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Wash away manual handling issues with the wc

  • Angela May

How safe- or otherwise- is it to help someone clean after they’ve been to the toilet?

pv sprayFalls are among the top 10 causes of disability adjusted life years. Using the toilet is one of the most risky activities, especially among older people: approximately 20% of injuries/falls happen using the WC. And they are not all falls during transfer, but often from the contorting involved in wiping- or being wiped clean.

Using a Closomat shower (wash & dry) toilet eliminates that risk. The integrated douching and drying, triggered automatically by the flush mechanism, eliminates any need for manual cleansing with toilet tissue.

“Occupational Therapists often reference the integrated douching and drying as a great advantage re manual handling and user/carer safety,” explains Robin Tuffley, Closomat Marketing Manger. “You immediately eliminate all the contortion and balance-altering processes required to gain access to the person’s bottom, reach for toilet tissue, and wipe clean.

“The carer(s) is not trying to also support from the side whilst they also wipe, which is more strenuous and unnatural- with a corresponding increased risk of injury- than providing support from the front. Potentially, it means the number of carers required can be reduced too- you don’t need a carer to support the person, tip them forward, whilst another wipes the user’s bottom.- that alone can help justify the capital cost and achieve best financial value in a ‘year of care’ scenario.”

Closomat Limited, Building 1, Brooklands Place, Brooklands Road, Sale Cheshire, M33 3SD