Isolation has been linked to depression, mental health and even high blood pressure. Age UK reported that 3.9 million older people regarded TV as their main form of company. How can care homes combat the effects of feeling isolated considering their often overstretched workforce?
For elderly, moving around can be difficult; heavy fire doors make it difficult to move from one area to another. This leads to residents staying in one place for long periods of time, increasing their feeling of isolation. Many care settings resort to propping their fire doors open, which is an illegal and dangerous practice, as it allows a fire to spread unhindered. Dorgard fire door retainers provide an easy solution to removing the barrier fire doors cause the frail and elderly without compromising your adherence to fire safety legislation. Dorgard fire door retainers give you a legal way to hold your fire door open. On hearing the sound of your fire alarm the door retainer will automatically lift the holding plunger, allowing your fire door to close.
Your type of setting will determine which of the Dorgard fire door retainers is right for you. If you are a small to medium setting with normal or low noise levels, then the original Dorgard will suit your needs. For settings where the noise level is louder you may benefit from the improved sound recognition of the Dorgard SmartSound and for large sites the Dorgard Pro is ideal. Dorgard Pro gives you the possibility of managing up to 500 fire doors in one system and has the option of wiring into your fire alarm panel. It also provides a ‘one glance’ check that the entire system is functioning correctly.
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