Take Pressure off Community Care and Get Better Value in One
Published by Angela May for Clos-o-Mat in Health and also in Communities, Housing
James Randall appreciates the benefits of independence
The claims that community care is struggling to cope with demand could be eased by efficient application of local authority resources, says Total Hygiene.
The company, Britain’s largest supplier of disabled toileting solutions, maintains one simple element- changing someone’s toilet facilities- could help reduce community care workload and simultaneously deliver better value and an improved state of mind for patients.
The Better Outcomes Lower Costs report maintained that for the same money as having a carer come in every day to lift a disabled person on and off a commode, that person could have an automatic toilet that they can use whenever they please and freeing community care staff for other duties.
Total Hygiene’s offering gives public bodies a unique solution: they can buy a Clos-o-Mat wash and dry toilet, have it installed in one person’s home, then, when no longer required, have Total Hygiene remove the unit, replace it with a conventional WC, completely refurbish the Clos-o-Mat, then install and commission it in another location.
James Randall is just one person who reinforces the benefit of Total Hygiene’s approach. He had been reliant on his wife to help him toilet; her admittance to hospital following a stroke meant a choice between community care staff having to visit daily and help him undertake his personal hygiene, or installation of equipment to enable him to do so unaided. His Occupational Therapist opted for the latter route, having a Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet and Aerolet toilet lift installed in his bathroom.
“People talk about independence, but it’s much more than that. It’s about pride, self confidence, dignity and privacy. The equipment is very efficient and so easy to use. It has turned my life around, I couldn’t cope without it,” says Mr Randall.
Total Hygiene is the longest-established and largest supplier of disabled toileting solutions in the UK, with over 40,000 of its British-made Clos-o-Mat toilets already helping people toilet with little or no help, many of which have been in daily use for 30 years or more. It offers the most complete package of accessible bathroom/washroom design, bathroom equipment supply and install, and in-house after-sales maintenance available from one company.