“Often, accessible bathrooms look like they’re straight out of a hospital. Stainless steel, exposed fastenings and non slip finishes that create an industrial look that isn’t always visually appealing.”
To this end, he and the team at SA Plumbing have been providing Goman bathroom implements, that are made with style in mind – but not at the cost of practicality.
For example, he says Goman wash basins, particularly the Flight range, have a breadth and incline that are perfectly suited for people with limited mobility. These are made out of Corian, and the Flat range is made from engineered stone. With a wide range of different colours and finishes available, they can be adapted to suit any home design.
Hand rails also come with stylish matte finishes, and are designed with fastenings hidden from view, giving a strong focus on looking good that is often lacking in mobility and bathroom aids.
Forward thinking across the board
Future-proofing bathrooms goes well beyond this, as Paterson points out.
“There need to be smaller homes across the board, really. Fixing housing supply is all well and good, but 10,000 three or four bedroom homes doesn’t cater for the ageing population in the right way. We need smaller homes with bathrooms designed specifically for people that have mobility problems.”
This includes creating more space in the bathroom – so people with frames or wheelchairs can get around, for example. Creating an accessible home for everyone doesn’t mean kitting it out so it looks like a medical facility, but it does mean thinking ahead to the future. Anyone with a space that people might grow old in should start thinking about how they can tailor it to the ageing population.