A disabled artist highlights the folly of hotel room design.

At last some affirmative action on Age-Friendly design.

According to this article from the BBC, the bed is difficult to get onto and has barely enough space to squeeze around. The bathroom door doesn’t shut, and gets in the way when you reach for the toilet roll dispenser. The shower gel dispenser is upside down.

The room designed by Christopher Samuel, a disabled artist. (Not pictured).

It sounds like one of our Age-Friendly Audit reports!

But it’s actually a fair description of a hotel room designed as part of an initiative to use the arts to try to improve life in the Blackpool area in the UK.

Although the artist has designed the room to be particularly frustrating for someone who is wheelchair bound, many of the flaws would also inhibit use by older people whose flexibility and mobility is not what it used to be.

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