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Finding the Right Nursing Home Wall Protection

Nursing home wall protection products in situ, door plate, bed wall protector, wall guard

How do you know which is the best nursing home wall protection? The main considerations are:

  • Protection
  • Guidance
  • Performance
  • Anti-bacterial & cleanability
  • Visibility

It must offer excellent damage protection.  But it must also look appropriate and be easily maintained.

Hospital damage protection equipment can often look institutional, and with patients only staying a short time for care, that is fine.  But a nursing home is just that – a home.  And a stainless steel wall protector does not really look like home.

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Protection & Guidance

Nursing home wall protection needs to be functional in two ways.  It must offer heavy duty wall protection, and it must help residents with limited mobility.

It should be designed to provide practical care and accommodate medical equipment, trolleys and wheelchairs.

Items such as carts of medical equipment or medication and trolleys will knock into the walls, so hospital damage prevention measures are important. There is regulations in regards handrail grip: HBN 00-04, HBN 00-10, BS8300:2009+A1:2010 and Approved Documents K & M of The Building Regulations 2010.

All Gradus wall protection is specified to the above requirements. For example, the handrail element of the CHR160 (shown below) features a 38mm diameter and incorporates a thumb groove to offer a comfortable grip in line with guidance.

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Nursing home and hospital corridor hygienic antibacterial handrail

Visibility & Wayfinding

Handrails need to be easily identified and located for support and wayfinding and should be selected in a colour that has a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) that is 30 points different from the surrounding surface. All Gradus handrail colours have been measured to provide LRVs

Healthcare Protection Fit-out courtesy of Gradus Limited

Hygiene & Performance

Reception PVC Cladding

It’s recommended your wall protection is independently tested for impact resistance, fire performance and chemical/bacterial/fungal resistance.

You should also have a scheduled maintenance programme to prevent the build-up of dirt and grease, which will detract from the overall appearance of the product and can lead to the spread of germs and bacteria.

When cleaning handrails, particular attention should be paid to the underside of the handrail as this is where dirt and grease can build up. The cleaned surface should then be ‘rinse wiped’ using clean water and then thoroughly dried using a soft cloth. This ensures all cleaning residue is removed.

Make sure to read your wall protection instructions before using abrasive cleaners, solvents or cleaning pads.

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Decorative & Hospital Damage Protection

Stainless steel wall bumper guard installed on wall in a hospital corridor in Dublin.

Most nursing home residents understand they are there for the duration of their lives.

They know they are no longer able to live independently. This is a painful realization.  And the decoration and atmosphere of the nursing home should be sensitive to this.

Gradus Wall Protection Ireland offers a range of options that can suit any environment or décor.

Offering excellent protection, this line includes a choice of 34 standard colour options.  This means it can blend in and even enhance the décor at any facility.  Instead of looking institutional and drab, this nursing home wall protection can brighten up a room and create a cheerful, homey look.  

Gradus Wall Protection Ireland also offers a range of wood, metal and composite finishes.  For a very customized alternative, they can also do a bespoke printed design.

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If you need assistance or guidance on how to protect your people and property, get in touch today. Damage is inevitable, workplaces are unpredictable, SVL solutions are essential.

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