This white paper examines the key considerations of dementia-friendly bathroom design, and flexible solutions that provide quality life now, and adjust and adapt as peoples conditions and requirements change.
Dementia has become a major health priority, with the number of people living with Dementia in Australia expected to triple by 2050. Yet understanding of the condition’s best management practises, are still relatively new in clinical terms. As a result, creating a built environment that accommodates people with dementia is one of the greatest challenges faced today by the building and design industries.
It is recognised that a building and its environment can have a significant effect on a person with dementia, and can either support them or can accelerate their deterioration.
Caring for people with Dementia is a specialised area, and with the increasing prevalence, providers (residential and community) are being challenged to develop a level of speciality that they may or may not have the capacity to do without appropriate knowledge, support and vision. For architects, designers and specifiers, the challenge lies in creating spaces that are safer and can cater for the inevitable rise in dementia patients. As one of the most consistently used and also potentially hazardous areas of any home or facility, the design of the bathroom is crucial to a successful dementia-friendly project.
Enware has over 14 years’ experience creating specialist bathroom solutions for the dementia sector. With a wide range of dedicated bathroom products specifically designed for the aged care environment, twinned with a deep pool of knowledge in design, ergonomics and disability, Enware is well placed to service the growing dementia sector.
The experience Enware has gained from dementia and aged care projects allows for practical and grounded results that will make a positive difference to the quality of life of dementia patients.