Early October Golden Years

Plan Now for Retirement Living

Living independently as we get older requires us to do something that we are generally not very good at, which is to plan for the future!

Along with kitchens, bathrooms are one of the spaces you use the most, they also happen to be the most common room where a slip or fall will occur in the home. Although it can seem daunting, making adaptations is an easy way of maintaining independence and helping you stay in the home you love for longer – it just takes planning explains Alan Kingdon, Architectural Surveyor at Living Needs who has over 30 years’ experience of adapting and extending peoples homes


Planning a bathroom can be complex, so rather than trying to develop the layout yourself, it may be beneficial to engage an expert that has industry knowledge of the latest products with installation experience. It can save stress and money in the long term. A specialist should carry out a measured survey and work with you to identify any potential future needs.


Your bathroom should provide a safe, relaxing and enjoyable experience.  However, as we get older everyday life can start to present new challenges and as we become less mobile, the bathroom is often the first room in the house that becomes unsuitable. The typical bathroom often offers less than optimal design for almost everyone! Sinks may be too low or high, baths and showers may be difficult to enter and exit, space and lighting can be very limiting.


There is a lot to take into consideration when planning an accessible bathroom. It is important to remember there are many bathroom variations or alterations available and there is no such thing as a single fix.  We work with each customer to create a bathroom that is bespoke and meets their personal requirements – both in terms of style and need.  Ultimately, the bathroom experience needs to be safe easy and comfortable.  Everything we look at revolves around independent living and quality of life.


If you are planning to update your bathroom, Living Needs offer a full design and installation service and can advise you on a range of safe showering solutions and bathroom adaptations.  Visit the Living Needs showroom on Mill Road, Barnstaple, for further advice, product demonstrations and a free quotation.  Tel: (01271) 374600  www.livingneeds.co.uk

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Easy Access Bathing

If you have mobility issues, learn how removing the bath and creating a large level access showering area can help you to use your bathroom safely and easily again

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Mobility Aids

Learn more about the many products on the market which are of a high quality and stylish finish that help you maintain your independence and dignity for longer.

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Home Adaptations

With over 25 years of building experience, we can adapt your home to make it suit your changing needs. Learn more about what we can do.

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Design & Build

We specialise in the provision of high-quality construction work in the North Devon area, whether you want to renovate an entire property, build an extension, or breathe new life into an existing room

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Care Homes

Whether you need a complete refurbishment or updating of your current facilities, we can provide bathrooms for assisted bathing that conform to latest safety standards.

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Living Needs, Solutions for Independent Living

Reassuringly experienced and dependable, Living Needs is the only bathing specialist in Devon who are members of the Master Builder’s Federation and hold the Trustmark.

Living Needs are on the approved list of contractors for various local councils and housing associations across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

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Members of Federation of Master Builders

The Federation of Master Builders

The Federation of Master Builders is the UK's largest trade association in the building industry.  Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit-making, lobbying continuously for members’ interests at both national and local levels.

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members. The FMB also offers advice to consumers via its 'find a builder' and 'check a member' web pages giving you peace of mind that your project will be handled professionally.

FMB's mission is that "Our construction companies are uniquely placed in the construction market to deliver the highest quality and best value to clients."

Trust Mark: Government Endorsed Standards


TrustMark is a Government-backed quality mark which operates a framework under which 26 scheme operators work in the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement sector, including trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent scheme operators.

These schemes are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. This enables the TrustMark scheme operators to promote improved standards, and tackle related issues such as better enforcement. All of these scheme operators are audited annually by TrustMark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained.

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