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Toilet Talk - 2nd edition

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Toilet Talk: Accessible design for people with dementia 

Why are public toilets so hard to find and often challenging to use? It's a topic few people want to talk about but one that is vital to the dignity of many older people and people living with dementia.

Professor Mary Marshall is one of the world's leading experts on design for people with dementia and she is alarmed by how little regard is being shown for accessible dementia design in the provision of public toilets.

In this concise booklet, Mary pushes past the 'anxious laughter' which often greets this topic, and speaks frankly about what good, accessible toilet and bathroom design looks like, and why it is desperately needed.

Toilet Talk is a result of many years in the field of design for people with dementia, and an increasing awareness, often from people with dementia themselves, of the challenges they face in finding and using toilets in public places.

This book addresses issues of:

  • impacts of ageing and dementia on sensory perception
  • reasons for increased need for accessing toilets in a dignified way
  • confusing or badly positioned signs
  • indecipherable taps, buttons, paper holders and other accessories
  • poor or no contrast in toilets rendering their elements almost invisible.

Although this book is relevant for private houses and places specifically designed for people with dementia, its focus is on public buildings. It is crucially important that we make it possible for people with dementia to get out and about with everyone else.

Product details
  • Paperback
  • Size 25 x 14 x 0.3 cm
  • Published by HammondCare in 2019
  • Second edition
  • ISBN 9780648678960

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