Design meets disability
Perceptions of the domestic bathrooms have changed quite dramatically over recent years. Not so long ago a room designated purely for functional activity, and the furnishing designed accordingly, the bathroom is now considered a space for relaxation and enjoyment. Those days when bathrooms, homes in general and disability and mobility aids in particular were created primarily focusing on functionality are long gone.
The general wealth of societies and their citizens increases demands for aesthetic solutions as well as improved safety. It also increases demands and opportunities for people with limited physical abilities to be able to care for themselves in the bathroom.
The guiding light
One of the aspects of technology currently in focus is light. Many homes and most offices already have motion sensors connected to room lighting for the primary purpose of saving energy. No real news there.
What is new, however, is using lighting to guide e.g. people suffering from dementia through everyday routines, such as remembering to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. This is obviously important for health reasons and some hospitals have even taken the issue a step further, experimenting with bathroom doors staying locked until the person in there has activated the faucet.