Reblogged from livingwithdisability
Crimes against design
(reblogged from Enabled by Design)
Worst bathroom designs in world of accessibility:
At number 5, we have the humble shower stool.
For people needing greater support, seating in the shower is essential but it doesn’t have to look as austere as this. We recently spoke to a lady who had been given a stool for her shower which was both difficult to lift in and out and had rusted, staining the floor. The small surface area doesn’t offer much support, either. We would recommend a stylish folding wall-mounted shower seat instead.
4. The toilet frame and raised toilet seat
Found in many homes where residents have had a hip replacement, this local authority solution is ‘designed’ to support users getting on and off the WC. We speak to so many people who are too embarrassed to invite guests to their homes because of this type of equipment in the bathroom. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be like this as Motion designs comfort height wall-hung WC’s and chrome drop down rails that don’t require these frames.
3. The pedestal basin
With wall-hung basins widely available, the pedestal basin design is now a dated way of disguising pipes and an unnecessary barrier to access. A wall-hung basin is universally accessible with extra clearance to allow everyone to sit or stand comfortably.
2. The bath lift
The bathroom should be a place of sanctuary, free from the stress of the outside world. Unfortunately, many bath lifts have yet to adopt a design which fits this remit.
1. The overall winner
The overall winner of our design crimes 5 is the mobile shower chair. It has yet to evolve from the clinical hospital look, whilst its bulky operation makes it difficult to use. The bane of users and OT’s alike, the mobile shower chair needs addressing sharpish.
Fortunately, there is work going on in this space. Alternatives are available and designers are listening to feedback from their audience. Check out my blog on design for graceful ageing which talks about some of the work of Brunel University’s young designers. There’s some exciting work underway which deserves to be amongst the many design ‘heroes’ the London Design Festival in the not-too-distant future.
This. ALL of it.