Plumber’s showroom venture ‘to help change the lives of customers’
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Aug 2017
A GRIMSBY plumber has tapped into the growing market to aid independent living for the elderly and infirm.
Steve Simpson has launched Aquacare Mobility, providing a suite of displays in a residential-styled showroom.
Located in the former surgery of Dr Rakesh Pathak on Laceby Road – neighbouring the £1.6 million Raj Medical Centre which opened in 2011 – he is bringing the options to life for those seeking help to remain in their own homes.
Well aware of the aging population, strains on care facilities and people’s own wishes to remain independent, Mr Simpson said: “I have been fitting bathrooms and kitchens for 18 years and a lot of older people just cannot get in the bath very well. They just do not always know what is available.
“I thought about it, could see the potential, and have laid displays out just like a home, and then I decided to bring everything else together too.
“These things make a real difference to people’s lives. The idea is to try and keep people’s independence.”
Working with kitchen specialist Howden he specially commissioned a lower level sink within a kitchen environment, which has a desk look to allow for wheelchair access, surrounded by cupboard installations that can be pulled down to a manageable height or out for easier access.
Then there’s a patent-pending easy pour kettle, alongside more traditional items like wheelchairs, walking aids and mobility scooters, as well as consumables.
When it comes to the bathing side, displays are plumbed, giving Mr Simpson the opportunity to demonstrate pumps which made fitting in any room of the house a possibility – another key reassurance when people look at remaining in family houses.
The specialism is boosted by the mainstream approach of many high street outlets, who cater for the able-bodied mass market, and with a first floor still to convert, there is potential for more.
“I chose to put it into a home environment, so people can see exactly how things will be,” Mr Simpson said.
“People can easily get the concept then, if they can see it as it will be installed.
“Being a plumber by trade, I have seen a lot of what is available and I am aware.
“However, a lot of work I have seen has been very clinical looking, I am keen to show how you can have a cosmetically pleasing bathroom.
“It is to make life easier for people to keep them in their own homes.”
He thanked family and friends for their help and support, with a particular nod to The Bathroom Village on Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, for whom he used to fit. “They have been really supportive,” he added.