Musculoskeletal issues and ‘toilet tech’
Written by Angela May Published: 19 August 2019
Arthritis, gout, lupus, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis: combined, they affect almost a third of people in the UK, limiting ability to deal with daily life.
Latest data from Arthritis Research UK highlights that, with the growing incidence of obesity and lack of exercise, musculosketal disorders are increasing: some 17.8m people in Britain (28.9% of the population) now suffer.
Patient reported measures prove that use of ‘toilet tech’ -such as a wash & dry toilet and toilet lifter- can have a positive impact, not just on their physical ability to ‘go’ without care intervention, but reducing their incidence of falls (with all its associated implications and healthcare costs treating broken limbs, hips, knees), and improving their mental health and wellbeing.
Further, cost of care analysis- by Closomat, Britain’s leading manufacturer of assistive toilet technology- shows the use of such assistive technology also delivers better value for money: even both fixtures together cost less than half the expenditure of providing a carer to assist with toileting(*).
Former Royal Fusilier Rob Cain personifies the impact. He had a Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet with Aerolet toilet lifter fitted over. “It’s something you take for granted, going to the toilet, yet everyone needs to do it. I’ve not fallen once when going to the toilet since I’ve had the kit. Yet I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a Closomat until about six months ago. Now I can go to the toilet safely, with dignity. The psychological impact on my mental health is amazing!” he says.
The Closomat Palma Vita looks like, and can be used as a conventional WC; its integrated douching and drying mean the user does not have to wipe clean with toilet tissue, with all its associated dexterity and balance considerations- tearing off toilet tissue, gripping it, wiping. Find out more here:
The Aerolet is in effect the WC equivalent of a riser recliner chair. Find out more here: