The mix of these homes appear to be mainly adult children either not leaving home or moving back into their family home with partners whilst they save money for their own house. Some however are where grandparents are moving back to a flat within the property.
Whatever the circumstances, it is unquestionably a trend that is growing and one that needs to be considered when designing a new bathroom for these homes. The bathroom needs to not only look great but be functional and safe for young and old and that needs a little more consideration. Thankfully long gone are the days where a cautious, safe design would result in the fitting of a doc-m pack. Product designers have over the last decade been creating products that are ‘designed for all’ ages which has resulted in a great choice of solutions.
Comfort height WC pans, that are that little bit taller and easier to stand up from, are now readily available in some very modern designs. Bath replacement shower enclosures, which are designed to the same footprint as a standard bath, are a very popular alternative where ageing adults feel that a bath is becoming a little difficult to get out of and a specialist side entry bath option not what they require. And there is now a choice of steadying weight bearing accessories, cleverly disguised as towel rails, for added security and assistance.
Low level shower trays have made access really easy for any enclosure, removing, what in the early days, could be a large step up to enter an enclosure. Today there is little, or no step required when fitting a shower tray, all possible with the development of clever shallow waste technology.
The latter fear of slipping however appears to be a fear in particular for older adults. I’m not sure what age you get to when you become nervous of slipping or falling, it probably varies for everyone, but suddenly you do. It may be that from experience you know how much it can hurt and as you become older, how much a fall or injury can immobilise you for a longer period of time.
A perfect solution for the next multi-generational bathroom?