The shower has quickly become the heart of most bathrooms and therefore several factors must be considered for multi-generational households including potential visual and aural impairments.
The first point of consideration is the prevention of sudden temperature change and minimising the risk of scalding. Thermostatic electric showers, which provide a safeguard against fluctuations in water heat, are a good solution and now widely available.
Whether considering new home design or adaptation of existing properties, a shower room can also offer an attractive option. A level-access shower or wet room can overcome many of the difficulties posed by limited mobility. Assistive aids, such as a wall-mounted fold-up shower seat, can be easily added and benefit from being practical and unobtrusive.
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Keep a look out for the BEAB Care Mark when deciding on an assistive shower, as this demonstrates compliance with additional safety requirements that take into account the needs of people in care situations, such as the elderly and people with disabilities. Some products are also endorsed by the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), a charity which offers support for those with sight loss and general age-related vision impairments.
One such example is the Joy Care thermostatic shower from Bristan. This
incorporates a large dial for ease of use, raised markings and an audible click when settings are adjusted. The shower head retainer is a paddle handle, making it easier to move, and there’s an illuminated stop/start button, LED digital setting display and a grey contrasting back box to make the unit easier to use for those with impaired sight.
Users can set a maximum temperature setting and shut off time, all of which can be adjusted at installation. Plus, as a big benefit to installers, Joy Care is easy to fit with multiple water and cable entry points.
As the UK population continues to evolve and change, the average household will only become more diverse. Therefore, it is imperative that products are considered that offer an all-inclusive approach to bathrooms.
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