Appropriate Facilities Proven to Enable Inclusivity
Published by Angela May for Clos-o-Mat in Education
One of the Total Hygiene installed hygiene rooms at Wakefield College
Enhanced accessibility- right through to toilet provision- is proving to enable disabled students to benefit from state-of-the art further education.
Wakefield College has just completed a major expansion scheme, including the building of its new SkillsXChange. Included in the build programme was the creation of two special accessible toilet facilities (hygiene rooms), supplied and installed by leading disabled toileting solutions provider Total Hygiene.
Initially commissioned to enable one specific student to be able to access the College, the facilities have enabled an additional 15 or so students to take advantage of further and higher education at the site.
A spokesperson for Wakefield College explained, “ Wakefield College continuously tries to improve its access for disabled learners, and the statistics show our endeavours are succeeding: we are showing a 1% increase a year in the number of learners who declared a disability.
“Our inclusive accommodation strategy aims to ensure that physical access is a major priority in all new developments. The provision of the hygiene rooms has been a major benefit to the students: the rooms are used every hour of every College day! “
The hygiene rooms include space for the disabled person and up to two carers, a height adjustable changing bench, hoist, a height adjustable washbasin and Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet.
The biggest-selling unit of its type, the Clos-o-Mat looks like a conventional WC but features integral douching and drying, removing the need for the user or their carer to manually cleanse after toileting, thus improving hygiene, dignity and independence. Clos-o-Mat toilets are manufactured in the UK by Total Hygiene. Observed Kelvin Grimes, Total Hygiene’s accessible toilet specialist, “Wakefield College felt an accessible toilet with a Clos-o-Mat rather than a standard WC would truly fulfill its ethos of access and education to all, regardless of type of disability: their feedback in terms of the rooms’ usage demonstrates they were right to create a room that was as accessible as possible.”
Founded 50 years ago, Total Hygiene is the only company in the UK that can not only supply the full ambit of disabled toilet solutions, but install, commission and maintain the equipment. In its history, it has supplied over 40000 Clos-o-Mat toilets, many of which are still in regular use some 30 years after first being installed.