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Well thought-out design for people with disabilities

An important building block for the design of sanitary rooms in the age of universal design, is to enable the most independent use possible. Here, you’ll learn why and how sanitary solutions can support greater movement for the disabled.

Modular design is one of the most important aspects furnishing sanitary rooms. Especially in a private bathroom, where not every assistance is necessary from the very beginning. Rooms and objects should be adaptable to individual needs at any given time.

On the other hand, the products used should, as much as possible, promote independence and thus also self-determination. They should support a natural posture and take into account appropriate operating forces so that they can be used with a minimum of physical effort.

How movement patterns influence product design

With current planning approaches and innovative product developments, feel-good bathrooms can be combined with accessibility. Threshold-free accessibility, generous movement areas and flexible support and seating options benefit not only impaired people, but people in all age groups and life situations - children, adults, temporarily handicapped people and caring relatives as well as care staff.

HEWI's product design also focuses on kinaesthetics. Different movement patterns are included in the development and options for use are created, which include, for example, right-handed or left-handed use. Our objective is to consciously perceive movement, recognise movement patterns and ultimately use them for product development.

Well-designed equipment can also help to promote the movement potential of patients. In addition to clearly recognising the function of the assistive device, different surfaces or high-contrast colours create a positive feeling and assist intuitive use. The primary goal has to be to support the person move comfortably and safely, and thus enable their mobility.

Sanitary solutions provide safety in bathrooms

Support options such as folding support handles or grab rails support the movement sequences at the washbasin as well as at the WC or in the shower. The effort required to sit down and stand up is minimised and these support options also provide stability when standing.

HEWI offers a variety of solutions depending on personal requirements. Folding support handles with a second gripping level provide support for particularly complex movement sequences, such as transferring from the wheelchair to the WC. The horizontal level serves as a support when sitting down and as a holding point when standing up or pulling oneself up. The vertical plane supports the change of position, for example when rotating around the body axis.

 

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