Accessible housing design - pleasure over procedure

According to guidance published by RIBA, a well-designed bathroom is often the key to dignity and independence. 

RIBA's  ‘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 well-designed accessible bathrooms which include fixtures such as wash & dry toilets.

Closomat is a leading brand of wash dry toilets, also known as shower toilets, smart toilets or automatic toilets, which combine integrated douching and drying within the WC so there is no need to manually wipe. 

Its latest models, the wall-hung Asana and floor-mounted Palma Vita, reflect several of the features cited 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, which helps to guide users in the dark or at night. The Palma Vita is unique in that it can be accessorised, initially and retrospectively, to suit the individual’s changing needs. 

“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.”

Closomat's website, www.clos-o-mat.com is the ‘go to’ resource for specifiers involved in designing for ageing and/or disabled people, with a raft of white papers, NBS specifications, CAD blocks to simplify the process and deliver an appropriate, compliant solution.

The expertise within the company represents the combined wealth of knowledge amassed from almost 60 years of helping disabled people optimise their dignity and independence in the bathroom, at home and away.