Located in Prestwich near Manchester, Brookvale is a care home for adults with learning and physical disabilities. With 80 beds, it meets the needs of a wide variety of disabilities via a mix of residential options, from community houses through to adapted en-suite rooms. Set in 12 acres of sensory gardens and extensive grounds, it provides a calm, relaxed place to live and visit.
“That calm and tranquility was challenged when the pandemic hit”, says Carl Richmond, CEO at Brookvale. “Our staff members aim to provide 100% care and Covid was an invisible threat. It’s been tough for everyone and it became clear that we needed to put measures in place to ensure that we’re better equipped to deal with further potential outbreaks.”
Carl did some research on air purification and contacted Rensair for advice. After requesting a site plan, a Rensair expert visited the site to get a detailed understanding of the layout and occupancy levels of different communal areas. All Brookvale clients have access to a range of facilities, including a day centre and hydrotherapy swimming pool, where they can learn, exercise, socialise and unwind. Having thoroughly assessed the physical location, Rensair submitted a proposal based on its modular, portable air purifiers.
“Rensair’s diligence made an impression on us and we were happy to proceed with an optimal solution, without it being over-engineered”, adds Carl. “Their pre-Covid experience with hospitals added credibility and we had some prior knowledge of UV disinfection because of our hydrotherapy pool. It stands to reason that trapping pathogens with HEPA before destroying them with UVC light is more effective than fly-by-kill methods on moving targets.”
Brookvale made a point of communicating to client families about the new infection control measures put in place, knowing that nobody wanted a repeat of the visiting restrictions that had caused so much angst during lockdown.
“When the Rensair units were delivered, we immediately noticed a difference in the air quality, as well as a notable absence of the odours to which we’d become accustomed”, comments Carl. “The portability of the units is a distinct advantage too, enabling us to move them around to where they’re needed most on any given day, depending on the activities taking place. We think of them as fellow members of staff, working around the clock to protect us all.”
“We now feel that the health of those within our care at Brookvale is properly protected and their families are reassured”, concludes Carl. “ Equally important is the protection of mental wellbeing. For our clients, that means being allowed to continue their scheduled activities as well as enjoying unrestricted family visits.”
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