Latest statistics are showing 20 diabetes sufferers per day are now having a limb amputated as a consequence of their illness- and the figure is rising with the growing prevalence of the disease(*).
Almost four million people in Britain have diabetes- a figure predicted to increase by 25% in the next twenty years(*). Amputation is an outcome that has a life-changing impact- even to the extent of routine activities such as using the bathroom.
Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions to support people to remain independent, is championing the use of assistive technology to minimise amputees’ reliance on care support, backed up by some of its clients.
“We know from experience that technology to help deal with daily life isn’t always considered when someone has an amputation,” explains Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “There is, understandably, focus on provision of a prosthesis. We want to help there be a more holistic approach to someone’s life after amputation, in a way that enables them to function, independently and with dignity, to be in control. We go to the toilet on average eight times a day, it’s one thing we do more than any other ‘activity’, so it is a key area to address. ”
Neil McCarthy has had both his legs amputated above the knee because of his diabetes. He explains: “I would fall off the loo if I tried to wipe myself. My wife would have to help. However much you love someone, it’s not nice having to help them go to the toilet and wipe them afterwards.”
His Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet looks like, and can be used as, a conventional WC. Built-in washing & drying eliminates the need to wipe clean, as the toilet does it instead. The addition of fold-down arms gives him further support and stability. “It’s given me back my independence,” says Neil.
The Palma Vita is just part of Clos-o-Mat’s accessible bathroom package, that can be provided as a whole, or by individual component, to optimise independence in intimate care.
Clos-o-Mat’s Palma Vita is the biggest-selling bidet toilet on the market, and is complimented by the wall-hung Lima Vita and height-adjustable Lima Lifter. Uniquely, Clos-o-Mat wash & dry toilets can be fitted with a range of accessories, initially or retrospectively, such as support arms, to enable its tailoring to each user’s specific needs,- even if those needs change with time.
The lavatories are supplemented by aids including grab rails, support arms, shower seats, hoists. Innovatively, accessories such as support arms and shower seats can be mounted onto the wall, or a sleek track so they can be moved or removed as required; they can be fixed permanently into position or chosen in drop down/fold back variants.
Clos-o-Mat is the only British manufacturer of wash & dry bidet toilets, and the only one that can offer UK sales and technical support with in-house, nationwide service & maintenance across the accessible bathroom package. The company’s website- www.clos-o-mat.com- is one of the most comprehensive resources for selection of accessible bathroom and toileting.