Enhancing safety around the loo


Using the bathroom, particularly going to the toilet, is one of the most dangerous places in the home. Making it safer by use of effective transfer assistive technology could reduce the risk, and also help older people stay in their own home instead of being admitted to long-term care.


Installing a toilet lift to help them get safely on and off the toilet, adding a wash & dry toilet with support arms to help them sit securely without having to reach for toilet paper or grab rails, both help enhance safety to get on, off and use the toilet.


The aids also reduce or eliminate the need for care support, and, by making it safer to undertake personal care, lessen the likelihood of a fall and subsequent care home admission. That alleviates pressure on care budgets all round.


Clos-o-Mat is the leading company in the UK that can, in-house, supply and install the appropriate equipment, and subsequently service & maintain it, to deliver ongoing reliability.


“The bathroom is actually one of the most dangerous rooms in the home!”, says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “According to research1, 14% of injuries occur whilst using the toilet, and for people over 85, more than half their injuries happen near the toilet. Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people and a major precipitant in their moving from home to nursing or residential care2.


“Assistive technology that makes life safer for our older generation has a hidden cost benefit too: it helps maintain their independence and dignity, which in turn enhances their feeling of wellbeing. That further benefits health budgets! We just care about making it safer and enabling people to undertake their personal care with dignity and hygiene; that doing so alleviates pressure on public funds is an added bonus!”


Clos-o-Mat’s Aerolet toilet lift can be fitted over most WCs. Push-button control enables the user to be gently lowered and raised over the toilet as required whilst keeping them balanced and feet in contact with the floor. Tilt and Vertical options accommodate user needs, whether upper body weakness or lower body rigidity.


The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet had built-in douching and drying, so there’s no need to stretch, reach, twist to wipe clean. It can be specified with integrated arms to provide close support, or with an Aerolet over.


The Clos-o-Mat Lima Lifter in one unit delivers the individual benefits of an Aerolet and Palma Vita. Fully height-adjustable, the Lima Lift can be lowered and raised to help the user get on and off, or, in a multi-user environment, to be adjusted to individual preference.


Price comparisons by Clos-o-Mat reveal that the cost of even the most expensive combination is amortised in approximately 6 months of providing care worker home help for toilet duties3.


Since Clos-o-Mat first began 56 years ago, it has sold over 55,000 wash & dry toilets, fitted in locations from people’s homes through to shopping centres and tourist attractions: there are even several on tall ships!


Clos-o-Mat is unique in its provision, in-house, of design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and after-sales service & maintenance.


Details of the Palma Vita, Clos-o-mat’s additional assistive toilet technologies, plus further case studies from real-life users, can be found on Clos-o-Mat’s website www.clos-o-mat.com.


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