OTs and local authorities help design accessible and stylish new shower cubicle
Boasting quick installation to benefit both users and installers, AKW has launched the Onyx Care Pod, a stylish standalone shower cubicle that can be installed to suit wheelchair users’ needs.
The shower cubicle was developed in conjunction with local authorities, housing associations, occupational therapists and contractors. It presents a cost-effective and time-saving solution for councils, care homes and housing associations through its quick installation times.
AKW says the Onyx Care Pod “significantly” reduces installation times, saving both time and money. It promises a maximum of two days is required to remove the existing bathroom and install the accessible shower cubicle.
Furthermore, the accessibility solutions specialist says that due to the shower cubicle’s competitive pricing, users and local authorities can take advantage of the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) as a realistic funding option.
Stuart Reynolds, Head of Product and Marketing at AKW, said: “Designed with safety, speed of installation and style in mind, the Onyx Care Pod is the ideal solution for local authorities, housing associations, care homes, and private pay end users.
“Its quick installation is a win-win for end-users and installers alike, as the user doesn’t have to wait long to get a bathroom that meets their needs, and the simple installation method reduces the chance of snagging and call backs for the installer.”
Available as alcove or corner shower units in a range of dimensions, the Onyx Care Pod comes with 6mm toughened glass, two mid-grey grab rails and a height-adjustable padded fold-up shower seat as standard. The accessories meet the required Light Reflective Value (LRV) rating for those with visual impairments and are also suitable for those with dementia.
It is available with a choice of either the AKW SmartCare Plus electric shower or Arka thermostatic care mixer valve (TMV3) shower. To clients safe, the shower tray has a high slip-resistance and can also be recessed for wheelchair users.
The Onyx Care Pod wall panels are structural and easy to clean, AKW adds, allowing them to support a range of mobility aids and accessories that can be fixed during or post-installation to user specific heights. As all of the Onyx Care Pods come with duo doors, care-assisted bathing is made easier, providing users with a long-term showering solution that can meet future as well as present requirements.
“The pod is also easy to specify as we have created an Onyx Care Pod configurator, making it straightforward for the OT, specifier or contractor to get the right solution for each end user,” Stuart continued. “Thanks to the Onyx Care Pod, inclusive showering just got that bit easier – and more stylish too!”