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Automatic doors are widely used across the residential care sector and for good reason. They increase resident’s mobility and independence whilst maintaining a high level of security and reducing any risks associated  with the care of vulnerable people. So why should you install automatic doors into your care facility?

Residents are the most important part of a care facility, and keeping them safe is imperative.

A study in 2006 showed that 3 in 5 people with dementia had wandered from care at least once (source). Individuals with impaired cognitive ability are a level of high risk of injury when wandering and instances of death have occurred when an individual has wandered away from a care facility. With the possibility of high-risk situations occurring, facilities must assess resident’s likeliness to wander away and how they can secure their facility to ensure accidents do not happen, however, they must do this without affecting an individual’s freedom and allow them to remain independent.

By automating the main entrance and exit doors to require fob access and/ or intercom systems, dangerous activities such as wandering can be reduced. Another benefit to this type of automation is the heightened level of security it provides. Vulnerable people are at high risk of crime and mistreatment so by automating entrance and exits this ensures only individuals who should have access to the building do and visitors can be monitored easily.

Mobility and Independence

Automatic doors can provide easy access for both residents and staff of care facilities.

Many elderly residents are frail and vulnerable with limited mobility. Automating doors within facilities would offer these people easy access throughout the facility and provide them with more independence through improved mobility channels. Lack of independence can be a real worry for the elderly so implementing technologies which can increase their level of independence is likely to be a positive factor for your care facility.

Automatic doors can increase a vulnerable person’s independence as they may need less assistance when moving around the facility. This may result in less dependence upon staff members, opening them up to other tasks that may need performing. Unlike traditional heavy manual doors, automatic doors can be set to open and close very slowly to reduce the risk of accidents occurring from residents being hit by doors.

As well as helping residents, automatic doors can also be of benefit to staff members, such as by easing access channels when transporting heavy or bulky items across distances. Automatic doors can also be beneficial in terms of health and safety. They reduce risks associated with care facilities such as moving individuals in beds or chairs, moving heavy items or traveling with hot food or drinks and the associated safety involved with automatic doors also reduces the risk of finger entrapment or heavy doors hitting vulnerable individuals and causing injuries.

Keeping up appearances…

After recent news coverage, families are increasingly concerned about the level of care their relatives are receiving. By showing them you are committed to meeting the needs of your residents and are prepared to invest money to make their lives easier  will be a huge weight off their minds. Installing automatic doors into your facility will reflect positively on yourselves as it shows you are a modern, professional business who care about individual’s needs and wellbeing.

Not only can automatic doors benefit your current residents, they ensure you are DDA compliant and open your facility up to accepting a move diverse range of people with different requirements and needs. Automatic doors can be included within fire safety precautions where they can be set to close or open automatically when a fire alarm is activated giving them a dual purpose within your facility, and further helping increase safety and security.

Money, money, money…

The average cost of nursing care in the UK is between £28,000 and £38,000 a year (source) and with an aging population, this is only likely to increase further. Any reduction in the cost of care will be greatly appreciated by your residents. Automatic Doors can also help you cut costs and  save money by reducing your energy bills. An automatic door only opens and closes when required therefore reducing heat loss from a building, meaning the initial cost of the door can be covered over time by a reduction in energy bills. Doors are not required to be held open constantly instead the door opens when required and closes after use, meaning heat is not being lost unnecessarily whilst access is still maintained. By installing doors, you reduce this heat loss and thus reduce your energy bills. This also has the benefit in the summer of reducing your air con wastage that would also be caused by held open doors, after all, you don’t want to be cooling the street outside.

Care homes often house vulnerable individuals with special requirements that need to be catered for.  If you would like to discuss a project with an expert member of the ADC team and find out how installing automatic doors can help improve your care facility, call us for free on 0800 0461 105 for a free no obligation quote!

 

 

Testimonials
  • “The Automatic Door Company (ADC) were asked to quote for the contract to maintain the Auto Doors at East Cheshire NHS Trust in 2014. Which has been carried out to an exceptional standard. During this period ADC have also replaced two doors to the entrance to our A&E these doors have changed the appearance and functionality of the A&E. ADC have also carried out the installation to the entrance to Orthopaedics this has changed the waiting area for the better and the waiting area is now more comfortable for patients and staff within the waiting area. Over all ADC have work to a high standard as I look forward to working with ADC in the future.”

    East Cheshire NHS Trust (Laurence Edwards, Estates officer)
  • “Edge Hill University have been using ADC for the installation, servicing and reactive repairs of our automatic doors for a number of years. The work they have carried out is neat, tidy and has been delivered to a high standard. Site Engineers are always well presented, polite and communicate in a professional manner, Customer Service Excellence is a core requirement for Edge Hill University. I would not hesitate to recommend (working with) The Automatic Door Company. Technical enquiries are always responded to in a prompt manner, with Administrative Staff willing to help in any way they can.”

    Edge Hill University (Mark Burton, Facilities Manager)
  • “On a busy university campus its vital that the infra-structure runs smoothly. ADC have maintained and repaired the doors here for many years, giving us a very dependable service at a competitive price, and moreover total piece of mind.”

    Edge Hill University (Colin Francis, Maintenance Supervisor)
  • “ADC have serviced our automatic doors for a number of years now and we would highly recommend their service. They are quick to respond to enquiries and maintain a professional demeanour when on site. Their skilled engineers are friendly and always willing to go out of their way to help with any issues or queries we may have. We are very happy with the service ADC provide and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.”

    Guardian Print Centre (Rob Court, Facilities Manager)
  • “The ADC Service engineers are highly reliable and hardworking. They are thoughtful of our needs and always willing to go the extra mile to help us, offering information and advice as well as quality service. We have worked with ADC for the past 9 years and we would use ADC for future works as we are pleased with everything they have delivered so far.”

    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Glyn Greenwood, Assistant Building Management Officer)

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