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Doc M packs and disability aids

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3 Reasons to Install Bath Grips

We should feel natural about adjusting our lives to ourselves and vice versa. There must be no embarrassment in this adaptation. Nobody questions that households have to be prepared for children or disabled people. However, it is still hard for us sometimes to acknowledge that we should also take care of ourselves and other adults although one feels healthy. Plus, getting older is a fact for everyone and, unfortunately, getting sick will be too for the majority. The lack of bath grips or a walking cane does not make us younger or stronger; in some cases, it... Read More

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7 Tips to Make a Toilet More Dementia-Friendly

 19/05/2017 850,000 people in the UK have dementia today, in particular 1 in 6 of those over the age of 80 have this condition. 70% of residents in British care homes suffer from this disease or serious memory issues. Some of the main symptoms are confusion and understanding difficulties, so it can be really hard for users with dementia to locate the washrooms in huge buildings, effectively enter the restroom, use the appliances with ease or identify the exit. In order to adapt sanitary facilities to visitors with dementia, we have... Read More

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5 Grab Rails for Accessible Toilets Away from Corners

Designers and users have at their disposal several layouts of aid points when regular straight bathroom grab rails are not an option. Such a different type of handrail are made to be installed far from corners, for instance in peninsular toilets. They can be immovable or folding and will be fixed to the wall, floor or both. 1) Wall-mounted drop-down grab rail Drop-down rails installed into the wall are nowadays the most common choice in commercial and public accessible washrooms. The double rail offers two support points when sitting on the toilet. Due... Read More

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Why to Use Bathroom Grab Rails with Concealed Fixings?

We can find two main kinds of fixed bathroom grab rails in the market: with exposed or concealed fixings. Although the first type tends to be slightly cheaper, it might be worthwhile to invest in the difference and acquire a product that includes flange covers to hide the mounting. Prevent rust Despite the relatively simple measures we can take against damp, condensation is going to happen in washrooms and shower areas. Some materials rust unavoidably, others resist water and moisture. The quality of the screws is crucial. However, even very durable metals like AISI 304... Read More

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What Type of Taps Are Document M Compliant?

Approved Document M gathers English regulations related to the design of premises for all kind of users, including those with reduced mobility or other impairments such as learning disabilities. Want to know more about sensor taps? Why should you choose a sensor tap? Which taps are the best in the market? We answer all these questions and more in our ‘Which Sensor Basin Tap Should You Choose?‘ guide. Installation distances of Doc M taps The text explains that, in wheelchair-accessible toilets, the placement of the washroom fittings should allow a person seated on the WC to... Read More

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7 Simple Ways to Integrate Grab Rails in the Bathroom

We are slowly but constantly purchasing new things for home, because something stopped working or is just old. On the other side, we might say that we are healthy now and do not need grab rails, but given the chance we would probably use them and definitely some of our guests would appreciate them. So why not to consider to install double-function grab rails next time we refurbish an element of our bathroom? 1. Towel holder Next time we are choosing a thin bar for hanging the towel, we could pick a straight grab rail. There are... Read More

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5 Things We Usually Ignore about Accessible Toilets

Non-disabled people that lack close contact with disabled citizens might not know some basic concepts about wheelchair accessible toilets, which can be particularly useful if one is considering to install a toilet that is suitable for as many types of users as possible. 1 – Accessible toilets can be difficult to find A non-disabled person knows for sure in which type of locations there will be a suitable WC. However, disabled people do not have this certainty unless it is a public or large building. People with disabilities must find it out... Read More

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When Are Suction Grab Rails the Right Choice?

We could distinguish two main types of grab bars based on how they fit on the wall: fixed with screws or attached by suction pads. Want to know how to design a washroom to accomodate grab rails like these? Read our detailed blog post on the industry’s recommendations when it comes to designing a washroom. Pros and cons of suction cup grab bars Using air pressure to fit grab handles allows an easier and quicker installation, probably not requiring to hire a professional. Nowadays, quite many suction grab rails include indicators to inform if the attachment is safe enough. Furthermore, a lot of models... Read More

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Which are the best hand dryers for disabled washrooms?

When selecting hand dryers for disabled washrooms there are a number of considerations. Firstly the height the hand dryer is installed. Disabled doesn’t necessarily mean wheelchair user, therefore there are a whole range of potential positions the users may be accessing the hand dryer from. The hand dryer will have a different recommended installation height depending on whether it is a ‘blade’ hands in hand dryer like the Dyson Airblade; a low energy, or a high speed hand dryer like the Warner Howard Airforce. Blade hand dryers are inherently more limiting for a reduced capacity user as... Read More