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Better Bathrooms

Reprinted from PN January 2017

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in a house, and designers are creating new ways to make it more attractive, usable and accessible

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What’s new in the bathroom is partially the acceptance and attitude that bathroom access makes good sense for everyone. 

Bathing and hygiene industrial designers are besting their efforts by creating ever more attractive, innovative and accessible bathroom products. Bathroom home designers are also taking notice of this need and opening their minds to new space planning paradigms. 


Both segments see the future and their design efforts as a proliferating market opportunity spurred by consumers warming up to the fact that safety and accessibility can optimize health, be an effective home investment and look great to boot.

The increasing focus on accessible bathrooms could also be attributed to sports, vehicle and combat injuries or gravity’s general effect on us all. 

Attention to the bathroom access market is also, at least in part, because of medical advances resulting in people living longer. 

A healthy, safe and comfortable hygiene routine goes a long way to making an improved or higher quality of life possible. Regardless of what the game of life throws our way, research reports that 90% of us want to stay in our own homes as long as possible.

Staying in one’s own home is a personal and family benefit, and adaptable and accessible bathrooms can help make that happen. 

When a mobility-impaired person is not independent in daily living activities, sometimes not enough consideration is given to bathroom space planning for caregivers, mobility aids and assistive technology. 

For more information on bathrooms, visit accessiblehealthhome.com, or email CharlesSchwab@UniversalDesignOnline.com.

The opinions of the author do not necessarily reflect the position of Paralyzed Veterans of America. 

 

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