The number of homes where three generations live under one roof is growing. There is even a phrase to describe it: three-generation – or 3G – living. Economic factors keep the younger generation in the parental home, while the cost of residential care often leads to families caring themselves for elderly relatives.
Such situations can put pressure on living accommodation, particularly bathroom arrangements if older relatives have mobility problems. A key requirement is to ensure that they can retain as much independence as possible which usually means thinking in terms of bathroom adaptations.
Many people think adapted bathrooms are purely functional. Independent living solutions provider AKW has a different view and is quick to emphasise how easy it is to apply inclusive design ideas to create a stylish bathroom with practical features that make independent living so much easier.
To adapt a bathroom, AKW says that there is absolutely no need to compromise on style, however they do question the bath – asking whether it is really necessary. By simply replacing the bath with a large level access shower enclosure, you could create a bathroom that is not only easier for an older person to use without assistance, but one that will appeal to the whole family.
One of AKW’s latest innovations encapsulates everything the company believes about combining practicality with the concept of a beautiful bathroom. The Larenco shower screen range features clear glass and high quality aluminium in a premium chrome finish. Ideal for wet rooms or low level shower trays, it offers a number of options to suit any bathroom. These include options for creating conventional corner or alcove set enclosures plus versions with full-height split glass doors, connected with AKW’s unique duolinx handle.The Duo Care half height screen is perfect for situations where some carer assistance may be needed.
As well as enclosures, AKW also offers the perfect shower for independent living in the form of the new LUDA® S which is specifically designed for users with sensory impairment. In a stylish chrome and silver finish, its design perfectly complements the Larenco screens. Featuring AKW’s own IQ Smart Technology, if offers an extra level of temperature-controlling intelligence which means that the shower is not affected by any changes in the pressure of the water supply, ensuring temperature and flow remain constant. Carrying the BEAB Care Mark and waterproof to IP45 it also features a simple control panel that allows the user full independence and additionally an integral grab rail for support. Other safety features include automatic and phased shut-down and safety and low pressure cut-out.
Like the Larenco, the LUDA® S is designed with independent living in mind – but independent living with style that has an all-round appeal.
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