With care budgets in the headlines, Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading supplier of toilet solutions for elderly and disabled people, is pointing to latest research by Age UK to show how that pressure can in part be alleviated.
The research1 highlights that the number of people aged 60+ -already almost 15million people- will rise by 5million/30% in the next 15 years. Among the 1million+ people who received care & support services, almost 70% reported the need was for personal care- including going to the toilet.
“For many people, either fitting a toilet lift so they can get on and off the loo unaided, or changing a conventional WC for one that washes & dries them, would eliminate their need for homecare,” observes Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager.
“The cost would be amortised in less than a year2, and be out of a different budget, thus releasing some care requirement to be allocated to someone else in need. But it gives more than a financial benefit: it gives that person independence and dignity, and so improves their feeling of self-worth, in a very private and personal process. It also helps ensure a consistent level of cleanliness and hygiene, for them and the carer.”
A toilet lifter- such as the Aerolet- automatically and gradually lowers and raises the user over the toilet whilst helping them retain their balance maintaining the centre of gravity above the feet. Tilt versions are primarily designed for people with balance issues, enabling them to simply lean against the seat and hold the integral arm supports to operate the unit, whilst vertical lifters are more appropriate for those with limited or no flexion in the hips and knees.
A wash-dry toilet looks like, and can be used as, a conventional WC, but has in-built douching and drying. Thus there is no need for the carer to manually clean the user after they have toileted, and the level of cleanliness is to a consistent, high standard. It also means the user does not have to wipe clean, eliminating risk of faecal residue from hand: body contact being passed onwards afterwards. And clients with skin conditions- haemorrhoids, piles, bed sores etc- are cleaned without abrasion. Clos-o-Mat’s Palma Vita is the brand-leader, and top-selling unit in the sector, largely because of its ability to be easily adapted to the user’s needs as they change over time.
Clos-o-Mat is the only company in its sector with full, in-house, support, from design advice to installation, commissioning, and after-sales service & maintenance for toilet adaptations.