Wage bills can be reduced permanently, yet better, consistent quality of client independence, dignity and wellbeing attained by a ‘one-off’ investment in assistive technology.
Installing a wash and dry toilet in place of a conventional WC means clients do not need help to wipe clean. Staff are released for other duties. Clients are cleaned to a consistent level, every time, eliminating faecal transfer to hands, clothing so improving hygiene and health. And clients feel more independent, that their privacy and dignity is not compromised.
Even if just one client requires help to clean themselves after using the toilet, the technology capital cost is covered by the savings in wages in less than eight weeks1! The benefits of the equipment continue beyond that one client, for years….
“It’s a win:win situation,” claims Robin Tuffley, marketing manager for Clos-o-Mat, manufacturer of the UK’s biggest-selling wash & dry toilet, the Palma Vita. “If you add up the time it takes two carers to take one person to the loo, just to help them wipe clean, toilet duty for one client equates to 28 hours/week- half a working day, every day2!
“If the need for that toilet support is removed, care staff can be employed on other duties. The client’s wellbeing is enhanced as they feel they are independent, in control. The equipment cost can be offset against capital allowances for tax purposes.”
A wash and dry toilet looks like a conventional WC and has built-in washing and drying capability. Thus the user does not need to manually clean with toilet paper, with all its inherent issues of twisting, bending, balancing, contorting, potential faecal contamination of hands, fingers, or clothing; carers are spared having to wipe someone’s bottom.
Clos-o-Mat is Britain’s biggest manufacturer of the toilets, with its brand-leading floor-standing Palma Vita and its complimentary, height-adjustable Lima Lift. As well as tens of thousands being installed in private and social housing homes, growing numbers are now in small and large care & nursing environments, including Quantum Care, Catalyst Choices and Eshcol House.
Clos-o-Mat’s raft of additional assistive technology- toilet lifters, height-adjustable basins, changing benches, hoists, and body driers- means care providers can, from one source, deliver a hygienic, accessible toilet, bathroom, washroom or wetroom.
The equipment is complimented by the most comprehensive sales and after-sales support available in-house, including site survey, CAD blocks, technical and white papers for download, installation, commissioning, and repair & maintenance.
The range of Clos-o-Mat products is detailed on the company’s website www.clos-o-mat.com, so specifiers and users can easily see the solutions, watch videos on how the equipment works, and find out how other users have benefitted.