AKW – suppliers of adaptable kitchens and bathrooms – are assisting Health and Society students at the University of Worcester by donating a number of products to a new university training facility.

The Community Living Environment is located on the university campus and is fully equipped to provide simulation facilities with specialist equipment for independent living. The occupational therapy facility meets essential regulatory requirements in the development of competent healthcare graduates by focusing on replicating situations faced in the real world.

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AKW has provided much of the equipment in the new facility, including a custom designed, fully accessible kitchen with rise and fall units for wheelchair users, as well as two adaptable bathrooms, which include AKW’s Tuff Form underfloor former, the Luda care shower and a range of sanitaryware. The donated AKW Liberty kitchen products are suitable for full inclusivity, including rise and fall units that are used as a worktop, sink or hob and drop down wall cupboards, allowing seated users to be able to reach the top of cupboards.

The installation aims to create a learning environment close to real-life circumstances, ensuring students have the chance to further qualify in their field and are fully prepared for their professional future.

AKW’s Core Sector Marketing Executive, Ben Shanley, commented: “We feel that learning in an environment close to reality will really help students build up their professional skills and provide a greater awareness of adaptable solutions for independent living.”

AKW will also be conducting a number of talks for the university’s students on designing environments for people with dementia and sensory impairments, as well as accessible kitchen and bathroom design.

Yvonne Thomas, course leader for the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Worcester said: “is fantastic that we are now able to offer our students a learning environment much closer to that in which they’ll be working. This is truly a great opportunity for our students to increase their knowledge and professional skills.”

Ben Shanley added: “When we heard about this great project at the University of Worcester, we knew we wanted to support the development of such a facility. Our products are aimed at improving the quality of living for people with disabilities and in our opinion the education of competent healthcare graduates is part of this intention.”

For more information on AKW, visit the website HERE

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