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PRODUCTS | Multigenerational living


PJH’s RefleXion Iconix Easy Care wetroom panels are fitted flush to the floor for ease of access. There are a range of sizes available


sanitaryware is also preferable in a multigenerational bathroom because, as well as being more practical, they can be installed at a height more suitable for the user. Depending on the customer though, it may also be useful to keep space under the basin free so it’s accessible for wheelchair users.


Specific solutions


Comfort-height and rimless WCs are also a great solution for multigenerational homes, as are shower toilets. Elina Enqvist-Twomey, leader category UK at Lixil EMENA, responsible for Grohe kitchen and bathroom category in the UK, comments: “Shower toilets are becoming an increasingly popular choice in bathrooms and are especially beneficial in properties housing multi- generational families.


“Bathroom design is particularly vital in old age, as it is the room where most people want to remain independent to preserve their dignity. Shower toilets are by far one of the most innovative and accessible products around due to the features that promote intimate wellbeing, hygiene and optimise independence in the bathroom for less able users; from automatic flush and lid opening and closing, to personalised app-controlled washing and drying functions.”


As well as its Grohe Sensia shower toilet range, Grohe also has a range of infra-red sensor taps. This touch-free technology not only makes things easier, but saves water. These taps are also useful in compact spaces as the slim profiles and lack of levers mean they fit easily above smaller basins.


Lever taps are also preferable to 50


twist knobs and Ben Bryden, sales and marketing director at RAK Ceramics UK adds that taps with extended lever handles are also very on-trend, while being easy to turn off for those family members whose grip or dexterity may be limited.


Looking to the future, there is a general consensus among our contributors that this market is only likely to grow in the future as we continue to live longer, and as house prices continue to rise, making multigenerational living more attractive. Although the KBB market isn’t perfect when it comes to catering to those with limited mobility, the raft of solutions now available demonstrates that the needs of all sorts of people are now being taken more seriously.


Steph Harris, product manager at Showerwall adds: “For retailers, although certain conversations can be uncomfortable, they are worth having, particularly now when there are some great solutions available which don’t compromise on style.”


The Priya Deep Soak tub by Mantaleda is said to be ideal for smaller multigenerational bathrooms


The Access range from Roca


is carefully designed to support independent living for those with reduced or limited mobility


· August 2021


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