When the existing Cerebral Palsy Alliance site in Allambie Heights, New South Wales, was destroyed by fire in 2007, the organisation wanted to rebuild a state-of-the-art facility. They partnered with Enware Australia to achieve the best possible solutions to meet the needs of their users.
image: Allambie Heights reception area
“The new centre was to be leading edge for people with cerebral palsy, along with the Alliance’s staff.It had to be timeless in its design and provide a world-class building suitable for therapy,” said Enware Australia Business Development Manager Sandor Franken.
The architect for the new centre was Simon Jenkins of DEM Architects, who has worked with Enware on a number of projects.
Among the Enware products installed at the centre for people with cerebral palsy are height-adjustable nursing benches, basins, kitchen worktops and wall cupboards.
“Enware’s products were seen as a perfect fit. Our long-standing relationship with the organisation resulted in us creating what we saw as best-practice design for the bathroom and toilet areas, as well as a change room and kitchen,” Mr Franken said.
The new centre is used by an estimated 200 people each day, including people with cerebral palsy, administration staff and people from other centres who use the Alliance facility for forums and other professional events.
Melanie Turner, Manager – Executive Administration & Projects at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, provided input into the choice of fittings at the new centre, in conjunction with an access advisory group of occupational therapists, carers, Alliance staff, people with disabilities, and others.
“Our clients have very complex needs, and we wanted to go above and beyond the current Australian Standards,” she said.
image: Indivo height adjustable frame for sink and bench top in common area
“We were familiar with Enware’s brands and had visited the Age Friendly Home at Marsfield where Enware independent living aids, such as height-adjustable kitchen bench tops and wall cupboards, were on display. Our occupational therapists and other Alliance staff recommended them as the best available.”
With the new Cerebral Palsy Alliance campus now open for more than a year, Ms Turner said: “The height-adjustable basins and kitchen facilities are easy for our clients to use.
“The clients say they’re happy with the units and would love to have them in their own homes. We would certainly recommend the equipment to other centres like ours providing services for people with disabilities.”
Indivo Kitchen with height adjustable units. The worktops and wall cupboards can be raised or lowered to cater for varying physical abilities. The mechanisms are available as either electrically or mechanically operated.
image: Pressalit Care height adjustable nursing bench with safety rail, assists with showering
Enware Australia products installed at the new Cerebral Palsy Alliance campus include: Nursing bench designed for situations where a person needs to be showered while lying down. Enware’s nursing bench is electronically powered, fully adjustable for height, and can be used in both wet and dry areas. The space saving design means it folds up when not in use.
Support arms that offer safety and comfort to both the user seeking to be independent and to the carer. Enware’s support arms are either height-adjustable or fixed height. They are typically fitted adjacent to baths, basins and toilets, making standing and wheelchair transfers much easier. The arms fold up when not in use. Toilet seats with an ergonomic design that is well suited to most users.
Enware toilet seats are appropriate for users who undertake wheelchair transfers. The contoured lid gives good support to the back, while a coloured option aids visual impairment.
IFO Toilet – a freestanding toilet with 460 mm seat height for those who cannot easily sit down or stand up. The toilet is pan loaded rate to 400 kg and has an increased footprint for enhanced stability. The cistern can take a weight loading of 110 kg, providing a solid backrest if required with generous support for users. The toilet is fully glazed on the back and inside rim to avoid bacteria growth.
image: Pressalit Care height adjustable basin bracket for horizontal and vertical movement with Ifo basin and Oras Vega mixer with extended handle.
Height adjustable basin mountings allowing for the correct height to be achieved. This is ideal if people share a basin and have different height requirements. The mountings are powered by an electric motor, which is easily adjusted with a lever control. The mountings can also be controlled by gas cylinder, which creates an almost weightless wash basin, allowing for its height to be easily adjusted.
IFO Sign Basin with a reverse shape washbowl that increases user area. The basin satisfies AS1428.1:2009 requirements, is fully glazed to prevent bacterial growth, has a back-to-wall lip for protection, and an easily-cleaned tap and soap area.
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