Caroma has released its new Wellbeing Aged Care range, comprising innovative bathroom solutions developed through a collaborative research project into the design of bathrooms for older people. Developed by UNSW Built Environment and funded by the Australian Research Council and Caroma, “The Liveable Bathrooms for Older People project” involved consultation with older people to breakdown common assumptions and understand the best possible design solutions needed for older people to live independently in a supportive environment which helps to remove stigma. Much of the research was undertaken through workshops with older people. Key findings from The Liveable Bathrooms for Older People project incorporated into the range include:
- 51% of participants had bathrooms where showers had raised perimeters [hobs] making them inaccessible to wheelchairs and a potential trip hazard.
- 62% said that they rarely or never used their bathroom to take baths.
- 37% indicated that they went to the toilet 2-3 times during the night.
- Safety concerns included not being able to call for help in an emergency [18%]; not being able to get up after a fall [15%]; and slipping in the shower or on a wet floor 11%.
The research showed that older people continue to be engaged with their surroundings as they age and, unsurprisingly, want modern and attractive bathrooms as much as the next person, instead of the institutional aesthetic currently common across the aged-care industry. Caroma’s Aged Care range has taken on board the wants and needs of our older population and is pioneering a new approach to inclusive aged care design. The new solutions are designed to be functional and stylish – creating bathrooms which look good as well as being supportive for those with functional issues.
Caroma’s Care 660 range includes:
- Elegance Lever Basin Set – $308.70.
- Care 700 Wall Basin with shelf – $816.30.
- Care Shroud – $232.90.
- Virtu Comfort Grab Rail – $154.50.
- Virtu Plus Starsafe II Shower Set – $439.50.
- Elegance Lever Wall Top Assemblies – $210.20.
- Care 660 Cleanflush Wall Faced Close Coupled Easy Height Suite with Caravelle Double Flap Seat – $1232.
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