Care and Residential Homes
The risks of non thermostatically controlled bathing in care and residential homes are very apparent.
Those who are elderly or infirm are most at risk of accidental burns and scalds from uncontrolled hot water.
This is why it is so important that thermostatically controlled washing and bathing taps are always fitted.
Regular mixers use manual control for both temperature and flow.
Thermostatic mixers allow the mixer to maintain the desired temperature, using clever technology that monitors and continually adjusts the temperature level.
No more cold shocks or hot scalds when someone else is using the water at the same time. In the event of cold water supply failure, the thermostat shuts off the hot water supply completely - an excellent safety feature.
The risks are there - Extract from BBC NEWS
28 July 2014
Care home residents 'at risk of burns', CQC says
Scalding water, broken windows and faulty appliances put Northamptonshire care home residents at risk of harm, inspectors found. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has demanded "urgent action" be taken over its findings at the .... Nursing Home. It has also referred some of its concerns to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The home has yet to comment on the report's findings.
Up to 26 people with degenerative conditions, such as dementia, can be cared for at the home.
Following visits in June, inspectors found the home failed to meet five out of seven key standards. In its report, the inspectors said: "We also identified serious concerns relating to the safety of the environment.
Hot water from the second floor shower and ground floor bathroom was found to be between 129F (54C) and 132F (56C) and a cooker "was unsafe but they had continued to use it". Details of the cooker and water temperatures have been raised with the HSE.