Delta is committed to helping people use water in smarter ways. Part of being smart about water in our homes is learning how to deliver it to our families and guests in ways that are safer and more accessible to all. Delta is at the intersection of water and Universal Design.
What is Universal Design?
Universal Design is a principle that ensures access for anyone, regardless of age or ability. It incorporates ADA guidelines with aesthetic values for accessible living spaces that are stylish and far from institutional.
Many elements of universal design are so practical they have become common features in modern homes. For example, wide doorways and open floor plans primarily were intended to allow for wheelchair access. But beyond that accessibility concern, they have grown popular with modern families who want to multi-task while retaining a sense of togetherness.
Accessibility is a consideration throughout the home, but the two spaces that present the most challenges are also the two spaces where we use water the most: the kitchen and the bathroom.
Universal Design in the Bathroom
The same faucet operation challenges apply in the bathroom, where the choice of faucet can make all the difference. Beyond the sink, bathing presents an even greater challenge.
Accessible bathing starts with grab bars. Traditional tubs and showers can be retrofitted with hand showers and flip-up seats that grant greater control and security.
When remodeling is an option, transfer bathtubs provide an easier transition from a wheelchair, with bonus room for a caregiver to assist with bathing. A walk in bathtub or zero threshold shower base offers a flush trench drain level with the floor to make stepping or wheeling into the shower easier. Leading the way in innovation, Delta offers a number of bathing systems inspired by universal design.
Accessible kitchens and bathrooms are vital for retirees intending to "age in place" and households with physically-challenged family members. But because Universal Design provides access for people of all ages and abilities, attention to these considerations can make all of our homes smarter, safer and more welcoming.
Adding to our line of shower systems, Delta Faucet is introducing our new Transfer Tubs. Accessible and Stylish Bathing for the Home.
Shower systems that fit seamlessly and stylishly into real life.
Achieve the functionality of accessible design while providing an attractive, comfortable and safer bathing experience.