AKW, a leading provider of accessible home solutions, has launch a new guide to creating dementia-friendly bathrooms.
Produced with advice and support from specialist dementia design advisers at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), the guide offers best practice guidance on designing this important space.
Lynsey Hutchinson, Senior Interior Designer at DSDC, University of Stirling, said: “The bathroom, despite being one of the smallest rooms to design in any building, is one of the most complicated. Indeed, there are at least ten tonal considerations within a bathroom or shower room. These include tonal contrast for surfaces/critical planes such as walls, floors, doors, skirtings, sanitary ware and toilet seats which should achieve a minimum contrast of 30 points LRV (Light Reflectance Value) in order to see one object against another.”
Stuart Reynolds, Head of Product and Marketing at AKW, said: “We have worked with the University of Stirling to translate the complex issue of dementia into practical design points that can be easily applied in any bathroom adaptation. The guide details the seven major dementia challenges that impact bathroom design and gives specific advice on what to install and where, to help overcome these issues. From flooring colour to lighting placement, the guide has it all.”
You can find the guide by clicking here.