Modern wet room for independent living with shower seat

Care and Retirement Homes

Whether you’re specifying bathrooms for a new retirement home development, or you’re working on a project to refurbish an existing care home, accessibility and appearance are key considerations. That’s why wetrooms are an ideal choice in this sector - since they allow you to create beautiful bathrooms that are also suitable for people with limited mobility.

Improvements in healthcare and lifestyles mean that the UK's population is getting older. According to the Office for National Statistics, 18% of the population was aged 65 or over in 2016, and projections indicate that by 2036 this figure could rise to more than 25%.

As these statistics illustrate, there is clearly a need for more investment in this sector, and we are now seeing more and more care and retirement homes being built to cater for this growing segment of the population. The majority of these facilities are not medicalised environments; instead, they aim to be welcoming, comfortable and home-like communities that give residents independence and a sense of dignity in later life.

The accommodation provided in modern retirement homes usually resembles small flats rather than hospital rooms. These self-contained apartments include bedrooms, kitchens, lounge areas and bathrooms - and residents have high expectations in terms of design and none of the institutional aesthetic that’s usually associated with accessibility.

Wetrooms offer the ultimate in design flexibility, so they can be fitted out with high-quality fixtures and fittings, while also helping you to create inclusive environments.

Step-free shower access is one of the main benefits of a wetroom installation, while the fully tanked and waterproofed design means that bathing can be easier and safer for residents. Plus, you don’t have to worry about excess splashes, drips or accidental overflows causing damage or creating safety hazards since any water in the room should efficiently flow down the drain. This also helps to makes cleaning and maintenance easy.

Although the inclusion of a wetroom typically increases the desirability of a home, the cost of installation isn’t much different than a traditional bathroom - and if you plan for a wetroom early on in the new-build or refurbishment project, it could actually be a more affordable option.

As experts in wetroom design, Impey works closely with clients in the care and retirement home industry to create stylish and accessible shower rooms that meet the high expectations of today’s retired population.

Our expert team can help you to create beautifully functional wet rooms that combine the high-end design with wetroom technology to help you maximise available floor space, construct wheelchair access and minimise trip hazards.

Here at Impey Showers, we have carried out more than 250,000 installations across the UK,  with projects including the Green Acres dementia care home and Granby care home. Our dedicated team of experts can assist throughout the planning process, with onsite visits, surveys and toolbox talks and we are committed to ensuring the best possible service and maximum benefit from your specification.

To find out more about the benefits of wetrooms, especially in the health and care markets, please download our health care handbook.

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