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    Tailored accessibility products by Galvin Specialised and HEWI

    As the experts in accessibility, HEWI ensures individual planning, thoughtful design and optimum implementation are achieved without compromise. HEWI offer an assortment of accessibility products that can be personalised to suit the individual and tailored to suit specific requirements.

    The HEWI System 800, distributed in Australasia by Galvin Specialised, unites organic shapes with a focus on “pure” design. The HEWI System 800 is the perfect blend of functionality and modern design. Comprising of a number of benefits, the HEWI range oozes high-end luxury complimented by maximum quality. Never has a care range built for accessibility ever looked this good.

    Unlike most other care ranges, HEWI offers bright colours as an optional addition. Products are designed with colour to compliment function. A deliberately chosen high-contrast colour facilitates perception and orientation for users that may have visual impairments. This is integral for patients in aged care facilities, mental healthcare or high-risk environments. 

    All products in the range are aesthetically stunning displaying sleek lines, ergonomically designed systems and attractive colours. HEWI products are manufactured with robust and durable materials such as chrome and polyamide which ensure the highest quality guarantee.

    Dementia - Orientation through contrast

    The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 35.6 million. This number will double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050.   Apart from symptoms such as forgetfulness or speech disorders, patients also lose their orientation ability. For people with this disease to retain their independence, it is particularly important to provide them with orientation aids in the form of clear structures and an environment that is easy for them to perceive. Based on this knowledge, HEWI has developed a washbasin especially for dementia patients. The function is signalled by a permanently attached coloured marking.

    On the one hand this facilitates the dementia sufferer's perception of the washbasin within the room and on other the other hand it helps them to understand how to use it. This promotes functional independence in the bathroom. The markings are red. Qualitative studies show that the colour red is most easily perceived by dementia sufferers. Red is also the most easily registered colour for people with age-related impaired vision or inoperable eye diseases, for example, macular degeneration. The dementia washbasin is therefore also suitable for people whose vision decreases with age.

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