London, UK, June 23, 2014 /PressReleasePing/ - Product designers are fond of using the term 'inclusive design' and it's often misused, but when Opus Bathing's designers talk about it they mean exactly what they say.
As operators in a field where customers' needs can be detailed and specific Opus' designers have always had to think in terms of truly inclusive design to make bathing and showering as accessible as possible.
Rica, a consumer research organisation for older and disabled people, defines inclusive design as “the design of mainstream products and services that are as accessible and usable by as many people as possible,” and believes that incorporating features that help make products more usable for people with disabilities often make them more user friendly for everyone.
Rica's research makes it obvious how by adopting the principles of inclusive design and offering products that have been created for purpose by manufacturers, who understand the needs of end users, companies can avoid potential problems and help deliver exactly the right balance of style and substance.
Opus Bathing has taken this to heart and as a result has been creating truly accessible bathrooms that deliver to end user needs throughout its time as a company.
Providing customers with the best possible bathing experience is essential to us here at Opus Bathing. We understand the needs and tastes of people who use accessible bathing products and as a result we've learnt how best to tailor an accessible bathroom to those needs and tastes.
In the accessible bathing market, where the vast majority of installations are now led by a general need for greater accessibility as opposed to a specific care need, inclusive design comes into its own.
And while there are many mainstream products making claims about their suitability for use in accessible bathing not all of those products have been specifically designed to cater for the needs of an ageing population and make bathing and showering easier and safer.
If a heavy glass enclosure is fitted in a bathroom for an elderly, frail user, or a frameless glass door is fitted in a bathroom for someone with reduced vision, then problems will soon be encountered when the end user discovers that the finished room looks fantastic, but on a practical level simply doesn't deliver what they need.
Customers rightly have high expectations and at Opus Bathing we have made a habit of meeting those expectations – by knowing what is and isn't achievable and advising our customers accordingly.
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