Inside your home

Making use of new technology – Electronic aids to daily living

  • Environmental control units, also known as Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLs), allow many persons to independently control their environment. These include such areas as room temperature, lighting, TV, stereo, etc. Persons who lack the mobility to turn switches, open and close curtains, adjust the temperature, etc. in conventional ways may do so with special remote control.

For more information, please see the following website:  www.mobilitysmart.cc/DisabilityAids

Kitchen

When planning a new kitchen, it’s important to consider the requirements of everyone who’ll be using it. A kitchen is not just a place for cooking and eating, it’s also a sociable space for gathering and simply spending time together as a family. So with that in mind, here are a few tips to help you plan your ideal kitchen:

  • Choose the right layout making sure this is accessible
  • Create a safe preparation and cooking area
  • Consider appliance safety
  • Ensure generous storage
  • Look to the future for any changing needs

Popular Adaptations:

Boiling water taps

Drop down cupboards

Bathroom

When designing your ideal bathroom it is important that you consider your current and possible changing needs.

Popular Adaptations:

  • Walk-in & level access showers with half height shower doors or fixed screens that are wheelchair friendly
  • Shower seats: Fold-away shower seats and added comfort chairs with extra padding, arms and back-rest
  • Lower step shower trays to reduce the risk of falling
  • Wet rooms for a modern look that allow for greater ease of movement, maintenance & cleaning
  • Height adjustable wash basins
  • Bespoke grab rails:
    • Coloured rails for the visually impaired
    • Non-slip and easy to grab rails
  • Taps that supply hot water on demand and taps with thermostatic options to avoid accidental scalding
  • Heated towel rails, underfloor heating and efficient space-saving radiators
  • Recessed lighting, discreet lighting and light mirrors

Useful websites:

http://www.bestshowers.co.uk

http://www.bathrooms.com/showers/shower-sets/

https://www.premierbathrooms.co.uk

http://www.bathstore.com/products/showers/buyers-guide/which-shower-system-should-i-choose

Combined wash and dry toilets

Clos-o-Mat and Geberit are major manufacturers of automatic shower (wash and dry) toilets, which enable anyone with limitations to toilet with little or no help, enhancing their hygiene, independence, dignity and privacy. For more information please visit the following websites:

www.clos-o-mat.com/

www.geberit-aquaclean.co.uk