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Bristan Supports ‘Remember Me’ Theme For World Alzheimer’s Month

Taking place throughout September, this year’s World Alzheimer’s month theme is ‘Remember me’ and Bristan is lending its voice to the campaign.

With World Alzheimer’s day on 21st September, the international month-long campaign takes place every September, helping to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Launched in 2012, this year marks the sixth global World Alzheimer’s month and the theme of ‘remember me’ aims to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of dementia. 

One area of the home where Alzheimer’s can have its most significant, and potentially dangerous, impact is the bathroom. Here, Chris Tranter, specification product manager at Bristan, provides four top tips when specifying for those who are suffering with Alzheimer’s:

  1. A touch of familiarity – When it comes to specifying brassware, crosshead taps, with clear hot and cold indices, are especially well-suited for household members with Alzheimer’s as they are offer a more familiar style, therefore making them easier to use by those with memory issues. What’s more, long handle controls are ideal for multi-generational homes as young children and the older generation can use them easily and safely.
  2. Shower safety - Scalding is a very real danger for vulnerable people and can occur in just five seconds. Ordinarily electric showers can pose a risk of scalding if water is drawn off from another outlet, even if a maximum hot water temperature has been set. The practical suggestion is, therefore, an electric shower with in-built thermostatic controls.  The Bristan Joy Care, for example, which is designed to meet the stringent BEAB Care accreditation, incorporates safety features, such as large, easy-to-move dials, raised markings and audible clicks when settings are adjusted, making it safe and easy-to-use for those with Alzheimer’s.
  3. Timing is key – To help prevent flooding should taps or showers be left on accidentally by those with memory issues, timed flow controls can be installed, turning off the flow once a set period of time has passed. This means that carers or other family members can rest assured that users with Alzheimer’s can’t cause any harm to themselves, or their surroundings.
  4. Hazard-proof wet rooms – For the ultimate in safety, the integration of a wet room can provide a variety of benefits designed to help those with memory issues. With no need to step into a shower tray, the risk of tripping is minimised and non-slip flooring can reduce slipping from occurring. For added safety, there are plenty of cleverly designed fittings that provide aid for vulnerable users without impacting on the rest of the family. A wall-mounted fold-up shower seat, for example, is practical and unobtrusive, and safety, grab rails can also be installed to aid stability. These features allow the user to feel comfortable in their surroundings, preventing accidents from taking place.


BaxterStorey Welcomes Record Number Of Graduates

BaxterStorey has once again welcomed a record number of graduates onto its Momentum Graduate Programme. 20 ambitious young professionals have kicked off their nine-month long journey with the hospitality specialists, selected from over 550 original applications.

Graham Eveleigh, head of skills and development at BaxterStorey, said: “The ever increasing popularity of our graduate programme is reflected in the variety of roles on offer alongside the prospect of real responsibility and future promotion. With our graduates joining from all across the UK, our training academies are renowned for their tailor-made programmes, producing some of the most acclaimed and skilled professionals in the hospitality sector.

“We are extremely excited at the prospect of 20 talented, future leaders joining our business and developing their skills over the next nine months”.

The programme will see the graduates exposed to all areas of the business, blending on the job training and mentoring with classroom coaching. The Momentum Graduate Programme provides university leavers with an intense and varied introduction to the world of hospitality. From supporting the sales teams with new business mobilisations to ‘field to fork’ supplier visits and working with BaxterStorey’s chefs, the course provides the ideal introduction to a fulfilling career. This year’s programme has seen the graduates take on roles in operations, sustainability and supply chain.

Marianne Philippou graduated from the programme this year and now works as a General Manager in Birmingham. She explained: “I had the opportunity to experience roles across BaxterStorey, from the kitchens to front of house, operations and supply chain. The course was varied, with the hands-on structure giving me lots of opportunities to develop my skills and learn my strengths and weaknesses in preparing for a role in management.”


Drewsons Mechanical Services Provides Specialist Ventilation For Durlston Ward

Drewsons Mechanical Services, part of the Bournemouth-based Drewitt Group, has recently completed a contract at Poole Hospital to provide specialist ventilation within Durlston and paediatric wards.

The Durlston Ward cares for both adults and teenagers from the age of 19 years with various malignant disorders, and specialises in haemato-oncology and stem cell transplantation.

Work carried out by Drewsons Mechanical Services has included the installation and maintenance of a specialist ventilation unit that also manages the air pressure for carrying out intricate procedures such as bone marrow transplants. This includes:

  • Maintaining a positive air pressure in the ward to avoid ingress of foreign airborne contaminants
  • Regulate temperature – both heating and cooling
  • Three stage air filtration to clean the air before it reaches the ward
  • Remote web based monitoring of all controls and configuration
Richard Drewitt, managing director of The Drewitt Group, said: “The work of the Durlston Ward is so important for the community and to be able to assist the day to day running is something that we’re immensely proud of.

“We have worked alongside Poole Hospital to ensure that the solutions we provide are the perfect match to its needs and ensure that both the treatments and everyday life of patients is as comfortable as possible.”

Drewsons Mechanical Services was formed in 2011 and is a subsidiary of James Drewitt & Son Ltd. It has grown steadily over the years with a variety of works including simple response repairs of leaking taps to large scale contracts covering full heating installations, replacements of sanitary ware and general plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning works.

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