Care homes could improve client dignity and independence, in effect for free.
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And, according to HMRC, the full cost of those items can be deducted from before tax profits (under the annual investment allowance).
“In effect, a care home could invest in our toileting assistive technology and it cost them nothing,” observes Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions.
“Then add in the other benefits. The investment makes a priceless difference to clients, in their dignity, feeling in control and independent. It helps achieve more efficient use of staff, as they could often be relieved of having to help someone go to and use the toilet, and be re-allocated to other tasks.
“The technology improves client cleanliness, hygiene, too. It potentially cuts laundry bills by reducing the amount of clothing soiled by continence issues, and avoids the risk of cross-contamination from faces or urine when hands haven’t been properly washed. It’s a win:win situation.”
Closomat manufactures, supplies and installs accessible toileting and bathing fixtures, to enable people to remain independent in their intimate care, for as long as possible.
All models in Closomat’s Vita range of automatic toilets can be used as conventional WCs if preferred, yet have integrated douching and drying as standard, eliminating any need to manually wipe clean. Uniquely, its Palma Vita wash & dry toilet- the #1 seller in the sector- is also the only WC of its kind made in the UK, that can be fitted with a range of accessories initially or retrospectively to adapt it to individual needs, and that is supported by in-house support, service & maintenance.
The Aerolet range of toilet and shower lifters are the bathroom equivalent of a riser recliner chair, automatically raising and lowering the user to a comfortable seating height over the toilet or in the shower. Vertical and Tilt options accommodate user’s strengths and weaknesses.
The accessible bathroom range also includes ceiling track hoists, height-adjustable changing benches, fixed and height-adjustable washbasins, plus a choice of grab rails and support arms. An innovative discreet wall track system allows elements to be added to the bathroom or en-suite as required.
Full details of Closomat’s products and services for the care sector are available on the company’s website www.clos-o-mat.com, under the dedicated ‘care homes’ tab.