The Lucía hydromassage cabin has been designed so that elderly people or those with reduced mobility can fully enjoy bathing. We met its creator, the industrial engineer Eduard Segura, in order to find out details about the product, which is being supported within Fluidra Accelera.
Following more than 20 years linked to Lavakan, a pioneering company in automatic pet washing, Eduard Segura had accumulated the experience and knowledge needed to ensure that his project, Lucía, would be another success. In 2017, he broke away from the company he founded after leaving university as he considered it a stage he had surpassed. A period in time when, as he remembers, he would regularly go to an old people´s home to visit his grandmother: “The inactivity in these spaces made me think about how to resolve the daily problems of elderly people with dementia or physical problems”.
His entrepreneurial spirit led him to act on the idea. He purchased a shower tray, a chair, a head washer and a water pump, he connected the machinery within a box with transparent doors and activated the prototype. When he saw that it worked as expected, he confirmed that the initiative of designing the first spa for people with reduced mobility was valid.
First functional model
With this concept in mind, Segura rented a van, loaded on his first prototype, drove to Sabadell and presented it to Fluidra Accelera, a company he had reached through a shared contact. “They liked it a lot, but they encouraged me to work on it more in order to show it to the project selection committee which was scheduled to meet in three weeks” explains Segura. He made the most of this time to perfect the model which, now, did indeed convince the senior executives at Fluidra, who unanimously decided to invest in it.
If Segura had learned something from his previous project it was that in order to create his second company, ISENSI, he would need to surround himself with excellent strategic and professional partners who would complement one another. “In order for the project to go so well, it has been key to have the support of professionals who can do things that I cannot and who know an awful lot more than me”, states Segura.
Complete sensory experience
About to be placed on the market, Lucía is now a sensory cabin with soft lines and translucent doors that carries out hydromassage treatments with water spray, soaps, essential oils, music and colour lighting, thus making bathtime for elderly or dependent people a unique experience. “The body washing is carried out by the equipment, and as it facilitates freedom of movement, eldercare professionals can devote themselves to the person without fear of them falling during the bath, while talking to them and massaging their head” says Segura.
Respect for sustainability and the use of water, essential concepts in the projects accelerated by Fluidra Accelera, are also present in Lucía. According to Segura, its water consumption is lower than the level recommended by the WHO for each shower: “A home normally uses 90 to 110 litres on it, while Lucía only uses 60 litres”.
Old age with a higher quality of life
The prototype has already been tested in two old people´s homes; valuable market tests that confirm that the cabin treatments of Lucía are very warmly welcomed. “The response was very moving. A woman even asked us for a glass of cava” recalls Segura. “Finding out that Lucía offers something to elderly people gave both me and Fluidra Accelera a boost, in order to continue to commit to the project” he continues.
In order to find out the real benefits of Lucía, the ISENSI team is carrying out tests that will detect possible neuronal changes before, during and after this experience. “The elderly people not only enjoyed the bath, afterwards they also asked to take a nap, which is unusual for them. That is how we understood that the sensation of relaxation can extend to several hours afterwards. However, we need to have scientific information to confirm it” he asserts.
Eduard Segura is aware that, although Lucía could be used in spas, gyms and wellness centres, there is a real business opportunity within the silver economy (citizens over the age of 50). “The European population is ageing and there is a fast-growing sector that calls for new services” states Segura. With this objective, ISENSI is already considering that Lucía might not only be established in Spain, the country where they aim to have the business model in place in a year, but also in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and northern Italy, “where there is greater market potential” concludes Segura.