASHROOM ACCESSORIES Hand Dryers .See Also HAND DRYERS AUTOMATIC:
WASHROOM FITTINGS Accessibility Products .
WASHROOM FITTINGS For the Disabled .
WASHROOM FITTINGS Packs Complete DOC M DDA EQUALITY ACT Part M
WASHROOM FITTINGS Packs Complete Less Abled
WASTES Shower .
WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS Bathrooms/Wetrooms .
WETROOM ACCESSORIES .
WETROOM DRAINAGE Floor Drains .
WETROOM FLOORING Shower Floor Formers / Wet Floor Formers .
WETROOM SHOWER SCREENS .See Also SHOWER SCREENS: .
WETROOM SHOWERS .
WETROOM THRESHOLD KITS Shower Floor Water Barriers .
WETROOM WATERPROOFING Tanking Systems .
WHEELCHAIR RAMPS See Also MOBILITY RAMPS: .
1000 SERIES Grab Rails
1000 SERIES Shower Seats
1200 SERIES Grab Rails
1400 SERIES Grab Rails
1600 SERIES Grab Rails
1700 SERIES Grab Rails
1800 SERIES Grab Rails
1900 SERIES Grab Rails
2000 SERIES Shower Seats
3000 SERIES Shower Seats
4000 SERIES Shower Seats
5000 SERIES Shower Seats
ABBEY Bath Board/Seat
ACTIVMOTION Kitchen Units
AKW BIDET Toilet Seat with Bidet Functions
AKW DIGIPUMP Shower Waste Pumps
APRES Warm Air Body Dryers
AQUADUCT 1800 Shower Tray
ARCHIMEDES 4 Waste Water Pump
ARKA Shower Controls
ARKA COOL TOUCH Mixer Showers
BAMA Shower Seats
BARIATRIC Shower Accessories
BLACK LEVEL BEST Shower Screens
BOND IT Ceramic Wall Tile Adhesives
BOND IT STERI-GROUT Ceramic Tile Grout
BOND-IT Contact Adhesives
BOND-IT Floor Levelling Compounds
BRADDAN Shower Enclosures
BRADDAN Shower Trays
COMPACT Shower Tray
COMPACT Sanitaryware
COMPACT Sanitaryware
CREMA DORSIA Ceramic Wall Tiles
CUT-TO-LENGTH Shower Tray
DALBY Shower Enclosures
DECKSTER Shower Trays
DENOVA Taps
DIGIPUMP SMARTCARE Shower Waste Pumps
DOUGLAS Shower Tray
DRIFTWOOD Bathroom Fitted Furniture
EASY FLO Shower Tray
EASY GRIP Thermostatic Radiator Valves
ERGONOMIC Sanitaryware
ERIN Shower Tray
FORMSAFE Shower/Wetroom Tanking Systems
FREEWAY Portable Shower Screens
GEBERIT AQUACLEAN 8000 PLUS CARE Shower Toilets
GEBERIT AQUACLEAN MERA CARE Shower Toilets
GEBERIT KAPPA DUOFIX Sanitaryware Installation Frames
GLEN Shower Tray
HI-LO Shower Tray
HI-MED Shower Tray
INCLUDA Shower Kits
INDEPENDENCE KITCHEN Kitchen Units
INSET Shower Enclosure
INTERGRIP Shower Seals
iSURE Shower
iTHERM Shower
KEPPEL Shower Trays
LARENCO Glass Shower Screens
LARENCO DUO Glass Shower Doors
LARENCO DUO CARE Glass Shower Screens
LAURENCO Shower Screens
LEVEL BEST Shower Enclosures
LEVEL BEST Wet Room Showering System
LEVEL BEST Glass Shower Screens
LEVEL BEST Bathroom Accessories
LIBERTY Kitchen Units
LIVENSA Sanitaryware
LIVENZA Sanitaryware
LIVENZA PLUS Sanitaryware
LOW PROFILE Shower Trays
LUDA Electric Showers
LUDA S Electric Shower
LUDA TWIST Electric Showers
MALVERN Bathroom Suites
MAPEI Tanking Kits
MARLBROOK Bathroom and Shower Waterproof Wall Panels
MAXIM Shower Enclosure
MERMAID Bathroom and Shower Waterproof Wall Panels
Mira Electric Showers
MIRA ADVANCE Electric Shower
MULLEN Shower Trays
MULTI Shower Enclosure
MULTI SPEC Shower Trays
NAVLIN Sanitaryware
ONYX Shower Trays
ONYX Washbasins
ONYX Bathroom Accessories
ONYX Shower Seats
ONYX Shower Cubicles
ONYX CARE POD Complete Standalone Shower Cubicles
OPTIMA Shower Tray
ORIGINS Bathroom and Shower Waterproof Wall Panels
PENTA Shower Tray
PENTACUBE Shower Enclosure
RAMSEY Shower Tray
RISE AND FALL Kitchens for the Disabled
SCREEDMASTER Pump Kit
SCREEDMASTER Shower Enclosures
SHOWERLOO Shower Cubicles
SILENTFLOW Shower Pumps
SILVERDALE Shower Screens
SMARTCARE Electric Showers
SMARTCARE PLUS Electric Showers
SOLIHULL Shower Tray
SORANO OAK Bathroom Fitted Furniture
STANDALONE Shower Cubicles
STANDARD 900 Shower Tray
STAY-DRY Shower Tray
STILO Sanitaryware
SULBY Shower Tray
SULBY 2 Shower Trays
SUPER UNIVERSAL Shower Enclosure
SUPER WALKER Shower Tray
SUPER WHEELER Shower Tray
SUPER WHITE Ceramic Tiles for the Visually Impaired
SUPER WHITE Dementia Friendly Ceramic Tiles
TOPLINE Shower Enclosure
TRIFORM Wet Room Floor Formers
TRIM FIT Shower Tray
TRIM FLO Shower Tray
TRITON Thermostatic Shower Controls
TROMODE Bath Board
TUFF FORM Shower Waste Fitting
TUFF FORM8 Wetroom Floor Formers / Wet Room Floor Formers
TUFT FORM Wet Floor Former
TUK-A-WAY Shower Tray
TYNE Shower Tray
UNIVERSAL Shower Enclosure
USPA Bidet Toilet Seats
VARME Underfloor Heating Mats
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Explained: The ‘safety’ of AKW Safety Flooring

November 2021

Explained: The ‘safety’ of AKW Safety Flooring

We know that specifying for users with different needs can be challenging, and it can be hard to find safety flooring that ticks all the right boxes.

AKW Safety Flooring has been designed especially for the adaptations market, and combines a high level of slip resistance with a non-abrasive, easy to clean surface that is kind to skin of all types.

Scroll down to find out how the slip resistance of AKW Safety Flooring has been tested, what the results actually mean, and why not all classifications are as relevant as others.
Pendulum Test Value (PTV)

The TRRL pendulum test is the subject of British Standard BS 7976, and swings an imitation heel over a set area of flooring in a controlled manner. The resistance is then measured and a classification awarded.

High slip potential: 0-24

Moderate slip potential: 25-35

Low slip potential: 36+

AKW Safety Flooring scored >36, the highest level attainable.

The PTV is considered by HSE as the most important slip-resistance rating, because the test measures resistance when a ‘heel’ strikes a surface, an action typically associated with slips and falls.

Other tests may use human subjects who are fully aware of the risk of falling – a user about to slip would not anticipate this happening, therefore this test is deemed more representative of a product’s slip resistance.
Ramp Tests

European flooring manufacturers commonly use ramp-style tests to classify the slipperiness of their products. These tests are often carried out using German National Standard test methods – DIN 51097 and DIN 51130 – which test the flooring’s slip resistance when contaminated in different conditions.

AKW Safety Flooring was tested against both standards; the results are as follows…
DIN 51097 – Class C

DIN 51097 testing involves barefoot operators with a soap solution used as the contaminant. The angle (in degs) at which the flooring becomes slippery is then measured and a class award.

A: 12-17 B: 18-23 C: >24

AKW Safety Flooring achieved Class C, again, the highest level attainable.

This test is the most relevant when specifying for the adaptations market as our product is intended for use in wet floor showering areas and bathrooms – spaces that will be contaminated with soapy water and therefore need to be safe for barefoot users, especially those with limited mobility and/or health conditions.

DIN 51130 – R10

DIN 51130 testing differs significantly and uses heavily-cleated EN:ISO 20345 safety boots with motor oil as the contaminant. The angle (in degs) is then measured and a class awarded.

R9: 6-10

R10: 10-19

R11: 19-27

R12: 27-35

AKW Safety Flooring achieved a rating of R10 when tested in these conditions.

This test is completely irrelevant when specifying for the adaptations market as our product is NOT intended for use in spaces that will likely be contaminated with motor oil or installed in areas where users will be required to wear safety boots.

To achieve a higher rating in this particular test, our safety flooring would need to feature a more abrasive surface – this would make it harder to clean, offer greater opportunity for bacteria to thrive, and be more uncomfortable for those with delicate or sensitive skin.
Debunking the R11/R12 myth…

AKW Safety Flooring has been designed for use specifically in the adaptations market and when tested for barefoot slip resistance in wet and soapy conditions, achieved the highest classification – Class C (DIN 51097). It also received a Pendulum Test Value of >36, again the highest score available.

However, there is a misconception that the R rating is more important when testing for slip resistance, therefore it has been incorrectly used as benchmark for many years and has often led to over-specification.

When specifying flooring for installation in an industrial or commercial space, yes, a high R rating should be a priority to ensure the safety of workers.

When specifying flooring for an adapted bathroom, the R rating should be disregarded, as users would not find themselves in the conditions the flooring was tested in to determine its classification.

Instead, the DIN 51097 standard should be prioritised, as this more accurately represents the conditions those users will face.

AKW Bathroom Lighting range helps those with Dementia & Visual Impairment

September 2021

Occupational Therapist Specified AKW Bathroom Lighting range helps those with Dementia and Visual Impairment

The bathroom is one of the most challenging and dangerous places for a person with dementia or visual impairment. Research has highlighted that people with dementia are twice as likely to fall as others in the same age bracket, with these falls resulting in significantly higher mortality rates. However, addressing something as small as the choice of a bathroom’s lighting can help reduce those falls.

To meet this need, AKW, a leading provider of accessible home solutions has recently launched its occupational therapist specified bathroom task focus lighting range into the care sector. According to Occupational Therapist Kate Sheehan, Director of The OT Service, extra task focused lighting in the bathroom can significantly increase bathroom safety for residents, particularly those with dementia or sight loss, which is why Kate first suggested and then helped design the AKW range.

Stuart Reynolds, Head of Product and Marketing at AKW explains further: “Kate and a number of other experts in dementia and visual impairment advised us that almost all the care bathrooms they see have inadequate lighting, with shadows, glare and dark areas. Although a single centrally located LED light may be fine for someone who only has reduced mobility, it very rarely provides enough light for those with dementia and/or sight loss.”

AKW’s Task Focused Lighting can be bought as single lights or as a kit, containing five narrow beam (30°) ceiling LED task lights and accessories including a blue pull cord switch. AKWs task lighting kit has been designed to give just the right type and quantity of lights to illuminate an 8ft by 6ft bathroom space. Additional lights can be purchased for larger bathroom spaces. The ideal layout for the task lighting, as advised by Sheehan, is to have the 5 task lights placed directly over the shower area, the toilet and washbasin. This helps residents to locate shower controls and toilet flushes easily, as well as to make grooming tasks easier to perform.

For care home managers wanting to find out more, AKW has produced a ‘Lighting Guide for Accessible Bathrooms’ that includes expert OT advice and guidance from Kate Sheehan & her colleague Adam Ferry. This guide is available to download from www.akw-ltd.co.uk/lighting and explains how to light accessible bathrooms to promote independence and help reduce accidents.

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