Interior Design- Bath Rooms
GONE ARE the days when bathrooms and toilets served a functional purpose. Today, people make an attempt to have bathrooms that not only look good, but also "feel good".
They are designed to suit different moods too! And they actually do not mind spending that wee bit extra to make their bathrooms look like glamour rooms, as they are called. In fact, toilets and bathrooms are used to make a style statement. To cater to such needs there are also companies that come out with designs to suit the modern and stylish demands.
Bathroom mishaps are a common risk, especially when it comes to the elderly. With a little care, you can instil confidence in them and let them lead a life sans fear of falls.
Eighty-year-old Devaki Menon was quite agile for her age until she fell in the bathroom one day. Though she was lucky to escape with a fractured ankle, Ms. Menon was plagued by the 3F Syndrome (Fear of Further Falling) until her son came from the U.S. and brought along with him some accessories which put the confidence back in her stride.
That was about six years ago. Today, what Ms. Menon's son brought from the U.S. is available here in the market.
Most common among them are the handrails and the shower grabs fixed along the walls of the bathroom that the elderly and the infirm in the family can hold on to when they use the toilet or go for a wash.
The concept of making bathrooms safe for the elderly is no longer an alien one. In the past, traditional houses had bathrooms that sported floors with a rough finish and minimised the chances of slipping.
Moreover, ropes were hung from the roof for the grandfathers and grandmothers to hold on to and manoeuvre around.
But with the apartment culture taking roots and swanky floorings taking over, a drop of water or oil can floor even the most acrobatic ones among us.
As a matter of practice most builders provide anti-skid floors in their apartments. Of late they have had requests from their clientele for fixing handrails in the bathrooms. It is mostly retired people who ask for such accessories in the bathrooms, they say.
With the concept of making bathrooms elderly friendly catching on, sanitaryware dealers have introduced these accessories in the local market. Apart from handrails and shower grabs, you have all kinds of things such as raised toilet seats, toilet seats with support arms, shower chairs and modular shelves.
All these products come in handy when your bathroom is cramped for space.
"The principle choice is the product range from Pressalit, a Danish company. These imported fixtures are high-priced. But it will not be long before these products are made indigenously, making it lighter on the pocket," says Thomas P. Kurien, proprietor, Modern Agencies, Thiruvananthapuram.
Almost all leading sanitaryware manufacturers, including Parryware, Hindware and Jaguar provide raised toilet seats, handrails and shower grabs.
A few tips
Bathroom mishaps are some of the most common types of accidents that may leave the elderly incapacitated for the rest of their lives.
However, with a little care such accidents can be easily prevented. Here are a few tips:
So when you set out to build your dream house, give a thought to your parents
And maybe your own self and things to come in old age.
( Courtesy: K. SASIKUMAR http://www.hinduonnet.com )