Mobility equipment dealer AKW has announced the launch of a new accessible shower cubicle, the Onyx Care Pod.
The cubicle, which can be installed to suit both wheelchair and non-wheelchair users, has been developed in consultation with local authorities, housing associations, occupational therapists and contractors.
AKW said the Onyx Care Pod “significantly reduces installation times”, with a maximum of two days required to remove the existing bathroom and install the solution, compared to the traditional five to seven days for an adaptation installation.
Available as alcove or corner shower units, in a range of dimensions, the Onyx Care Pod solution comes with AKW’s Larenco 6mm toughened glass, two mid-grey grab rails and a height-adjustable padded fold-up shower seat as standard.
The accessories meet the required Light Reflective Value (LRV) rating for those with visual impairments and are also suitable for those with dementia.
The cubicle is available with a choice of either the AKW SmartCare Plus BEAB Care approved electric shower, or Arka thermostatic care mixer valve (TMV3) shower.
The Onyx Care Pod wall panels are structural, allowing them to support a range of mobility aids and accessories that can be fixed during, or post installation, to user specific heights.
AKW said that care-assisted bathing is also made easier, as all Onyx Care Pods come with duo doors.
Stuart Reynolds, head of Product and Marketing at AKW commented: “Designed with safety, speed of installation and style in mind, the Onyx Care Pod is the ideal solution for local authorities, housing associations, care homes, and private pay end users. Its quick installation is a win-win for end-users and installers alike, as the user doesn’t have to wait long to get a bathroom that meets their needs, and the simple installation method reduces the chance of snagging and call backs for the installer.
“The pod is also easy to specify as we have created an Onyx Care Pod configurator, making it straightforward for the OT, specifier or contractor to get the right solution for each end user. Thanks to the Onyx Care Pod, inclusive showering just got that bit easier – and more stylish too.”