Top 10 Care Home Essentials

Suppliers of products to Care UK, Vision Linens is a name synonymous with the Healthcare industry which is why our 10 Care Home Essentials should be top of your shopping list.

At Vision Linens we are experts in bedroom, bathroom and dining textiles and we specialise in products for hospitality, healthcare and government. Our top essentials for care homes are competitively priced and designed to deliver.

We understand that products in a commercial setting need to be practical, hard-wearing and easy to launder, but we also know that quality and comfort don’t need to be compromised. Whether you choose 100% polyester, polycotton or 100% cotton these 10 Essentials items should be prominent in your bedding, bathroom and dining supply chain.

Care home residents deserve a good night’s sleep in bedding that feels good against their delicate skin, a towel that feels soft and a dining experience fit for royalty.

We have put together our Top Ten recommendations for Care Home managers to ensure they can give their residents the comfort they deserve, whilst making their staff’s lives as easy as possible!

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1. 100% Polyester Flame Retardant Cellular Blanket

Our Vision Flame Retardant Cellular Blanket offers protection to BS5866 -4:1991 Source 5. Available in cream and white the blanket is anti-allergen due to the open weave fabric that allows breathability which limits the growth of bacteria, whilst retaining heat. It is lightweight and easy to launder. The linen is 100% polyester which provides comfortable sleeping and easy laundering durability.

2. Waterproof Mattress Protector

For high performance, peace of mind and sustainability, protecting your mattresses from leaks and stains is essential. Choose from our Flame Retardant Terry Towelling Waterproof mattress protector that meets BS 7175 Ignition Source 5. The outer side is microfibre terry towelling which benefits from a PU breathable waterproof reverse so discretion is it’s middle name! As a more luxurious alternative the Vision Diamond Dry Waterproof Mattress Pad is fitted and features a 150gsm filling and a 200 thread polycotton percale (not fire retardant) to give a grander look to the mattress.

3. Wipe Clean Pillow

Meeting the same fire retardant regulations as our VE Terry Towelling Waterproof Mattress Protector, the Vision Flame Retardant Wipe and Dry Hollowfibre Pillow has a breathable waterproof cover which is easy to clean and protects from unexpected spills and stains. The pillow itself features a vapour permeable FlamescuRTM spun polyester PU coated outer which is also non-allergenic.

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4. Waterproof Duvet

The Vision Flame Retardant Waterproof Green Tint Hollowfibre Duvet was designed to ensure durability and long life in a healthcare setting. The duvet has a green, breathable and waterproof outer to offer reassurance when in use and is easily recognizable because of its green tint. The duvet has a 10.5 tog so is perfect for all seasons. This range also include a waterproof green tint pillow.

5. 100% Polyester Satin Stripe Duvet Cover and Pillowcase

With our 100% Polyester flame retardant satin stripe bedlinen you will be sure to make an impact.  With a hospitality look and feel but with all the added benefits and reassurance of polyester, our duvet covers and matching pillowcases make the perfect room addition. In most hotel settings you will find the stripe on the pillowcase will run horizontally but on the duvet the stripe runs vertically. For our care home satin stripe we have developed our pillowcases with dementia design at the forefront. The stripe runs vertically to follow the stripe of the duvet cover to avoid any confusion with alternating stripe patterns for those residents living with dementia/ visual impairment.

6. Flat Sheets

We love a flat sheet at Vision, they give a superior tight fit to your mattress. Flat sheets come in a variety of thread counts depending on the quality you are looking for, and they come in both a sateen and percale weave. For healthcare we offer the Vision Essentials 100% polyester flame retardant flat sheet, however, if you are looking for alternatives to polyester we also offer a V144 Polycotton flat sheet, in all sizes, with a thread count of 144 which are easy to wash and are quick drying, which means your sheet supply chain is easy to maintain. These sheets are part of our performance range.

7. The Classic Bed Runner

The finishing touch for every care home bedroom is the classic bed runner. Our classic is 100% polyester and is easy to care for as well as being luxurious in look and feel. It comes in six colours, that will match any décor – Kingfisher, Redwood, Paprika, Sage, Silver Fern and Wheat.

We also offer a premium range of bedrunners which has the addition of a contrasting border. All bedrunners have matching cushions to accompany them.

Care Home Diners

8. Non Slip Bath/Shower Mat

To prevent any slips or falls, every bathroom should adorn a faithful bathmat or two. Vision stock a natural rubber non-slip bath mat that can be used in and out of the shower due to its patterned design and rubber suction cups that grip the floor. Alternatively, the V550 Mosaic Coloured 100% Cotton bath mat gives that spa-like feel. These non-slip luxury bath mats come with twin stitched side seams to prevent fraying and shrinkage and are available in four colours – Ecru, Mid Brown, Charcoal and the newest in the range grey.

9. Machine Washable Shower Curtain

Making housekeepers and carers’ lives much easier should be top priority and the machine-washable shower curtain is just that. Made from 100% durable polyester the Vision Essentials Shower Curtain (plain or striped) comes in two sizes, long and extra long and has a built in weighted bottom hem to keep the curtain in shape. Use, rinse, wash and repeat – perfect.

10. Table Cloths

Vision can provide tablecloths of any size, shape (rectangular, circular or square) and we have a variety of colours and designs too. We normally recommend a contrasting tablecloth/slip to the crockery to ensure a large enough visual contrast for those residents living with visual impairment. For example, white plates on a white table cloth would not be a practical option in some healthcare settings. The table cloth is not just a practical essential to protect tables from wear and tear, but they also add aesthetic appeal and a real dining experience for all care home residents.

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