Obese? Time to get the right support in the bathroom


Whenever there’s discussion about obesity, it inevitably focuses on people’s need to lose weight. Never is their ability to live daily life debated. Yet being of large body mass has a huge impact on one’s ability to undertake things ‘normal-sized’ people take for granted- including going to the toilet.

Changing a few things about the WC can have a huge impact on ability to ‘go’, and be hygienically, appropriately clean afterwards.

“Think about it logically, if you are large, the additional body mass impinges on the whole process,” observes Mark Sadler, sales director at Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of enabling toilet solutions. “It’s harder to be in the right position over the bowl- front and back. It’s harder to reach one’s private parts to wipe effectively. There is therefore greater risk of urinary and faecal contamination of the user, their clothes, and the ‘bathroom’, and increased danger of a fall as they twist, contort to reach. And if the person is really big, can the WC, with its seat, fixings, brackets, cope with the additional load?”

Toilets, especially pedestal versions with cisterns behind, tend to be standard dimensions. Changing elements such as the toilet seat will help position an obese user in a better position over the pan, and give appropriate, comfortable support to the buttocks whilst they ‘go’.  Alternatively, a commode-style bench over the toilet accommodates the positioning needs of even larger users.

A WC with built-in douching and drying overcomes the problems of manually trying to reach to wipe clean; it washes and dries the user without the need for tissue, delivering a consistent, thorough clean every time.

To help people make an informed decision on such aids, Closomat has produced a white paper Guidance & Considerations for Toileting `Provision for Bariatrics. It can be downloaded free of charge: http://www.clos-o-mat.com/images/downloads/bariatric-wp.pdf.

Closomat is the UK’s leading supplier of toileting technology for disabled and elderly people. Its brand-leading wash & dry toilet, the Closomat Palma Vita, looks like a conventional WC, and has built-in douching and drying; this eliminates the need to manually cleanse with toilet tissue- and all its inherent considerations of dexterity, hygiene, cross contamination. It also means the user can toilet independently, with potentially no carer support, enhancing dignity and wellbeing.

Founded 55 years ago, and still family-owned, the company is unique in its provision, in-house, of design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and after-sales service & maintenance. Details of the Closomat’s assistive toilet care offerings, plus further case studies from real-life users, can be found on Closomat’s website www.clos-o-mat.com.


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