Form and function for optimum wellbeing
Written by Angela May Published: 5 November 2019
It is human nature that we do not like to admit to our weaknesses. It’s a problem that healthcare professionals deal with almost daily.
They want to empower clients to be as independent as possible. The client does not want to admit that help is needed, nor do they want their home to look institutional. They may even feel depressed that they need that support.
We hear so much today, rightly so, about mental health. We need to recognise that even little things can make a huge difference.
It is down to us, the manufacturers, to smooth the path, to listen, and develop assistive technology that enables people to still be able to do as much as possible, but with style. It eases the acceptance, and helps overcome that psychological barrier. Well-designed, perhaps even aspirational, equipment can have a significant, positive impact on a person’s mental health, their wellbeing.
If a piece of equipment, a fixture, looks stylish, it is instantly more appealing. If it is easy to use, that further encourages acceptance and use. Even minute details such as to how it feels matter. It helps reduce the resistance, the mental anguish of acknowledging we are not as capable as we used to be.
A client of ours summed it up: she said her wash & dry toilet made her smile with happiness.
It improved her quality of life, as she no longer felt, to quote, “dirty” after going to the toilet as she now struggled to wipe herself. It fitted in with her home. It did not look like a living aid.
That smile matters, as much as someone’s physical health.