In which sector do you think most of the home adaptations occur? Most of us would probably answer in social housing, for disabled people.
Latest figures reveal that the largest percentage of Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) is for owner occupiers, with 70% being for people aged 60+. And the most common room to be adapted is the bathroom.
Interestingly, there is a growing awareness of intimate care technology, and the impact of the ‘wellness’ features available. It’s something we’ve been delivering for almost 60 years, in our shower toilets.
There is an opportunity to combine the two considerations, to ‘future proof’ at least the toilet in the bathroom, whether you are the home owner, or a developer of supported or assisted living complexes. It can also help deliver part of the Government’s requirement to enable people to stay well and happy at home, with reduced reliance on social care support, as part of its aim to graduate from the Better Care Fund.
All it requires is replacement of a conventional WC with a shower toilet. The latter looks like- and can be used as- a conventional WC if preferred. But, either as an improvement on intimate hygiene, or as one’s health deteriorates and wiping with toilet paper becomes hard or impossible, optimum, consistent levels of intimate care are delivered via the integrated douching and drying processes.
Such toilets are the norm in Japan for example. If they become the norm here, I am sure we will see a surprising reduction in the number of home adaptations, the amount of care support needed, and an increase in the length of time people can continue to remain in their own homes.