According to the Office of National Statistics the UK population has been steadily getting older. Currently around seventeen percent of the population is over 65 and this trend is expected to rise to over 23% by 2035. This has resulted in a strong demand for luxury care homes, retirement apartments, assisted living housing and care homes. In line with this demand we have seen an increase in orders for pocket door systems for care related projects. This is because pocket doors can be easy to use for clients with reduced mobility, in a wheelchair, with impaired vision or with reduced grip/motor skills whilst still being aesthetically pleasing. Add to this the fact that ECLISSE pocket door systems are easy to assemble and install, maintenance free, come with a 15 year guarantee and are tested to 25 years of average use, it is unsurprising that our systems have become the system of choice for care home, assisted-living and retirement projects.
The beauty of pocket doors is they are top hung so a threshold strip is not required, so nothing to obstructs smooth passage from one room to another. The fact that the door disappears into a pocket in the wall means that unlike with a hinged door there is no issue of the leading edge posing a hazard for partially sighted people.
For wheelchair users our pocket door system can be installed with a minimum effective clear opening widths of 800mm or above. If required a partially glazed door can be added to the system for visibility and the door can be installed with an easy to hold bar handle instead of a flush pull.
Accessibility issues posed by a hinged door
Accessibility offered by a pocket sliding door.
For projects that provide a higher level of care our pocket door system for use with a hoist has been included. In another project where the focus is to provide a high level of independent living for wheelchair users our e-motion system which automates the opening and closing action of the pocket door either via switch, radar sensor or remote control has been specified.
Here are a handful of examples of projects that provide a flavour of where and how our pocket doors systems are being incorporated into housing projects from retirement apartments to care homes.
Hallmark Care Home, Brentwood, Essex
Products: 57 pocket door systems comprising of single and double units
This purpose-built, 77-bedroom care home in Hutton offering high standards of residential and dementia care. The home features a cinema, library, salon, and celebration bar which residents can book for private gatherings. There is also a café, which aims to become the hub of the home for families and residents to relax together.
Fleur de lis, The Old Yard, London Road, Marlborough
Products supplied: 11 Double Classic Telescopic Systems to provide flexible living space
The Renaissance Retirement Apartments in Marlborough, comprise of 28 luxurious one and two bedroom later living apartments. Very close to local amenities and overlooking the bowls club, the development has been designed to be not only a very high-end residence but to provide a new lifestyle.
The Marlborough development virtual tour below has been set to start from where the ECLISSE double telescopic systems are shown. Advance the video to 3 mins and 12 seconds and you will hear the narrator explains how the ECLISSE double telescopic pocket doors create a flexible and adaptable living space to accommodate guests.
Swimbridge House Nursing home, Welcombe Lane, Swimbridge, North Devon
Products supplied: 15 hoist systems for the en-suite bathrooms.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home is situated on the edge of the quiet village of Swimbridge, North Devon surrounded by beautiful countryside. They have recently completed an extension providing extra care for fifteen additional residents. Each new bedroom has en-suite facilities with a shower and a ceiling hoist. Access to the en-suite system is via an ECLISSE hoist pocket door system.
Cirencester Care Home, Gloucester Road, Stratton, Cirencester
Products supplied: 92 Classic Pocket Door Systems for the en-suite bathrooms.
The retirement development, Stratton Court, is a new generation of luxury retirement neighbourhoods, being planned by Aura in response to a rise in market demand. Located in the Cotswolds, just a short distance from Cirencester, Stratton Court has been specifically designed for a new generation of over 55’s who are looking for high-specification retirement properties. The development includes on-site facilities, including a café, bar, library and IT suite.
Example of a room layout with pocket doors to en-suite bathrooms
Beechwood Grove Extra Care Housing, Caversham, Reading
Products supplied: 12 Classic Pocket Door Systems for the door between the kitchen and the dining area.
This alternative retirement home is set in a leafy residential pocket of prestigious Caversham, Beechwood Grove has prime position in tranquil Caversham. There are 43 flats made up of a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The apartments have been beautifully interior designed and a number have an ECLISSE single classic pocket door system installed between the living and kitchen area to maximise the kitchen counter space.
ECLISSE pocket door from dining area to kitchen allows for a better kitchen layout
Blackwood Group, Independent Living, Dundee
Products supplied: Classic Pocket Door Systems with e-motion
Blackwood Group provide housing with care with a focus on helping people live more independently. Their customers have told them they want to have as much control as possible in order to help them live independently and so Blackwood have looked at ways to integrate technology into homes to enable people to live in their own home and in their own neighbourhood as opposed to residential care. The homes include many technological innovations and advances and one such innovation is an automated pocket door that combines the ECLISSE Classic pocket door system with the ECLISSE e-motion device. This allows the ECLISSE Classic Pocket Door system to open and shut at the touch of a button, the feature being that the door disappears into the wall, eliminating the need for reaching for the door and manoeuvring around it.