With the growing need to make homes adaptable so occupiers can remain independent, and in their own homes, new guidance is aiming to help get it right.
‘Design Guidance & Considerations for a Domestic Accessible Toilet’ has been produced and published by Closomat.
The white paper gives advice to ensure that the key aspects affecting the functionality and practicality of a bathroom/wetroom and toilet, as occupier needs change, are considered. It even addresses the details as far as both new build and retrospective adaptation, in terms of legislation and ‘best practice’.
“Using the bathroom is one of the biggest problems faced by disabled people and their families. Latest figures show that now, bathrooms are the most common form of home adaptation.” explains Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager.
“Guidelines have been updated too: for example, future installation of a hoist should be included in newbuild designs. A ground floor toilet should be provided. In existing buildings, changing a door from swinging to sliding can give valuable extra space inside to aid manoeuvrability….
“Then there are other considerations: will a particular shower chair fit over the toilet, is there the space for such an eventuality, what height is the toilet and can that be adjusted, what about using colour to help people with visual impairments, to cite just a few examples.
Our white paper covers all the details to think about to ensure a successful adaptation, which meets the user’s needs and so achieves best value for the provider.”
The white paper can be downloaded free of charge on the downloads section of Closomat’s website www.clos-o-mat.com. The paper is the latest in a series of guidance documents produced by Closomat designed to ensure good specification of accessible toilet provision in domestic and public/commercial environments.