HVP Magazine – AKW Launches Dementia Bathroom Design Guide

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AKW LAUNCHES BATHROOM DESIGN GUIDE FOR DEMENTIA SPECIALISTS

Accessible home solutions provider AKW has released a new guide to creating bathrooms suitable for dementia patients.

Produced with the guidance and support of specialist design advisors at the Dementia Services Development Center (DSDC) at the University of Stirling, it offers advice on best practice for the design of this important space.

The bathroom is one of the most difficult and dangerous places for a person with dementia and Dementia Friendly Design aims to anticipate and adapt to the changes that people experience when living with this disease. It is important to note that a bathroom suitable for people with dementia does not need to cost more than a standard bathroom adaptation, but the appropriate guidelines, such as color, for example, should be. monitored to ensure maximum safety and comfort.

Lynsey Hutchinson, Senior Interior Designer at DSDC, University of Stirling, commented: “The bathroom, although one of the smallest rooms to design in a building, is one of the most complicated. . Indeed, there are at least ten tonal considerations in a bathroom or a shower room.

“These include tonal contrast for critical surfaces / planes such as walls, floors, doors, baseboards, fixtures and toilet seats which must achieve a minimum contrast of 30 LRV (Light Reflectance) points. Value) in order to see one object in relation to another. “

Stuart Reynolds, Head of Product and Marketing at AKW, explained why the new dementia guide was developed: “We worked with the University of Stirling to translate the complex problem of dementia into practical design points that can be easily applied in any bathroom adaptation. .

“The guide details the top seven dementia challenges that impact bathroom design and gives specific advice on what to install, and where, to help overcome these issues. From the color of the ground to the placement of the lighting, the guide has it all.

Guide to creating the right bathrooms for people with dementia


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