Preparing the ground for independent living
Educating children with disabilities to cope with independent life after school is being given state-of-the-art support.
he Treloar Trust has completed Vision Treloar’s, a £20m project to create one, nationally recognised, educational and residential centre of expertise for young people, on a single campus.
The latest element is the redevelopment of Gauvain House, to create a purpose-designed communal living environment with state-of-the-art facilities- including the toilets. Thus, eleven Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry toilets have now been fitted in certain en-suites within the building. The toilets compliment eight Palma Vitas already installed in Treloar’s Evans House residential unit.
Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Palma Vita has in-built facilities which automatically wash and dry the user after toileting. Therefore the user does not have to manually clean- or be cleaned by a carer, and achieves a consistent, high level of cleanliness/personal hygiene when going to the toilet. Unlike similar toilets, the Closomat can be personalised- at initial installation and later- to individual needs: over 150,000 permutations of operating mechanisms, support systems, seats, douches, height adjustability exist.
Treloar’s Facilities Manager Chloe Stoneham explained, “The Closomats have proved beneficial in enhancing levels of independence for students in Evans House. It was logical to offer our students similar opportunities in Gauvain House, so that we ‘future-proof provision of the most appropriate accommodation for individual student needs.”
The Palma Vita toilets fitted at Treloar’s mean that now over 50,000 Closomats are in place across the UK, in individual’s homes, specialist and mainstream schools, care establishments and public venues. Many are in daily use 30+ years after first being installed.
Closomat has 55 years’ experience in delivering personal hygiene solutions. The company has developed a range of equipment and support services that today meets every need, including height adjustable basins, and changing tables.
Uniquely, the products are backed up by in-house support, from assessment of requirements, design of an accessible bathroom or washroom to legislative and budgetary requirements, installation and commissioning of equipment, and lifetime maintenance. Full details of equipment are available here.