Healthcare

Our market leading portfolio of Healthcare fabrics are designed for challenging environments that demand the best. Fire retardant and highly durable, our intelligent fabrics are antimicrobial, waterproof and stain resistant.

The well-being of your patients and residents is your top priority, so when it comes to fitting out your facility, it’s essential to use only the best contract healthcare fabrics. Every fabric you use needs to be compliant with the strictest Crib5 fire retardancy standards, it also needs to be extremely hygienic and hardworking. When only true excellence will do, we’re the people you need to contact.

The vast majority of Panaz’s healthcare fabrics are inherently fire retardant and boast innovative antimicrobial, stain resistance, and waterproofing technologies. Since our inception in 1986, we’ve led the way in developing new breakthrough innovations for the sector, and have established an unrivalled reputation for quality and reliability.

Our greatest achievements include our unique ShieldPlus technology that provides a nanotechnology-based protection against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses, including Coronavirus and C-Difficile.

The well-being of your patients and residents is your top priority, so when it comes to fitting out your facility, it’s essential to use only the best contract healthcare fabrics. Every fabric you use needs to be compliant with the strictest Crib5 fire retardancy standards, it also needs to be extremely hygienic and hardworking. When only true excellence will do, we’re the people you need to contact.

Our Collections

Browse our stunning range of contract healthcare fabrics and find your perfect match. Alternatively, get in touch with our experts for further inspiration.

Read below for our tips and advice on specifying contract fabrics in care homes

When selecting contract fabrics for care homes, there are a multitude of performance and design factors that must be considered to ensure the long-term success and suitability of the installation.

Whilst it’s crucial the fabrics deliver the technical performance and durability required, the comfort and overall aesthetic of the fabric also play a pivotal role in creating a relaxing and calming environment for residents.

The Importance of Effective
Infection Control

Professionals in care homes can achieve the highest levels of hygiene by choosing upholstery and drapery with antimicrobial properties

We have developed ShieldPlus Technology, which is fast-acting, long-lasting, and durable to protect fabric against harmful bacteria and viruses.

With this durable and safe-to-use technology, you can protect yourself against a wide range of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites, including Coronavirus, C-diff spores, and noroviruses.

This technology kills bacteria and viruses instantly and is effective for the lifetime of the fabric, unlike other treatments.

It is available as standard on many of our fabrics and base cloths and as an optional extra on others.

Stain and
Water Resistance

Another key consideration for healthcare fabrics is stain resistance to reduce cleaning and maintenance routines.

To achieve this, some contract fabrics contain C6 fluorocarbon technologies that combine the effectiveness of stain prevention with environmental considerations.

In addition, professionals should ensure the fabric features an impervious waterproof layer.

Panaz use AcryltronTM technology which adds a unique protective coating that creates a resilient and durable finish for vinyl and faux leather fabrics.

The process mitigates the susceptibility of PU coatings against cleaning products, protecting the fabrics from damage.

Resistance to Abrasion

To ensure the highest standards of longevity, care home professionals should also consider the fabric’s abrasion resistance, which ensures the resilience of the fabric against everyday wear and tear.

This is particularly important for high-traffic communal areas and items of furniture in personal spaces, such as armchairs, that experience high levels of usage.

Ensure the fabric has been independently abrasion tested to contract standards by Martindale Rubs and select fabrics that have been tested up to 100,000 rubs.

Safety and FR Fabrics

The fire retardancy of the fabric is another leading consideration for healthcare interiors.

A contract fabric specialist should be consulted to ensure the fabric is fit for purpose and the correct FR tests have been done.

Whilst some professionals may choose a retail fabric and have an FR treatment added, this may alter the texture and appearance and is not guaranteed to make it FR depending on the type of yarns involved.

Retail fabrics are also not designed with contract specifications in mind, so often lack the durability required for commercial environments.

Professionals should therefore choose fabrics that have been designed for contract purposes and conform to the specified standards for their end use.

Sight and Sounds

From a drapery perspective, effective sound and light absorption are essential to ensuring a resident’s overall comfort.

Dim-out drapery fabrics that feature yarn-dense, multi-layered construction allow for sound and light to be absorbed rapidly, without the requirement for bulky interlining.

Poor hearing is something that affects many older people and can in some cases lead to isolation and increase the chances of cognitive decline.

Interiors should be designed with acoustics in mind, maximising sound but minimising noise.

Blackout curtains that are 100% light-blocking and reflect sound will help prevent noise from being transmitted into rooms from the outdoors.

Difficulties regulating the body clock are common in old age and particularly significant for people with dementia so getting the lighting right is essential.

 

Light Reflective Values

For those with visual impairment one of the key factors when designing an effective, practical and attractive scheme is to consider residents’ perception of the world and how this is affected by their impairment.

This is of particular concern for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias who perhaps are unable to devise coping mechanisms of their own.

It is important for design to compensate for this deterioration, as this, coupled with a potential lack of understanding of this loss, affects a person’s perception of the world around them and creates confusion and distress.

The level of contrast between surfaces such as walls and ceilings, walls and doors, furniture and floors, is invaluable in giving clues to the visually impaired as to the size, shape and potential for navigation of a room.

As part of Panaz’s commitment to assisting care home professionals in creating beautiful, usable, comfortable and stimulating environments for residents, we have commissioned a series of LRV tests to measure the total quantity of light reflected from the surface of the fabrics.

The Importance of Considered
Design

The addition of texture and semi-plains will create interest, whilst fabrics for bedding and seating that clearly contrast with carpets and other flooring will optimise visibility. Focusing on lighting, it is paramount to optimise the consideration given to LRVs.

For rooms such as bedrooms that require additional privacy, the addition of sheers can create an almost acoustically transparent curtain that allows natural light to diffuse into the room, whilst still giving the level of privacy required.

Upholstery and drapery that feature calming designs and textures that facilitate feelings of relaxation and comfort can also be utilised to complete wider interior design schemes that look to create an inviting home environment.

This is particularly important for residents with complex health conditions, such as dementia.

By choosing subtle designs in soothing yet contrasting colourways, professionals can help to minimise confusion or vision reduction, which affects how individuals with dementia identify colour and patterns.

Our Clients

We’re incredibly proud to supply Panaz healthcare fabrics to a host of clients within the industry, including many NHS Trusts, as well as care home experts such as Teal Living and Shackletons.

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