Closomat Accessible/age friendly housing – bathroom top tips
A YouGov poll maintains that 75% of people believe all new homes should be built to be accessible to all ages and abilities. Our home should be, and could be, a home for life.
When changes are needed, it is usually in the bathroom. Appropriate design at the outset, or retrospectively, can ensure a stylish solution that still works for us in daily life, despite health or age issues. The one inevitable in life is we all get older.
Little things can make a huge difference
- Level access: to avoid trips, and ensure smooth progress for a frame or wheelchair.
- Wet floor, to ease transition in and out of the shower without risk of tripping over a low level shower tray.
- Level access shower.
- Shower seat, if we can’t stand for long (or at all).
- Thermostatic shower (so we don’t get burnt).
- Grab rails for support (subject to strength suitability of the supporting wall).
- Washbasin, positioned so it can be reached from a sitting position on the WC. Ideally height-adjustable, so taller users do not have to stoop, but people who are smaller, or sitting, can still reach easily.
- Lever taps for easy operation regardless of manual dexterity.
- WC set away from the parallel wall, ideally a wash and dry toilet, which, with its built-in douche and dryer, delivers enhanced hygiene & wellbeing whatever our capabilities.
- Drop down arm supports (in case we need extra security or leverage).
- Ceiling track hoist to help a carer transfer us to any point within the room and, depending on the configuration, to other areas of the home.
- Good lighting prevents falls, improves independence and improves hygiene and care.
- Colour can influence the ambience and mood, and differentiate certain areas of the room, the location of fixtures and fittings.
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