When every step requires careful consideration so as not to stumble, security and safety mean freedom. Freedom from bothersome safeguards, freedom of movement and the freedom that comes with numerous options. A finely-meshed interdependence made up of familiar surroundings, technical equipment and barrier-free housing gives people a sense of security. And that sense of security should be expressed in the design of the bathroom too: for all its technical sophistication, it must be simple and intuitive to use as well.
People who have to cope with physical or agerelated limitations of any kind know just how important a freely accessible, safe and easy-touse bathroom is when it comes to their independence and wellbeing. They enjoy the effect the water has on their health and soul, the comfort and convenience of a shower toilet, the feeling of safety and security that comes from furniture, seating and grab rails designed to provide support and the benefits of good, possibly even sensor-controlled lighting systems. Level-access showers and enough space are basic prerequisites for allowing elderly people to furnish their bathrooms in a way that accommodates not just their individual preferences but their (future) needs as well.
Lecture: Barrier free furnishing: Bathrooms for life
Speaker: Daniela Heinemann, VDS
Date: Friday, 17. March 2017, 1:45- 2:15 pm
Location: Saal Europa, Hall 4.0, ISH Frankfurt/Main