We've worked together with Howdens, our services, our property managers and most importantly with our residents to understand what a fully inclusive kitchen is.
Howdens Joinery providing fully inclusive kitchens to our care homes
Howdens Joinery is a leading manufacturer of fitted kitchens. Since 2005, they have provided over 130 kitchens to our care homes across the UK. Having fully inclusive kitchens means that residents have the chance to become more independent and take part in a whole range of new activities. Residents, family members and staff members all tell us how it has changed their lives.
Karen lives in one of our care homes in Yorkshire, she told us:
“I struggle with my disability every day and find baking a great way to improve the mobility in my arms. For me it’s like occupational therapy in that it keeps my hand movement going. At first, I struggled to maintain a grip on items, but I’m building strength now.”
Our partnership with Leonard Cheshire is really important to us. It helps us understand how to make our kitchens more inclusive and reach customers with more diverse needs.Chris, Head of Trade at Howdens
Billie Smith is the activity coordinator at The Manor care home and told us about her experience:
"Having a fully accessible kitchen for our service users is extremely important for their independence. They can now join in on all aspects of the kitchen: from preparing a meal, to cooking it, eating in it and of course the washing up! If it wasn’t for the partnership with Howdens, we never would have been able to make the wishes of the service users a reality. I couldn’t begin to describe the hours of freedom and joy, and the levels of independence this kitchen will bring to our residents.”
A mutually beneficial partnership
We've worked together with Howdens, our services, our property managers and most importantly with our residents to understand what a fully inclusive kitchen is. Our collaboration has helped Howdens to improve the features and adaptations in their range of inclusive kitchens. As a result, Howdens have become a key player in this market.