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Going to the toilet is one of the most ‘dangerous’ activities in and out of the home1, for user and carer. Many of the incidents and falls could be avoided, and the user’s independence, dignity and control over their life enhanced, by use of appropriate aids.


To help meet those objectives, and deliver best value for the social care provider, Clos-o-Mat has published a white paper: Moving & Handling In a Toilet Environment.


The paper covers handling & lifting assistive technology for a toilet, from simple wall-mounted grab rails through to track hoists and changing benches, for adults and children, and bariatric users. It explains the principle behind each aid, and the considerations in its specification, as the user’s needs change over time. The paper focuses the knowledge of Clos-o-Mat’s team of experts, pulling together technical information and practical experience from 50+ years’ supply of disabled toileting solutions in domestic and ‘out-of-home’ environments.


“Moving and handling people to use the toilet is a bigger issue than many professionals realize,” explains Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “One survey reported 42% of families with a severely disabled child questioned reported toilets & bathrooms as difficult to use, with 21% specifying lifting & handling as a problem area2. Health & social care workers have the highest number of handling injuries of all industries in the UK3.


“Yet something as cheap and simple as a grab rail or drop-down support arm can make a world of difference to people’s independence and safety, doing something we all have to do, and on average do so 8 times a day.”


The white paper is the latest produced by Clos-o-Mat to facilitate correct accessible/inclusive toilet specification. It, plus others addressing accessible bathrooms, automatic shower (wash and dry) toilets, hygiene rooms, Changing Places etc, is available for download free of charge from Clos-o-Mat’s website


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