Armitage Shanks enhances DOC M offering to better support people with sight loss and dementia

Occupational therapists help to create most-inclusive solutions for care sector washrooms

The colour red is more easily seen by people with dementia and sight loss

Armitage Shanks has enhanced its commercial washroom solutions DOC M package in the light of new research around sight loss and dementia.

For the last few decades, the company has worked closely with occupational therapists to create the most-inclusive solutions which guarantee compliance in commercial and residential care sector washrooms.

Now, the manufacturer has adapted its DOC M offering to comprise more visually-distinctive products.

Due to the colour’s optimum visual properties, Armitage Shanks’s easy-to-specify DOC M packages now include red toilet seats, hinged arms, toilet roll holders and back rests.

The products, suitable for residential care, hospitality, leisure and office environments, are all quick to install and maximise accessibility for those suffering from sight loss and dementia.

At the same time, they also help ensure building owners comply with legislation and maintain high levels of hygiene.

Tony Rheinberg, senior sector marketing manager at Armitage Shanks, said: “Our DOC M package was pioneering when it was first released and we’re extremely proud to have created a solution which supports thousands of vulnerable people in the UK who need it.

“At the same time, we’re constantly researching new areas for insight with experts at the forefront of their fields which will allow us to enhance our offering to better suit the needs of disabled people and those who cater for them.

“Through our work with occupational therapists, we’ve identified the colour red as being the most effective in helping boost confidence within inclusive washrooms.”

Kate Sheehan, an occupational therapist and firector of The OT Service, added: “All over the world we associate red with warning and danger, as we are can see it more clearly than other colours. This is because red light is scattered the least by air molecules.

“Recent evidence suggests that red can help people with dementia and sight loss recognise and navigate different rooms and environments. It has also been proven to promote continence in some cases.”

Armitage Shanks revamped DOC M offering also includes new, easy-to-install, exposed shower packs within the range which guarantee compliance in facilities with inclusive wetrooms.

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