Prevention of falls in the toilet environment

S.N. Buzink, J.F.M. Molenbroek, R. Bruin, de, E.M. Haagsman, T. Groothuizen

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Falls are a big concern that can influence the life and wellbeing of elderly people considerably. A research and design project was initiated to develop a solution to prevent falls in the toilet environment. This was done as part of the Friendly Rest Room (FRR) project, which focuses on designing better suiting (semi-)public toilet facilities for elderly people and the handicapped. Various investigations resulted in a set of recommendations for fall preventive measures in the toilet environment as a whole. The largest number of potential hazardous basic toilet actions is performed in the vicinity of the toilet bowl. The conceptual design developed next, offers the user support in that area in an innovative and appropriate way. The design consists of various components; together providing a fine-tuned allin- one support solution with an inviting appeal, representing luxury, serenity and hygiene. The next step to be taken is to perform usability tests with the design as a whole, to verify the ideas and design decisions that lead to the design. Several elementary aspects have been implemented in FRR prototypes. The results of usability tests with these functional FRR prototypes look affirmative and promising.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings IEA2006: Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics
EditorsR.N. Pikaar, E.A.P. Koningsveld, P.J.M. Settels
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherElsevier
Pages4585-4591
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event16th IEA World Congress on Ergonomics - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 10 Jul 200614 Jul 2006

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Conference16th IEA World Congress on Ergonomics
CountryNetherlands
CityMaastricht
Period10/07/0614/07/06

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Buzink, S. N., Molenbroek, J. F. M., Bruin, de, R., Haagsman, E. M., & Groothuizen, T. (2006). Prevention of falls in the toilet environment. In R. N. Pikaar, E. A. P. Koningsveld, & P. J. M. Settels (Eds.), Proceedings IEA2006: Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics (pp. 4585-4591). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Buzink, S.N. ; Molenbroek, J.F.M. ; Bruin, de, R. ; Haagsman, E.M. ; Groothuizen, T. / Prevention of falls in the toilet environment. Proceedings IEA2006: Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics. editor / R.N. Pikaar ; E.A.P. Koningsveld ; P.J.M. Settels. Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2006. pp. 4585-4591
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Prevention of falls in the toilet environment. / Buzink, S.N.; Molenbroek, J.F.M.; Bruin, de, R.; Haagsman, E.M.; Groothuizen, T.

Proceedings IEA2006: Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics. ed. / R.N. Pikaar; E.A.P. Koningsveld; P.J.M. Settels. Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2006. p. 4585-4591.

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Buzink SN, Molenbroek JFM, Bruin, de R, Haagsman EM, Groothuizen T. Prevention of falls in the toilet environment. In Pikaar RN, Koningsveld EAP, Settels PJM, editors, Proceedings IEA2006: Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 2006. p. 4585-4591