With latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) predicting that by 2041, the number of residents aged 85 or over will double to 3.2 million, Triton is warning of the increasing need to adopt efficient electric showers designed for elderly and vulnerable users.
The projection suggests that a growing quantity of end-users will potentially require adaptations in the home, highlighting an urgency to futureproof housing stock. While specifying electric showers specifically created for inclusive and multigenerational applications has always been key, it’s important that housing providers start integrating these updates into wider stock now — ensuring properties are fit for purpose in the long term.
Martyn Brown, Contracts and Technical Manager at Triton, said: “It is no secret that as a nation, we’re living longer. However, with this comes challenges. Housing availability is limited and we’re seeing multiple generations living under the same roof, as young people struggle to get on the property ladder. The requirements of the population are changing and for those that are older or vulnerable, products that cater to their needs is integral to safeguard health, safety, independence and welfare.
“This is where specifying items that place the operator at the heart of their design really matters. Electric showers like the models in our Omnicare range, which have been specifically created for people with enhanced needs, are one example.
“These products are equipped with innovations such as thermostatic temperature control to prevent scalding and sudden drops in water temperature, as well as audible feedback and tactile controls — all to help users shower safely. Meanwhile, there are a range of additional features that can add further assurance, such as multi-purpose grab riser rail kits to support people who may be unsteady on their feet, or remote start/stop controls that allow operation from outside a cubicle.
Alongside a shifting demographic, it’s imperative for housing providers to have access to reliable products and services, so that residents are not left without vital shower facilities for extended periods of time should a problem arise. Triton’s nationwide team of service engineers provides a ‘Fast Track Service’ that guarantees a response and visit within 72 hours, while its showers have a failure rate of less than 1%.
Martyn added: “It’s essential that housing providers work with manufacturers to find the best solution for each application. We know speed of installation is a key factor, and with multiple cable and water entry points, our Omnicare range can help make retrofit applications quicker and simpler. Maintenance and servicing are just as important. With our unique aftercare service ensuring our engineers reach all cases within 72 hours, a fast replacement is guaranteed — keeping downtime to a minimum.”
For more information about Triton and its Omnicare range of energy-efficient thermostatic electric care showers, please visit: https://www.tritonshowers.co.uk/showers-taps/care-showers