Population projections could mean more users will require assistive tech in the home by 2041
Shower manufacturer Triton is warning of the increasing need to adopt efficient electric showers designed for elderly and vulnerable users due to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) prediction that, by 2041, the number of residents aged 85 or over will double to 3.2 million.
The projection suggests that a growing number of users will potentially require adaptations in the home, highlighting an urgency to futureproof housing stock.
While specifying electric showers specifically created for inclusive and multigenerational applications has always been key, it is important that housing providers start integrating these updates into wider stock now, Triton underlines, ensuring properties are fit for purpose in the long term.
Martyn Brown, Contracts and Technical Manager at Triton, said: “It is no secret that as a nation, we’re living longer. However, with this comes challenges.
“Housing availability is limited and we’re seeing multiple generations living under the same roof, as young people struggle to get on the property ladder. The requirements of the population are changing and for those that are older or vulnerable, products that cater to their needs is integral to safeguard health, safety, independence and welfare.
“This is where specifying items that place the operator at the heart of their design really matters.”
Martyn suggests that electric showers, like the models in Triton’s Omnicare range, which are fit for purpose, are key to supporting an ageing population.
“These products are equipped with innovations such as thermostatic temperature control to prevent scalding and sudden drops in water temperature, as well as audible feedback and tactile controls – all to help users shower safely,” continued Martyn. “Meanwhile, there are a range of additional features that can add further assurance, such as multi-purpose grab riser rail kits to support people who may be unsteady on their feet, or remote start/stop controls that allow operation from outside a cubicle.”