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More than 100,000 people in Britain currently are amputees. The majority of limb loss is through diabetes, with new research showing that figure is now at record levels: 135 each week!
An innovative aid is helping many regain independence, and dignity-in the toilet. The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet, and Aerolet toilet lift, can be used together, or independently, to help amputees go to the toilet without reliance on a carer for support or cleanliness.
Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Palma Vita has built-in douching and drying. So there is no need to wipe clean afterwards. A raft of accessories, including arm supports, touch-sensitive and infra-red operating switches, further extend the user’s non-reliance on a carer.
Aerolet toilet lifts fix over the toilet and replicate the natural motion of standing up and sitting down. They gently raise and lower the user to position them accurately over the toilet as required whilst enabling their feet to remain in contact with the floor and maintaining the centre of gravity above the feet for balance. After toileting, the lift can be raised by degrees to ease access for cleansing.
“Home assessments can sometimes overlook this very personal daily function,” explains Ray Edwards MBE, founder of leading amputation charity Limbcare (www.limbcare.org). “Or there is an assumption that if someone is around, be it a family member or care worker, they will help. Unless you have lost a limb, you don’t fully appreciate how much having to rely on someone help you go to the loo impacts on your self-worth, your dignity and independence.”
Former physiotherapist Neil McCarthy, who had a leg amputated as a result of diabetes, and has a Clos-o-Mat with optional arm supports, reinforces Ray’s point. He says, “It has given me back my independence. However much you love someone, it’s not nice having to take them to the toilet and clean them afterwards. Before, if I had tried to ‘go’ on my own, I would have fallen off the toilet when I tried to clean myself. The Clos-o-Mat cleans me, and the arms mean I have additional support if I need it.”
Family-owned Clos-o-Mat is Britain’s market leader in sales, service & support of toilets and bathroom assistive technology that delivers control, hygiene and independence at home and away. The Palma Vita is the only unit of its kind developed specifically for disabled people. It is also the only one that can be tailored to individual needs, be it at the outset, and as needs change over time, with a range of accessories.
Founded over 50 years ago, Clos-o-Mat is unique in its field, in that manufactures in the UK, and also provides design advice, sales, technical and subsequent service & maintenance support, in-house. Since the company was established, more than 50,000 Clos-o-Mats have been installed, helping their users have dignity, independence and consistent cleanliness in their personal hygiene.
Details of all the products, options, plus further case studies from real-life users, can be found on Clos-o-Mat’s website www.clos-o-mat.com.