Age-friendly housing- adaptable and ‘care ready’
Guidance billed as ‘a new bar for the design of future housing for an ageing population’ is reiterating the need for homes to be adaptable and ‘care ready’.
One of the simplest means of ensuring that is met is by specifying a toilet that can evolve with people’s changing needs, says Closomat.
“The guidance [Age Friendly Housing: Future Design for Older People] reminds us that when we talk about older people, we are not talking about other people, but ourselves,” says Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “The book emphasises that well-designed buildings can facilitate the provision of care, support independence and wellbeing- points we can verify from new build and retro-fit installations we have undertaken and project managed.
“If we’re talking about ourselves, consider: would YOU want someone to help you go to the toilet, help you on and off the WC, wipe your bottom? It is one of the most intimate activities we undertake, and we all do it, several times a day. Specifying an appropriate WC, such as a shower/wash dry toilet, delivers optimum wellbeing, and is more than care ready: it can even eliminate the need for care support.”