We were pleased to be invited to deliver a plenary session at the 2018 Royal College of Occupational Therapist, Specialist Housing Section 25th Anniversary event. The Impey team was delighted to embrace this opportunity to discuss the modern market and to learn and gather valuable feedback on how our industry is seen within the field of Occupational Therapy.
The wetroom is naturally becoming the modern way to shower; with contemporary installations in hotel chains and care and retirement developments helping to drive this change. In addition, the wetroom sector has recognised the long-predicted demand for future-proof, accessible showering solutions from the ageing population. As a business, we’re excited to see community, personalisation, accessibility and style come together to allow the creation of functional and attractive showering spaces.
A busy event attended by the UK’s leading Occupational Therapists who specialise in housing and adaptations, the RCOT 2-day event was an ideal opportunity to discuss changes occurring in the modern showering market and how these trends will gain popularity in the DFG sector. For our team it was a valuable opportunity to confer with the knowledgeable OT community and find out where gaps may exist in product design for those struggling to shower with dignity.
The Wetroom Configurator
Neil Whitehead, Impey’s Brand Manager and Kieran Mooney from the product management team delivered two in-depth talks on product trends and emergent methods of specification. Neil spoke about the relatively unrealised size of Impey as a manufacturer and how the company fits into Coram International, the wider manufacturing group which it is part of. This integration with the worldwide Coram International platform offers enormous scope for research and development of future design initiatives on a large scale.
Then followed a demonstration of Impey’s newly developed online product configuration tool which can create a showering solution to fit any space. Launched in September 2018, the ‘Shower Space Configurator’ has already seen significant use already from care home and retirement living providers as well as architects and Occupational Therapists. The tool allows users to select and arrange complimentary showering products, save specifications, download associated CAD drawings and install technical guides for future reference; all with the knowledge that the specified products are fully compatible.
Regularly we gain feedback that bathroom adaptations can be delayed by the specification of showering products that are incompatible or require additional trade input to make safe unanticipated under-floor obstructions. Typically, our EasyFit range of wetroom floor formers boast a unique feature that allows for the drain to be spun 360 degrees, avoiding underfloor obstructions such as gas pipes or joists. This small but crucial detail can be critical in avoiding a delay to works or requiring additional tradespeople on site.
Neil then discussed the necessity for industry and Occupational Therapy collaboration; highlighted by details the recent joint research project between the Impey R&D department and Occupational Therapy students from the University of Salford.
Finally, Kieran shared information about the new Boston Comfort and Safety range of chrome accessories, shower seats and shower rails, that can offer a stylish look and enhanced functionality to an accessible showering situation. Illustrating perfectly that a level-access showering situation can be modern and safe, without the need for large budgets or specification of ‘institutional-style’ accessories.
The Impey team were incredibly pleased to have been present at the event and valued greatly the input of all the professionals which they met during the conference. If you’re an OT and would like to contact the Impey team or put forward an accessible showering case study, email: firstname.lastname@example.org