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When it comes to ambulant or care range bathroom suites, it has always been function before form – until now. A growing trend towards products with as much attention to design as to usability is surfacing in the ambulant and care space.

Heirloom’s Graham Rea says this is because the ageing and ambulant population is equally as discerning in terms of design as their able and younger counterparts.

“If I was going to have a stability rail in my house I’d obviously rather have a nice, aesthetically pleasing product that is more in keeping with the décor of my home.”

But Graham says the range of products in the market now has a wider audience too.

When it comes to ambulant or care range bathroom suites, it has always been function before form – until now. A growing trend towards products with as much attention to design as to usability is surfacing in the ambulant and care space.

Heirloom’s Graham Rea says this is because the ageing and ambulant population is equally as discerning in terms of design as their able and younger counterparts.

“If I was going to have a stability rail in my house I’d obviously rather have a nice, aesthetically pleasing product that is more in keeping with the décor of my home.”

But Graham says the range of products in the market now has a wider audience too.

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“Everyone initially thinks of those with a disability affecting mobility, or the elderly, but there are other sectors as well, for example, young children in wet areas in baths or showers and their need for stability.”

In Heirloom’s Sentinel range, with forthcoming releases there’s products that cover all the segments, from the true ambulant products right through to easy lifestyle products.

Graham says that the availability of products in attractive designs means those who simply want added stability or ease of manoeuvre benefits, but don’t want their bathroom to look too utilitarian or industrial looking, can now access this market.

“In recent years we’ve seen the true care and easy lifestyle markets converging – there’s been a move to people up-taking what we call a comfort height toilet. It looks just like a standard toilet – the only difference is the pan is a bit higher. If people have bad knees, for example, then the mount and dismount is easier for them, but the look is just as attractive as any other designer toilet.”

“Everyone initially thinks of those with a disability affecting mobility, or the elderly, but there are other sectors as well, for example, young children in wet areas in baths or showers and their need for stability.”

In Heirloom’s Sentinel range, with forthcoming releases there’s products that cover all the segments, from the true ambulant products right through to easy lifestyle products.

Graham says that the availability of products in attractive designs means those who simply want added stability or ease of manoeuvre benefits, but don’t want their bathroom to look too utilitarian or industrial looking, can now access this market.

“In recent years we’ve seen the true care and easy lifestyle markets converging – there’s been a move to people up-taking what we call a comfort height toilet. It looks just like a standard toilet – the only difference is the pan is a bit higher. If people have bad knees, for example, then the mount and dismount is easier for them, but the look is just as attractive as any other designer toilet.”

The Sentinel care range has four different options that offer different features to different parts of the market.

“They all have the higher pan height, so they’re easy to mount, particularly if you have to transfer from a wheelchair onto the toilet, and they have the option of a care seat, which has no lid and stability buffers. The toilet also extends further out from the wall for easy mounting from a wheelchair.”

Also available are care buttons that have braille markings and are raised above the cistern lid for if you’re arthritic or have limited hand motion; if you have sight impairment the buttons and seat can come in blue, “so if you’ve got partial site there’s enough contrast to more easily distinguish the seat and buttons.”

As an alternative to these care options the Sentinel toilet is also available with standard and deluxe seat options that ensure that it is finished like a normal toilet suite while still providing the extra height and length of a care toilet pan.

The Sentinel care range has four different options that offer different features to different parts of the market.

“They all have the higher pan height, so they’re easy to mount, particularly if you have to transfer from a wheelchair onto the toilet, and they have the option of a care seat, which has no lid and stability buffers. The toilet also extends further out from the wall for easy mounting from a wheelchair.”

Also available are care buttons that have braille markings and are raised above the cistern lid for if you’re arthritic or have limited hand motion; if you have sight impairment the buttons and seat can come in blue, “so if you’ve got partial site there’s enough contrast to more easily distinguish the seat and buttons.”

As an alternative to these care options the Sentinel toilet is also available with standard and deluxe seat options that ensure that it is finished like a normal toilet suite while still providing the extra height and length of a care toilet pan.

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The Sentinel range also includes wall basins that pay equal attention to form and function. To cater to the care market, they have a very short projection from the wall, but the look is stylish rather than utilitarian, while still meeting New Zealand standards.

The Sentinel range includes a soon to be increased range of grab rails. Grab rails are essential for mobility and stability and come in care standard compliant sizes and finishes but will soon see an expanded range to meet the trend for more designer-style stability rails.

This will see different options from the typical 750mm x 750mm at-right-angles grab rail.

“We’ve got a comprehensive range of grab rails: rails with 45 degree bends, lift-up and a wide variety of straight grab rails,” says Graham.

The New Zealand industry standard dictates that grab rails have a non-slip surface – but a range of different finishes are now available, marking a departure from the traditional knurled criss-crossed patterned finish.

“We have a more visually appealing peened finish – it looks more like a sand-blasted, textured finish and some medical facilities, where hygiene standards are paramount, prefer this type of finish because it’s much easier to clean.”

There’s also a move to multi-functional grab rails in the care space. Heirloom have a T-shaped Easi Shower rail that is designed to go into a shower, so the horizontal is a normal grab rail, and the vertical is a combination of both grab rail and a slide shower.

It’s often difficult to find shower holders and soap baskets that can be retrofitted to a 32mm diameter standard grab rail, but Heirloom even has these products available, which is great for those who want to retrofit a shower onto an existing care grab rail.

Also for the shower, seats come in a number of options; the care compliant seat has to be quite a large size and that’s not necessarily needed in all situations, so Heirloom offers smaller wall-mounted, push-up shower seats, and a range of free-standing shower stools.

Graham says the company has further plans to bring in an expanded range of products focusing on the emerging designer care sector in 2019, so that ambulant and care bathrooms will look equally as aesthetically attractive as any other bathroom space.

 

Want to know more about care, ambulant or easy lifestyle bathroom suites? Be sure to visit Heirloom on ArchiPro today or visit their website to learn more.

The Sentinel range also includes wall basins that pay equal attention to form and function. To cater to the care market, they have a very short projection from the wall, but the look is stylish rather than utilitarian, while still meeting New Zealand standards.

The Sentinel range includes a soon to be increased range of grab rails. Grab rails are essential for mobility and stability and come in care standard compliant sizes and finishes but will soon see an expanded range to meet the trend for more designer-style stability rails.

This will see different options from the typical 750mm x 750mm at-right-angles grab rail.

“We’ve got a comprehensive range of grab rails: rails with 45 degree bends, lift-up and a wide variety of straight grab rails,” says Graham.

The New Zealand industry standard dictates that grab rails have a non-slip surface – but a range of different finishes are now available, marking a departure from the traditional knurled criss-crossed patterned finish.

“We have a more visually appealing peened finish – it looks more like a sand-blasted, textured finish and some medical facilities, where hygiene standards are paramount, prefer this type of finish because it’s much easier to clean.”

There’s also a move to multi-functional grab rails in the care space. Heirloom have a T-shaped Easi Shower rail that is designed to go into a shower, so the horizontal is a normal grab rail, and the vertical is a combination of both grab rail and a slide shower.

It’s often difficult to find shower holders and soap baskets that can be retrofitted to a 32mm diameter standard grab rail, but Heirloom even has these products available, which is great for those who want to retrofit a shower onto an existing care grab rail.

Also for the shower, seats come in a number of options; the care compliant seat has to be quite a large size and that’s not necessarily needed in all situations, so Heirloom offers smaller wall-mounted, push-up shower seats, and a range of free-standing shower stools.

Graham says the company has further plans to bring in an expanded range of products focusing on the emerging designer care sector in 2019, so that ambulant and care bathrooms will look equally as aesthetically attractive as any other bathroom space.

 

Want to know more about care, ambulant or easy lifestyle bathroom suites? Be sure to visit Heirloom on ArchiPro today or visit their website to learn more.

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