Merseyside Business Leads the Way in Pioneering Dementia-Friendly Fabrics March 11th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments Merseyside Business Leads the Way in Pioneering Dementia-Friendly Fabrics A Merseyside business is leading the way in pioneering healthcare fabrics across the UK following the successful completion this week of a high profile project for Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. The project brief for 4 wards and 92 beds was awarded to Curtain Call to provide supportive design and fabrics to increase the overall wellbeing of mental health and dementia patients. Founded by Crosby entrepreneur Donna Nolan, Curtain Call has offices in Liverpool and Manchester City Centre and has become one of the UK’s best known curtain, blinds and fabric manufacturers offering specialist services to many industries including hospitals and healthcare. Along with many private care homes, Curtain Call has completed projects for Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and a number of private clinics in the centre of London. As the UK’s only distributor of mesh-top cubicle curtains for ceiling fixed cubicle tracks that are increasingly specified by architects and interior planners to increase light and air circulation in hospital and healthcare settings, the business has experienced rapid growth in the last two years. The Dementia Service Development Centre (DSDC) at Stirling University illustrates that the design and fabric of a care environment can minimise risk and have a hugely positive impact on the wellbeing of people with mental health problems and dementia. Royal Berkshire selected fabrics from Curtain Call’s supportive design range that have been reviewed and rated by the DSDC for usability. Rhian Warner , Directorate Manager Specialist Medicine and Therapies of Royal Berkshire NHS Trust explains: “We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all of our patients and with a skilful blend of design and intelligent functions, the fabrics from Curtain Call presented the perfect solution to help with the with the orientation of our mental health and dementia patients. We chose Curtain Call because their fabric ranges were more appealing and allowed us to move away from standard NHS designs and colour schemes .The project was also completed smoothly and sensitively with no disruption and already the calming textures and revitalising effects are starting to appeal to our patient’s senses” Donna, who brings over 20 years experience to healthcare fabrics and hospital solutions acted as project manager and explained how the application of design principles required her and the team to see the environment from the patient’s point of view: “There are many ways to implement dementia friendly design into healthcare environments including guidance on colour changes and contrasts to avoid areas being misinterpreted and becoming a cause of concern for patients. Like all healthcare projects the fabric needed to meet strict NHS standards in terms of flame retardancy, high temperature washing and colour fastness and of course, we had a budget to comply with. We were able to tailor make a solution using a wide range in the type and selection of fabrics we have available. We hope that the project continues to generate positive outcomes for a long time to come.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!