Accessible housing design: put pleasure over procedure
Written by Angela May Published: 16 October 2019
According to guidance published by RIBA, a well-designed bathroom is often the key to dignity and independence.
The guidance- ‘Age Friendly Housing’- says “hospital-style bathrooms have made bathing [personal hygiene] a procedure rather than a pleasure for older and disabled people but safety and practicality no longer need to come at the expense of style”. It cites as exemplar of well-designed accessible bathrooms the inclusion of fixtures such as wash & dry toilets.
Closomat’s latest models, the wall-hung Asana and floor-mounted Palma Vita, reflect several of the features and benefits referenced in the age-friendly housing guidance. They deliver contemporary styling with the best performance in douching and drying. The Asana features a low level soft ambient light, facilitating its location in the dark/ at night. The Palma Vita is unique in that it can be accessorised, initially and retrospectively, to suit the individual’s changing needs.
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“Age friendly housing is actually about designing homes for life,” observes Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “The bathroom is the most common room to be adapted to accommodate a person’s needs, and the toilet is actually the most commonly altered fixture therein. Appropriate design (and execution) at the outset can reduce or eliminate the need for adaptation later, with all its financial, physical and psychological cost, and enable someone to enjoy living in their home, for life, with optimum dignity and independence.”