Design a Safe, Compliant Bathroom Suitable for Dementia

18 Jul 2022 by Galvin Engineering

For the hundreds of thousands of Australians living with dementia, there is a welcome shift towards designing homes and therapeutic settings that both minimises risks and enhances wellbeing. With careful planning a safe, compliant bathroom protects those affected by dementia and also assists them to maintain their independence for longer. So not only are they able to live in an environment where quality of life and self-care are prioritised, but their families and loved ones have much-needed reassurance they are secure and comfortable.

As a fourth-generation Australian family business, we know just how important family is. And we’re willing to challenge long-held and all-too-common beliefs that assistive products can’t be done with a respectful, person-centred approach that balances health and safety with wellbeing.

Designing for Dementia means Designing for Independence
We understand how people affected by dementia want to be able to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Galvin’s specialised range provides comfort for users to preserve autonomy and dignity without compromising on convenience.

Autonomy is a critical part of bathroom design, and the appropriate support to perform everyday tasks is a common requirement for people living with dementia. From being able to easily use a soap dispenser to retaining balance in the shower, the desire to continue with routine is much-needed. That’s why our full range of HEWI products cover all the daily, common bathroom tasks including grab rails, utility dishes and wall hung wash basins.

Simple is Safer
One of the most important considerations for dementia-friendly bathrooms is ensuring there is clarity and simplicity. As people’s illness progresses, their ability to orientate decreases and they can become quickly overwhelmed. We believe in making life easier for people, enabling independence and providing security in their living environment.

Our specialised HEWI products are designed to be easily identified using high-contrast red accents and clear structures. Not only is the colour red recognised more easily by people with dementia, but it provides a distinct and clear colour for people who can no longer perceive colour contrasts with green or blue tones so well. Along with distinct functionality and clever design, being able to find bathroom items easily and intuitively ensures people are less frustrated and also minimises physical harm, even without support.

Design a Safe, Compliant Bathroom Suitable for Dementia

Safety Backed by Experts
For more than 50 years, aged care and healthcare facilities across Australia have trusted Galvin Engineering to provide safe, green and smart water solutions for a healthier environment.

With Galvin Engineering, you know you're getting products proven to withstand the test of time as well as meet the highest standards of hygiene. Everything we design, manufacture or sell is compliant with all relevant Australian Standards and requirements. Since 2000 we have retained our WaterMark certification, ISO 9001 Quality Systems Certification, ISO 14001 Environmental Systems Certification as well as NSW Health approvals, TMV3 approvals & WELS.  

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Galvin Engineering
At Galvin Engineering, we design, manufacture and supply safe, green and smart water solutions for high risk and high care environments. As a family owned and operated Australian manufacturing company that has been around for over 90 years, we have assisted in the design and delivery of hundreds of projects in education, health, mental health, assisted care and corrections markets around Australia, gaining extensive experience in providing specialised tapware and bathroom solutions.Our product range encompasses electronic, handsfree, lead safe, scald protection, anti-vandal and anti-ligature tapware represented by trusted specialist brands such as, CliniLever®, CliniMix®, Flowmatic®, GalvinCare® and Safe-Cell®. Products under each brand have been designed to assist facility managers, students, staff, patients and residents in their day to day lives mastering challenges such as water wastage, vandalism, spread of bacteria (ie Legionella), scalding or self-harm that can occur within various environment.


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