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Bath & beyond

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This June, we told you how to make your bathroom smarter to enable independent living. Here’s something new: a ‘Sit and Shower’ system that can mechanise the whole bathing process, from soaping to rinsing, for silvers and people with limited motor abilities. Designed by Hong Kong-based Automation for Humanity, the device allows the user to bathe seated to eliminate the risk of fall and monitors the temperature to ensure optimal water heating. A trial unit of the system has already been installed in local rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes across the city. “Many people still want to have control over their lives as they age,” Samuel Hui Sing-Kwong, founder and director of Automation for Humanity, tells website “But in a nursing home, you will have to accept someone touching you when you take a shower.” Bathroom automation will also enhance the productivity of caregivers and help institutions that face a shortage of manpower. Hui and his team are now working to improve the design and create a scaled-down version for private homes.

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
August 2018