One touch keeps it simple
Nearly three million people in Britain are potentially finding it difficult to clean themselves properly after going to the toilet. And the number is on the increase….
Statistics from the Office for Disability Issues show that the disabled population of Britain has grown by over 1million in just the past few years, to 11.1million. Of those people, over 50% have mobility issues, and 2.8million report manual dexterity impairments, which could make it difficult for them to, for example, grasp and tear off toilet tissue, or manoueuvre to physically wipe themselves with it.
“When it comes to disability and toilets, legislation considers the physical getting on and off the toilet. But the user, and their carer, will often point out that getting clean afterwards is a huge issue, on privacy, dignity and independence. And it impacts on their health and everyone around them, if not done properly and effectively,” explains Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat.
Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s biggest provider of toilet solutions for elderly & disabled people, says it has the simple solution- a soft, one-touch switch used in conjunction with its brand-leading Palma Vita wash and dry toilet.
“There are already available various wash & dry toilets, which in essence combine a bidet and drier with the WC. But they all require a degree of mobility, digital strength and dexterity to operate- except ours,” says Robin.
“Our soft-touch switch pad is now the most-often specified accessory, because so many people who need our type of toilet struggle to use ‘conventional’ flush levers, push-buttons etc. The pad requires only a light touch, be it hand, arm, foot- whichever part of the user’s body can apply a slight pressure. It therefore also means they don’t have to twist or contort, affecting their centre of balance, to operate the toilet. It gives them the easiest, safest means of achieving a good, consistent level of cleanliness after toileting.”
The touch-sensitive switch is just one of a raft of accessories, that mean the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita can be uniquely personalized to individual needs, both initially and over time as needs change.
The range of Clos-o-Mat accessories is detailed on the company’s website http://www.clos-o-mat.com/, so users and their Occupational Therapists can easily see the solutions, watch a video on how the unit works, and find out how other users have benefitted