Lift to help reduce cost of falls in care


clos-o-mat james braniganThe £2billion cost per annum of hip fractures1 could be reduced by a more holistic approach to falls prevention strategies.

Research reveals almost 15% of falls happen getting on and off the toilet2. Simply providing a toilet lift would significantly reduce risk, and therefore cut the cost of medical care, enable the user to go to the loo without carer assistance, and enhance their ability to remain in their own home.

Clos-o-Mat’s Aerolet toilet lifts can be used with almost every WC, conventional or wash & dry. They fix over the toilet and replicate the natural motion of standing up and sitting down. They gently raise and lower the user to position them accurately over the toilet as required whilst enabling their feet to remain in contact with the floor and maintaining the centre of gravity above the feet for balance. After toileting, the lift can be raised by degrees to ease access for cleansing.

“The medical and care cost of each of the 75,000 hip fractures in the UK each year is over

£ ¼m. Yet an Aerolet costs under £3000,” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “And what price someone’s safety, independence and dignity? The maths alone makes it an option that ought to be considered to achieve a positive outcome.”

Clos-o-Mat supplies a range of variations of the Aerolet, based round two core mechanisms.

The Aerolet Vertical suits people with good upper body strength. Its integral support arms raise and lower with the seat, as the lift lowers and raises the user whilst giving them the control to lever themselves down onto or up from the unit.

The Aerolet Tilt is appropriate for people with strength in, and control over, their legs and knees. The user simply leans against the seat, holding the fixed support arms and bearing their weight on their legs as they operate the unit as it moves them from/to the vertical.

Aerolets are part of Clos-o-Mat’s package of assistive technology to restore a person’s control in toileting, and alleviate pressure on social care: equipment includes the brand-leading Palma Vita wash & dry toilet, toilet lifts, hoists and solutions for paediatrics and bariatrics. The company is the only one in its sector with full, in-house, support, from design advice to installation, commissioning, and after-sales service & maintenance for toilet adaptations.


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