The rise in multi-generational living is well documented, with research pointing to increases of up to 50% in the last decade. This figure is only set to rise as offspring opt to live at home for longer and families find themselves looking after the needs of parents and grandparents. Therefore, when designing for this sector creating an accessible, flexible bathroom space that is both beautiful and functional is key.
Access All Areas
When it comes to hospitality, Stephen Maley, Hewi’s Sales Director believes the hotel sector can benefit from inclusive solutions. Maley points to a recent study that showed that 26% of all GB adults are either fairly or very unhappy at the idea of being given an unrequested accessible room by a hotel. The majority of those would request to be moved.
“The UK hotel market is going through a huge expansion phase at present. Many of these projects are using cheap, poorly designed imports from the Far East and creating accessible bathrooms that are more akin to hospitals or care homes. There is no need for this as we have systems where there is no permanently fixed accessible bathroom furniture." According to Hewi beautifully crafted accessibility solutions serve to help disguise disability where appropriate and de-stigmatise the accessible bathroom. Read the article in full.
In terms of product design, the forecast is good for both domestic and commercial projects. Manufacturers are delivering 'considered' inclusive solutions for every aspect of the bathroom, from grab-rails, to shower-baths or shower-toilets, every product selected has been designed with aesthetics and functionality in mind.
Diane Larner takes a look at the latest products to reach the market.