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19th May 2017
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Aging population needs 'future-proofed' bathrooms
With approximately 3000 people turning 65 every day of the week in the UK, Ripples says it is seeing the demand for future proofing for stylish accessibility continuing for years to come. With recent medical advances and a greater awareness of how to live a healthier lifestyle, many people are not only living longer, but they are also living fuller lives.
In practical terms, however, an aging population brings its own challenges, including mobility. Fortunately, modern bathrooms have come a long way, both in terms of design as well as functionality - especially when it comes to bathrooms for people with disabilities or reduced mobility.
"We meet many clients who are looking to create a bathroom that they can use independently, without compromising on style," says the company's Juliet Harris. "At Ripples our comprehensive ranges comprise easy access shower enclosures, lower baths, baths with a small seating area inside, wet room floors with level access and thermostatic showers.
"Other special amenities include toilets that are raised by 50 mm, which give better flexibility on the knees, as well as wall-hung basins which can be fitted lower to suit the requirements of people in wheelchairs, or for those who prefer to sit in front of the basin whilst washing.
"Ripples has built up a strong reputation for designing inclusive bathrooms, we understand that clients are individual so we listen to requirements and always pay attention to detail to deliver a complete personal service."
26th June 2015