A new Carekit is assisting building specifiers by uniquely combining all the components required to provide a unisex accessible toilet in non-residential buildings as required by the Building Code of Australia.
The Carekit from Caredesign specialist interiors is being adopted in a variety of different applications including schools, factories, retail outlets, restaurants and cafes in order to increase the comfort and safety of people with disabilities, including wheelchair users.
Designed to simplify the task of architects, builders, engineers, plumbers and other construction professionals involved with health, safety and disability access issues, the Carekit is designed from the outlet to comply with Australian Standard 1428.1 relating to the safety of people with disabilities.
G & M Consultants, consultants specialising in the design of schools, has specified the Carekit in several different schools and says that the product provides benefits for disabled children, for example.
According to G & M, the Carekit has several advantages. It is convenient because it provides the whole range of equipment in one box- the toilet seat, basin, pan and cistern, single lever mixer and grab rails. It has everything one needs.
As a result, the Carekits eliminate the need to pick and match bathroom components from a variety of sources.
Because the Carekit brings together all of the basic elements, it is also reasonably priced, making it more accessible to a variety of venues.
G & M has specified the product for many schools, including Immaculate Heart School in Leichhardt, St Peter Channel School and St Anthony’s School. It has benefited not only disabled children, but also the plumbers and builders because of the ease of assembly and convenience of the Carekit.
All of the products contained within the Carekit are fully compliant with the current AS1428.1 (2001) standard, and include:
- Care toilet seat – single flap (blue)
- Care pan and cistern with raised flush buttons
- Wall mounted care basin – single tap hole
- Single lever mixers with disabled handle design (chrome plated)
- 32mm stainless steel grab rails
The standard 1428.1 also requires that when more than one unisex accessible toilet is installed within a facility, there must be both left and right-handed designs, to provide a choice of transfer side.
As a result, the Carekit is designed to suit both left and right hand applications.
According to Caredesign division of Enware Australia, the Carekits can provide important advantages in areas such as business, industry and hospitality.
Carekits can be used in a variety of different circumstances in different industries. They are aimed primarily at providing care and support for people with disabilities.