A wash basin is an integral part of any bathroom installation, and is particularly important when specifically designed for use by disabled or elderly users. There are a wide range of tailored basin options that can fit perfectly within an adapted bathroom, offering comfortable use, functionality and style.
Below are some of the key factors to consider when choosing the perfect wash basin for an adapted bathroom...
Height Considerations for a Height Adjustable Basin
One of the most important things to consider when installing a wash basin for adapted living is the height at which it is fitted. Accessibility is key, so think about how a user with difficulty standing or a wheelchair user will be
able to comfortably use the basin on a day to day basis. Choosing a height-adjustable basin may be ideal to help compensate for a user with a loss of physical function, coordination or impaired standing tolerance. Adjustable height is also ideal for multi-user settings and/or for users who’s requirements and ability may vary.
Reach Considerations for a Height Adjustable Basin
The depth of the basin and the ease with which taps and other accessories can be reached and safely utilised is very important. Consider how far the user will be able to safely and comfortably reach from their starting position without needing to over-extend and risk injury. Having an accessible wash basin can help promote hygiene independence of the user where possible.
Fittings & Tap Considerations for a Height Adjustable Basin
Try to choose basic fittings that are high functioning and easy to use. From taps and toothbrush holders to plugs and drainage, all these simple processes must be quick and easy for the user. For example, a tap with a simple lever movement will be easier to use than one that requires turning. Infra red control can be an easy to use option and thermostatic protection (TMV3 rated taps) should also be considered if there is a risk of scalding or the incoming water temperature suddenly changing.
Safety Considerations for a Height Adjustable Basin
Adapted bathroom installations help to improve usability for users living independently or with assisted living. In both instances safety is key, so assure that the area surrounding the basin is on a flat single level, with no trip hazards and with appropriate supported railing installed. Some wash basins can offer in-built support rails to assist users for safe moving and handling.
Aesthetic Considerations for a Height Adjustable Basin
Just because a bathroom is being adapted for use by an elderly or disabled person, that doesn’t mean that style is no longer a consideration. The wide range of wash basins and other available applications come in plenty of different designs and colours to compliment the interior of any washroom environment.
Kingkraft over a vast range of expertly designed wash basins. Lean more about our Assist Basin Range.