Over 3,500 handling injuries are suffered a year by carers in health and social care

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RAISING THE BAR ON MANOUVERABILITY
RAISING THE BAR ON MANOUVERABILITY

Over 3,500 handling injuries are suffered a year by carers in health and social care1, many of which could be avoided by installation of appropriate equipment.

 

Developments at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s biggest supplier of accessible bathroom/washroom equipment for in and out of the home, mean that, for a nominal investment, the risk of injury to carers- and the people they care for- could be massively reduced.

 

The company now has a range of easy-to-use lifting/transfer equipment to optimise independence and dignity for anyone who needs the help of a carer in the bathroom. As importantly, all the equipment is available with full technical back-up, and service & maintenance support.

 

Clos-o-Mat’s ceiling track (X/Y) hoist can carry up to 200kg (31stone), and can, at the push of a button, be moved to wherever it is needed in the room, precisely positioning the person where the carer requires-be it over the toilet, shower seat, or changing bench. The hoist is designed to support the user as needed, and be simple for the carer to transfer.

 

The hoist compliments the company’s other key piece of lifting equipment, the Aerolet toilet lift.  The Aerolet replicates the natural motion of standing up and sitting down, but supports the user throughout the process. It gently raises and lowers them over the toilet, whilst enabling their feet to remain in contact with the floor and maintaining the centre of gravity above the feet for balance. Electronically operated via convenient buttons in the arms, the unit can be controlled by user or carer.

 

“We go to the toilet on average eight times a day, so appropriate equipment provision is a key consideration where anyone may need help with their personal hygiene. Ceiling track hoists are becoming increasingly chosen as a safe, effective method for moving people who need such help, whether in a domestic bathroom, healthcare establishment, or hygiene room in a public or commercial building, especially with our growing problem of obesity,” explains Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s hygiene room/ Changing Places project manager. “They minimise risk for the user and their carer. We believe Clos-o-Mat is unique in being able to offer not only the complete raft of products for an accessible bath/washroom or larger hygiene room, but support them with a full after-sales package.”

 

Clos-o-Mat has over 50 years’ experience, and a proven history, in provision of solutions to optimise elderly and disabled people’s dignity when toileting. Its website http://www.clos-o-mat.com/ has available at a click everything specifiers, managers and operators need to know re appropriate toileting specification, technical downloads, legislative criteria/considerations, white papers and case studies.

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