Dignity and independence has been retained by 30,000 people through use of the latest incarnation of assistive technology.
The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet saw its 30,000th model roll of the British manufacturing line this week.
The landmark affirms the Palma Vita’s position as the brand leader, and Clos-o-Mat as the authoritative marque for wash & dry toilets: the Palma Vita replaced its previous version, the Samoa, almost a decade ago. Similar quantities of Samoa’s were sold during its production life, and many are still in daily use some 30 years after first being manufactured and installed. The Clos-o-Mat was first introduced into the UK in the 1950s, by Robert Willan, as a solution for his elderly parents’ independence; the Willan family still own the Manchester- based business today.
The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita is the benchmark for wash & dry toilets, being the only one specifically developed for disabled people. It is also the only one which can be retro-fitted with numerous accessories to enable its personalisation to individual needs, and suitability to user needs as those change over time: over 150,000 permutations exist.
Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Palma Vita has built-in douching and drying. Thus the user- or their carer- does not have to manually clean after toileting. On the standard model, simply hand or body pressure after toileting triggers simultaneous flushing and warm water washing, followed by warm air drying.
“The Palma Vita enables anyone who may otherwise need a carer to help with their personal care can go to the toilet- and be consistently, effectively clean after, with dignity and independence,” explains marketing manager Robin Tuffley. “It eliminates the need to provide care support for toileting, for less than 75p/day*. And you can’t put a price on a person’s feeling of independence and wellbeing when you give them the ability to undertake something so personal for and by themselves.”
The range of Clos-o-Mat products and 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.