Universal Advantage

Ability-based technologies. Ability-based solutions.


A great bathing area and bathing system should be designed to allow for the safe care of all individuals – directly addressing the needs of the individual being bathed and the caregiver. Sounds simple, to the point, and common-place doesn’t it? Well, not exactly.

Advocates of Universal design have compiled a list of principles for the industry to follow when designing products… apparently some didn’t get that memo… we did!

First, lets look at the meaning of universal design – The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for excessive adaptation or specialized room design. Second, Client handling solutions to reduce the strain and stress of human transfer and repositioning activities should be a high-level priority of any healthcare provider’s ergonomics and health and safety committee.

Principle One: Equitable Use

The Design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

Set guide lines:

  • Provide the same means of use for all users: identical whenever possible; equivalent when not
  • Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any user
  • provisions for privacy, security, and safety should be equally available to all users
  • Make the design appealing to all users

Principle Two: Flexibility in Use

The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities

Set guide lines:

  • Provide choice in methods of use
  • Accommodate right and left handed use
  • Facilitate the user’s accuracy and precision ability
  • Provide adaptability to the user’s pace

Principle Three: Simple and Intuitive Use

Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level

Set guide lines:

  • Eliminate unnecessary complexity
  • Be consistent with user expectations and intuition
  • Accommodate a wide range of literacy and language skills
  • Arrange information consistent with its importance
  • Provide effective prompting and feedback during and after task completion

Principle Four: Perceptible Information

The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities

Set guide lines:

  • User different modes (pictorial, verbal, tactical) for redundant presentation of essential information
  • Provide adequate contrast between essential information and its surroundings
  • Maximize “legibility” of essential information
  • Differentiate elements in ways that can be described (i.e., make it easy to give instructions or directions)
  • Provide compatibility with a variety of techniques or devices used by people with sensory limitations

Principle Five: Tolerance for Error

The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions

Set guide lines:

  • Arrange elements to minimize hazards and errors: most used elements, most accessible; hazardous elements eliminated, isolated, or shielded
  • Provide warnings of hazards and errors
  • Provide fail safe features
  • Discourage unconscious action in tasks that require vigilance

Principle Six: Low Physical Effort

The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue

Set guide lines:

  • Allow user to maintain a neutral body position
  • Use reasonable operating forces
  • Minimize repetitive actions
  • Minimize sustained Physical effort

Principle Seven: Size and Space for Approach of Use

Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility

Set guide lines:

  • Provide a clear line of sight to important elements for any seated or standing user
  • Make reach to all components comfortable for any seated or standing user
  • Accommodate variations in hand and grip size
  • Provide adequate space for use of assistive devices or personal assistance

Provide your facility’s ergonomics and health and safety committee with information about MyControl Bathing system. MyControl designs represent cutting-edge technologies that reduce or remove back strain from client handling and bathing process activities. A comprehensive ergonomics and safety program that includes MyControl Bathing System is the best way to reduce or eliminate work related sprains, strains and life-altering injuries.