Good for all, good for you: the Simplit best practice at use for older people

Good for all, good for you: the Simplit best practice at use for older people

These days most products have a basic level of quality when it comes to such important aspects as safety and accessibility, compliance with which is obligatory according to the different regulatory authorities. With the view of obtaining products and services which increase the satisfaction of the users, the Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) and theUnión Democrática de Pensionistas y Jubilados de España (UDP), a Spanish association for pensioners and retirees, have developed SIMPLIT, a seal of approval which certifies that a product is comfortable, intuitive and easy to use. To obtain this seal, the product or service must undergo an evaluation process which determines among other things, the standards of the product, and submits it for usability testing by actual users.

SIMPLIT values aspects such as the simplicity, ease of use and the effectiveness of a product.

Making it easy to read instructions on appliances or to become proficient in the use of new technologies; adapting furnishings with the height and depth of cupboards and shelves in mind, or improving the layout of kitchen designs – these are just a few examples of how the SIMPLIT certificate can be applied to everyday products and environments.

SIMPLIT aims to achieve a double objective: to respond to companies interested in covering the needs of a group that is growing daily, while guaranteeing that more and more products consider the needs, preferences and special characteristics of the older users.

Through the SIMPLIT stamp, companies guarantee they have passed an adaptation control that endorses the design of the product. Televisions, mobile phones, cupboards, ovens… any product could be worthy of this stamp. It just has to be proven that the product has been designed following criteria focused on the older users.

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