Yeoman Shield develops anti-ligature handrail

Yeoman Shield has developed an anti-ligature version of its Guardian handrail for application in care homes and other settings.

Adapted to have a continuous 60-millimetre fixing block that runs the full length of the back of the rail, it eliminates any points that can easily have a length of material or cord wound around it, preventing the possibility of harm to patients.

To ensure that the terminating ends of the handrail are not used in a similar way, a tightly fitted wall return is added to totally enclose the ends allowing no gaps between the wall and the rail.

The handrail is available in a range of colours and contrasting accessories with LRV and NCS references available for each, to help build a dementia-friendly environment.

A Yeoman Shield anti-ligature Guardian handrail system was recently been deployed in a new dementia unit in South Wales.

Ysbyty George Thomas, as part of Cwm Taf Health board's Valley Life Initiative, has recently undergone a refurbishment to become a health and wellbeing centre for people with cognitive and memory problems.

For safeguarding measures, Yeoman Shield's anti-ligature Guardian handrail was chosen, as both a supportive and wall protection rail system, along the main corridor of Ysbyty George Thomas as well as through the dementia unit.

Throughout the design process of the new dementia unit, comfort and functionality for clients who would be accessing the area was paramount.

Aesthetics taken into consideration with a Welsh Valleys mural wallpaper installed in between bright colourful 'front doors. Safety aspects were also of a prime concern.

Supplied in a dark grey colour to contrast with the light wall colour scheme, the Guardian handrail dovetailed into the wallpaper design by resembling the top of the depicted drystone walling.

"We are exceptionally pleased with the new dementia unit and the complementing look, quality and functionality of the Yeoman Shield anti-ligature Guardian handrail," said Jeanne Smith, Directorate Support Manager, Mental Health, Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Suitable for care homes, hospital and respite facilities, more details about the anti-ligature Guardian handrail system can be found by calling 0113 279 5854 or logging on the Yeoman Shield website at www.yeomanshield.com.