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  • Hoisting compliance with lifetime homes

    With the continuing emphasis o n giving people the ability to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, housebuilders are being offered a new resource Accessible Bathroomto create lifetime homes- friendly bathrooms.

    Under updated design criteria for lifetime homes, bathrooms should be designed to be accessible, and provision should be made for the structure to be able to accommodate any future provision of a ceiling hoist, particularly between bedroom m and bathroom.

    To help architects, social housing providers and builders get it right from the outset, Clos-o-Mat- Britain’s leader in the provision of disabled and elderly toilet solutions in and out of the home- has produced a new white paper- Design Guidance & Considerations for a Domestic Accessible Toilet/Wetroom.

    The white paper covers everything from adequate space to manoeuvre a wheelchair through the role of colour and texture to the structural considerations to accommodate personal care assistive technology.

    “Our population is ageing and growing heavier. We already have over 1/4million people who cannot move around their home, so the role of ceiling hoists in domestic environments is only going to grow,” says Clos-o-Mat moving & handling expert Kelvin Grimes.

    “Yet a little thought at the design stage makes it much easier to adapt the home as the occupant’s needs change, even something as simple as peninsular location of the toilet, and makes the whole process as easy as possible. And, if required, we can supply, install, commission and service/maintain the equipment too, so customers have the reassurance of one, experienced point of contact for the whole process.”

     

    The white paper is available for download, alongside a raft of CAD blocks for domestic and commercial toilet and washroom environments, and associated technical data, at Clos-o-Mat’s website here.

  • Toilet education

    Continence in schools, and toilet provision, are growing issues. Research has shown that more than half of teachers questioned reported seeing more children starting school with continence problems, yet were unsure how to deal with it. Further, in a competition on the ideal school, toilets were mentioned in almost every one of the 15,000 entries.

    Over the summer recess, improving school toilets, and particularly hygiene room provision, is a cost-effective way of addressing the issues. Something is simple as changing a conventional WC for a ‘wash and dry’ toilet will help deliver consistent cleanliness after any little ‘accidents’, with optimum privacy and independence for the child.

    “There is actually no legislation governing cleaning and maintenance of school toilets, nor the provision of the necessary accessories- supply of toilet paper, soap etc,” observed Kelvin Grimes, ‘away from home’ toilet project manager at Clos-o-Mat. “Yet it is even more important than ever: there are more children with special needs, more are in mainstream schools, and there is growing incidence of lack of continence among able children. If there is even just one WC in the school that is a wash and dry toilet, teachers have an appropriate facility to help all the children be properly clean after an accident, without any worries about wiping clean with toilet paper, hand-washing, faecal contamination.”

  • Core solution for disabled needs ‘away from home’

    A new Changing Places assisted accessible toilet is addressing local The Coreaccessibility needs in the heart of England.

    Solihull Council has opened the facility in The Core, the town’s former Central Library and Arts Complex building, refurbished as part of the Council’s strategy to co-locate and improve services for residents.

    Supplied by Britain’s leading Changing Places company, Clos-o-Mat, and installed by GTH Construction, the additional equipment ensures people who need extra help with personal care can deal with their hygiene requirements comfortably and safely 

    A Solihull Council spokesperson said, “The Core is Solihull’s flagship community building. It is home to a library, theatre, art gallery, café bars, Solihull Connect walk-in centre, a community advice hub, and a number of voluntary and community sector organisations. It’s really important that we accommodate the needs of all our visitors; the Changing Places facility enables visitors with disabilities to enjoys days out with their carers and families". 

    The Changing Places toilet in The Core compliments another already in the town centre, in the nearby Touchwood Shopping Centre, also supplied by Clos-o-Mat. Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s dedicated Changing Places project manager, “ Solihull has been rated the best place to live in England. With two new Changing Places in the town centre, it certainly ranks highly for accessibility.”

  • Improve safety and enhance quality of life for both residents and staff

    GlenashlingIn the past two years, care home providers reported 11,000 work related accidents in the UK. People handling is the most common cause of injury to staff, and low falls causing five fatalities and over 150 major injuries to residents*. Yet many of these injuries to both residents and staff in care homes could potentially be avoided, for as little as £2.50/day 

    “The transfer of residents from wheelchairs, or helping them transfer from a walking frame, to the toilet, is among one of the riskiest procedures because of the bilateral movement involved, and it is a procedure undertaken more than any other in the day: the average person goes to the toilet up to eight times a day! ,” explains Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leader in toileting solutions for disabled and elderly. “Relevant lifting equipment, such as an Aerolet toilet lifter, could actually help save residents’ lives, and reduce risk to both residents and staff. 

    Adds Robin, “Equipment such as the Aerolet, which help restore some or all of a person’s independence when toileting have the added, psychological and ‘beyond price’ benefits of enhancing the resident’s dignity, and reducing the carer’s provision of assistance in a basic, private function.”

  • All inclusive in the loo

    The advent of a new concept in ‘away from home’ accessible toileting has prompted industry expert Clos-o-Mat to help specifiers by publishing advisory guidance.

    Space to Change Typical LayoutThe white paper- “Considerations in the Provision of Space to Change Wheelchair Accessible Toilets”- has been written by Clos-o-Mat to clarify how the new facility sits within current legislation and good practice, between conventional wheelchair-accessible (Document M type) toilets and the ‘bigger and better’ Changing Places assisted accessible rooms.

    The document covers the rationale behind Space to Change, the technical requirements, and how those integrate into Building Regulations Approved Document M, BS8300:2009, the Equality Act and even the sector-specific Department of Health Health Building Note 00-02.

    “Space to Change enables venues that are limited financially and/or on space to meet the needs of up to three million British children and adults* who need changing and lifting facilities for their personal hygiene. It builds on the standard wheelchair-accessible toilet which should always be provided, even if no other toilet facilities are, and ensures that even within 7.5m2, the toilet needs of almost everyone are addressed,” explains Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “But it is a new concept. As the expert in toileting provision at home and away for disabled people, we are ideally positioned top help specifiers- architects, customer services managers, facilities managers, contractors- understand the why’s and wherefore’s of a Space to Change provision.”

    The white paper can be downloaded free of charge here.

    Supporting white papers on general accessible toileting away from home, hygiene rooms, Changing Places, and sector-specific transport, leisure and healthcare are also available at the same link. The Clos-o-Mat website also hosts CAD blocks, typical layouts and technical data for all the ‘away from home’ toilet facilities.

    Clos-o-Mat, founded 55 years ago and family-owned, is unique in being able to offer, in-house, design advice, supply, install, commissioning and ongoing service/maintenance, backed up by in-house project management of accessible ‘away from home’ toilets and washrooms. It is also the brand leader in the provision and maintenance of accessible bathroom fixtures in domestic, residential and nursing care settings.

  • Hoist accessibility to increase bookings

    Adding one extra fixture, which requires no space, in just a couple of bedrooms could significantly increase the number, length and spend of visitors. 

    St Moritz HoistUnder British Standards (BS8300:2009), for new buildings, a minimum 5% of bedrooms should have a fixed tracked‑hoist system or similar system giving the same degree of convenience and safety. But campaigners say few hotels, especially among the major chains, provide any rooms with hoist facilities, even in newbuild.

    “Families with a member who has an impairment already account for 14million- 20% of -overnight trips! They stay longer and spend more, according to VisitEngland research1,” observes campaigner Laura Moore, who has started a lobby on social media to encourage more hotels to provide hoist facilities.

    “Tens of thousands of us2 can’t go away, even overnight, because we can’t transfer our loved one in and out of bed, into the shower, onto the toilet, because there is no hoist system. A ceiling track hoist takes up no more space in a room, yet optimizes accessibility and enables all of us who need them to be able to enjoy your facilities, and spend money with you. 

    Adds Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of disabled toileting solutions at home and away, “British Standards do specify that 5% of rooms should have a hoist.; they state that the ‘use of personal hoisting equipment is generally associated with accessible sanitary accommodation and accessible sleeping accommodation,in hotels and residential buildings. It is in these areas that provision of a hoist will offer the greatest benefit, extending the range of people that a facility can accommodate. It is an advantage if the design and structure of a building allows the simple installation of hoisting equipment at a later date, if not initially possible.’

    “A full room cover (X/Y) ceiling track hoist system gives optimum flexibility of use, being capable of finite positioning as and where needed, and can be designed so it enables easy transfer from bedroom to en-suite. As it takes up no space, it doesn’t need to be removed if the room is not being used by a disabled person.”

  • Achieve better use of resources and space to enhance special needs provision

    Healthcare managers are being urged to make better use of their resources to Finchley Hospital Interiorenhance their provision for patients with special needs.

    In the Department of Health’s Health Building Note 00-02 Sanitary Spaces, the best practice guidance for buildings recommends provision of assisted WCs with a hoist, to facilitate transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet, and, separately, a changing room with toilet with a changing bench for “changing older children and adults with continence problems”.

    “The problem is, many people using healthcare buildings that have continence issues have other disabilities too. They often cannot stand unaided, or need a carer to help them transfer from a wheelchair to the changing table,” observes campaigner Lorna Fillingham. “Neither of the ‘best practice’ toilets actually meet our needs: we need just one space, with BOTH a changing table AND hoist in it.”

    Adds Lorna, “Disabled people represent at least 30% of NHS users, and access health services more frequently. Everyone needs to use the toilet, typically every 2-3 hours. The Health Notes even acknowledge that finding a toilet ‘can often be a critical situation’!

    “Inclusion of a Changing Places or Space to Change assisted wheelchair-accessible toilet means only one facility need be provided, releasing space and capital for other services, but it would meet the needs of tens of thousands of NHS users much better than the current provision.

    “The alternative we face is having to struggle, and put ourselves and our loved ones at risk trying to physically lift them onto the changing table, or to change them on the toilet floor.”

  • The price of independence? Less than £1/day…

    With continuing discussion over care budgets, use of assistive technology Palma 2016could provide a cost-effective long term solution for many…

    Going to the toilet is one of the most frequent needs for home help. Bathroom alterations are already the most common home adaptation. Independence in the toilet can be delivered, for as little as 75p/day!

    “Less than £1/day is a massive saving on providing a care worker to help someone go to the toilet,” observes Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of enabling toileting solutions. “And how do you even begin to put a price on someone’s feeling of self-worth, independence, and dignity, because they are able to do such an intensely personal and private thing without a stranger’s help?”

  • Special need for suitable school toilets

    New figures show that education providers need to accommodate pupils with special needs more than ever…

    Lonsdale School

    Today, almost 1.5million pupils in all levels of education have special needs, and there are growing numbers of disabled learners especially entering higher education; under the Department for Education’s own standard specifications for school toilets, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities must have suitable toilets, which they can get to and use easily, and schools should include a hygiene room.

    Clos-o-Mat has drawn up a free-to-download CAD for a school hygiene room. The CAD is the first of its kind available, and ensures any new such project is the correct minimum size and contains the right equipment, as laid down in DfE guidelines.

    The online facilities have resulted from Clos-o-Mat’s growing expertise in the provision of hygiene rooms in primary, secondary and tertiary education; the company is now one of the biggest suppliers to the sector, through its flexibility to tailor provision to individual requirements, be it design advice, supply, installation, commissioning or complete project management.

    “There is growing demand from education providers for inclusion of a hygiene room- but confusion over what exactly is needed,” observes Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s dedicated hygiene rooms & Changing Places project manager. “Hygiene rooms are, in essence, Changing Places assisted, wheelchair-accessible toilets that are not open to the public. We have completed so many successful projects in both sectors that we know the key requirements and most practical options for each client’s budget, space etc. Thus we can give a coherent service that will deliver the optimum best value for immediate needs, and future-proof the room for other pupils thereafter.”

     

  • Angling for a freebie…

    Fly fishermen could be in line for £00s of ‘freebies’- so long as they are disabled.

    Fishing Competition 

    Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of disabled toilet solutions, has launched its 2015 Fishing Competition, open to all anglers with a disability. A winner and two runners-up could win up to £1000 of vouchers redeemable against tackle or fishing experiences via Sportfish(www.sportfish.co.uk).

    To enter, all competitors have to do is, click on the dedicated Fishing Competition button from the Home tab, and complete the online entry form. The competition simply involves answering three multiple choice questions correctly to be entered into a draw for the three prizes of £500, £750 and £1000. Entries close August 28 2015.

    “The 2015 Clos-o-Mat Fishing Competition pays tribute to our late chairman Peter Willan, who was a keen fly fisherman,” explains Clos-o-Mat’s marketing manager Robin Tuffley. “As our whole ethos as a business is to improve daily life and independence for disabled people, we felt it most appropriate to make it an online competition, with prizes the winners could redeem and use somewhere accessible to them.” 

                     

  • 21st Century physics equip to answer basic needs

    On-going upgrading of facilities at Cambridge University’s Department of Physics to equip the faculty for the 21st century have headed to the toilets.

    Cambridge University

    The Department, which has educated Nobell prize winners, has turned to state-of-the-art lavatory technology under the upgrade. In the Rutherford Building, it has installed its first wheelchair-accessible toilet, complete with a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic shower/wash and dry toilet in place of a standard WC. The Department has further chosen to add an extended douche, and touch sensitive switch for simplified operation by people with limited manual or body strength.

    “We have a new student who needs specialist toilet facilities,” explained Laboratory Superintendent Peter Norman. “We needed to provide up-to-date accessible toilet facilities at the Faculty and had already installed a Clos-o-Mat in the student’s accommodation, so this met both requirements.”

    The Equality Act requires service providers to make reasonable changes- including to the built environment- where a disabled person would otherwise be at a substantial disadvantage. Under the 2013 Building Regulations Approved Document M, toilet accommodation needs to be suitable not only for disabled people, but for all people who use the building.

     

  • Complete service helps achieve value engineered solution in hygiene

    A unique service is helping contractors achieve optimum effectiveness in value engineering for accessible toilet provision.

    Bullring

    Under latest Regulations, it is desirable that buildings to which the public have access feature a hygiene room, or Changing Places, assisted accessible toilet facility. As the concept is comparatively new, few building services companies fully appreciate the breadth of equipment and associated ancillaries required. This puts strain on timescales and budgets.

    Clos-o-Mat is the only disabled toilet provider than can, in-house, provide a value engineered solution. It can, through one source, provide design advice, supply, installation, project management and on-going service/maintenance across ALL the equipment needed.

    “Because the room is a toilet, there is a misconception that any plumber can fit it. But it contains more than a WC; it has a hoist, a big changing bench, it needs electricity as well as a water supply, it needs load-bearing walls….… if not understood, these cause significant delays and cost to the project,” says Clos-o-Mat hygiene rooms/Changing Places project manager Kelvin Grimes.

    “We deal with every element of these toilet facilities day in, day out. Thus we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure time and effort is not wasted, and the progress of the project is kept on track as far as possible- all key factors in the value engineering process.”

     

  • Stanmore College

    A London college focused on providing excellence and an environment where students can maximise their potential is now able to open its doors more inclusively- by investment in a toilet.

    Stanmore College

    Stanmore College in Middlesex has opened a new hygiene room, allowing it to fulfil the requirements of a specific disabled student who wanted to join the facility, and ‘open its doors’ to enable more less able young people to benefit from its vocational and academic provision.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, on the ground floor of the College’s main reception building by the learning resource centre, the hygiene room delivers more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, and additional equipment. The room includes a changing bench, height-adjustable washbasin, hoist and Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic wash and dry toilet with touch-sensitive operating switch.

    “A disabled student wanted to join the College this academic year, and she had very specific needs regarding toileting and changing facilities. We wanted to do our best to accommodate the needs of this student, and in the process improve the accessibility for any future students with similar disabilities,” explained College facilities manager James Mace.

    “The College has several other ‘accessible’ toilets throughout the site, but they are all designed to conform with the bare minimum of regulations. Including a Palma Vita wash and dry toilet in place of a conventional WC and a height adjustable basin we saw as a better and more forward-thinking choice, in future-proofing the facility for any additional users, and giving them some extra independence.”

     

  • Relocatable changing places

    Changing PlacesLeisure and service providers can assess demand, or address a seasonal requirement, for disabled toilet facilities through a new concept….

    Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s expert in accessible toilets and hygiene rooms, has conceived a relocatable Changing Places ‘pod’, providing the space, and fully kitted out with all the equipment, required for the accessible toilet for people who need the help of a carer.

    Under new Building Regulations, it is now ‘desirable’ to include a Changing Places toilet in any building to which the public have access. Constructed to latest requirements, the 12m2 pod would include a height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, hoist, privacy screen and Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic (wash and dry) toilet. It could be simply craned into position and connected to local water and electricity supplies, to provide the appropriate toilet facilities, to a standard higher than conventional temporary toilets.

    Thus, providers could temporarily ensure disabled toilet provision is met. Also, where a Changing Places toilet is being considered, the ‘pod’ would enable the provider to cost-effectively assess demand and determine the most suitable location, or meet seasonal requirements, without the cost, disruption and finality of a permanent installation. Should a permanent Changing Places toilet subsequently be built, the pod can be moved to another location to address year-round or seasonal demand there.

    “Without Changing Places toilets, disabled people who need the help of a carer to toilet either cannot visit a place, or have to keep their trip short so they can be back home before they need the toilet,” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “A Changing Places relocatable pod enables Councils, leisure operators to cost-effectively meet the need be it for the short term or beyond.”

    Some 600 Changing Places toilets are already open across the UK, with those in public spaces and leisure centres growing in popularity. Clos-o-Mat has a proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, including a substantial number of Changing Places facilities. Its ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.

  • Creating a level playing field for everyone

    The LevelA park restoration aimed at delivering a city centre open environment that provides something for everyone has achieved its target- right through to using the toilet!

    Brighton & Hove City Council has specifically redesigned The Level to provide play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities, including those in wheelchairs. And to ensure children and their carers can relax and enjoy their day to the full, its has ensured appropriate toilet facilities are provided forall-including a ‘state of the art’ Changing Places accessible, assisted toilet.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the Changing Places toilet is bigger than a standard wheelchair-accessible toilet, and includes a hoist, height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable washbasin and Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet. Changing Places toilets mean that the ¼million people who need the help of a carer to toilet, and for whom a standard ‘disabled’ toilet is unsuitable because of space and/or equipment, can go to the toilet in a suitable environment, instead of having to curtail their trip or be changed on the floor.

    Councillor Pete West, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said, “We worked closely with special interest groups to ensure the design of the Changing Places facility reflects the needs of those who will use it. Making The Level inclusive and accessible was at the heart of our redevelopment plans, so we are delighted that everyone can now enjoy visiting our newly restored park knowing that there are suitable toilet facilities for them.”

    The Changing Places toilet has been strategically located in the main toilet block by the new café facility in the centre of the park, and is accessed via a key available from the café. It compliments a raft of inclusive equipment at The Level, including level pathways, a wheelchair roundabout, basket swings, hammocks, a water play fountain and sound play. The toilet is the second Changing Places facility to be installed in the city, the other being t the Colonnade on the seafront.

    Clos-o-Mat is now the UK’s leading supplier of Changing Places toilets, alongside accessible toilet facilities for in and out of the home. Over 500 Changing Places toilets are now open across the UK, the majority of which have been supplied by Clos-o-Mat. The company is unique in being able to offer, in-house, design advice, supply, install, commissioning and ongoing service/maintenance, backed up by in-house project management of a Changing Places toilet or hygiene room. Clos-o-Mat has used its expertise in the field to produce a white paper on Changing Places toilet provision in the healthcare sector, available for download here.

  • Adapt to optimise independence

    Palma VitaNew research shows some 3/4million people in the UK specifically itemise a toilet adaptation as something they need. Clos-o-Mat has a ‘one stop shop’ solution.

    The latest English Housing Survey Households Report maintains approx. 500,000 households with no adaptations say they needed either a special toilet seat or other aid to use the toilet; a further 200,000+ that already had some adaptations specified provision of an additional toilet , relocation of an existing WC or aids to use a toilet as a requirement they now deemed necessary.

    As the UK’s leading provider of disabled toileting solutions, for in and out of the home, Clos-o-Mat has developed a complete package of products to enable precise tailoring to individual requirements, all detailed here.

    Explains marketing manager Robin Tuffley, “We go to the toilet on average eight times a day. Research and case studies show that investment in a suitably adapted home that enables independent living usually pays for itself within a year!*

    “There are also issues you cannot put a price on: if you need help to undertake this very personal task, it has a huge negative impact on your feelings of independence, dignity and self-esteem, an impact that is turned into a positive if you are enabled to eliminate that reliance on another person.”

    Suitable for both an new adaptation, or retro-fitting, the package includes automatic shower (wash and dry) toilets, shower seats, toilet lifts, and grab rails. The core products are complimented by a range of accessories that ensure the adaptation meets specific needs, including ‘soft touch’ and infra-red operating switches, bariatric seats, height adjustability and support systems.

    The product offering is backed up by Clos-o-Mat’s 50 year history in provision of speciality toileting equipment, and unique in-house support, encompassing every element from initial design advice to supply, install, commissioning and on-going service & maintenance.

    * Office for Disability Issues: Better Outcomes, Lower Costs

     

  • Changing Places at the Orangebox to optimise youth potential

    OrangeboxAn innovative project designed by, and for, young people in Calderdale has taken steps to ensure it is accessible to all- by including a state-of-the art toilet!

    The £3.9m Orangebox partnership development* will provide counselling and support services for the borough’s 20,000 young people, alongside dance, drama, sport facilities, a recording studio, café and roof stop skate park. To make sureall the area’s youth, regardless of ability, can benefit from the Centre, a Changing Places toilet has also been incorporated, by the café.

    Larger than a conventional ‘disabled toilet’, the Changing Places facility incorporates a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, hoist and, at Orangebox, a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita ‘wash and dry’ (automatic) toilet, all supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat.

    Orangebox access consultant Alison Grant explained, “Over four years, we consulted with more than 1000 young people, asking them what they would like, and that extended through to youngsters with disabilities, and what specific equipment would enable them to access Orangebox.

    “A Changing Places facility was one of the things they asked for, and specifically with a Clos-o-Mat: the features of the toilet mean they can use it without help from their carer, enhancing their independence- one of the key aims of Orangebox! As Clos-o-Mat manufactures the Palma Vita, and supplies all the fixtures needed for a Changing Places toilet, it made sense to use one source to supply, install and commission all the equipment.”

    A Changing Places toilet is now ‘good practice’ under BS8300:2009 for all new build and refurbishment projects involving buildings to which numbers of the public have access.

    Many venues installing the special toilets are also adding a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita in place of a peninsular toilet. Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita features integral automatic douching and drying, eliminating the need to manually cleanse with toilet tissue, improving hygiene, dignity and independence for the user and their carer.

    Clos-o-Mat has a proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, including a substantial number of Changing Places facilities. Its ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.

  • Morrisons unveils its first changing places for disabled people

    MorrisonsLeading supermarket chain Morrisons plc has unveiled its first accessible, assisted Changing Places toilet for disabled customers- the first of its kind at a Midlands supermarket.

    The new facility has been supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat- Britain’s leading disabled toileting solutions company, in the Lawley, Telford store, as part of a new café and washroom/restroom scheme.

    The Changing Places toilet features more space than a standard accessible toilet, to accommodate the user and their carer(s), plus a height adjustable washbasin, hoist, mobile shower trolley, WC with drop down arms and a privacy screen. Without the additional space and equipment, shoppers who care for someone who needs help to go to the toilet would otherwise have to curtail their trip, or change their loved one on the floor. 

    MorrisonsExplained Frank Cromie, Morrisons Lawley store manager, “We’re aware of the number of customers who will really benefit from the facility. It’s a fantastic idea and offers a far more dignified experience for those who might otherwise typically use the floor of a disabled WC for changing. For many, conducting a weekly grocery shop is a family endeavour which requires the utmost planning and support from the store, We very much hope that this will make life a lot easier for our existing disabled customer base and possibly even encourage other members of the community to stop by.”

     Added Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat Changing Places project manager, “The new Changing Places toilet at Morrisons means there are now over 600 open across the UK in a raft of places to which the public have access. Such toilets mean the 1/4million+ disabled people who need the help of a carer to toilet can visit more places, and stay longer, than they could otherwise do, without the stress and worry of being able to find and access suitable toilets.”

    A Changing Places toilet is now ‘desirable’ under the latest Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013, and ‘good practice’ under BS8300:2009 for all new build and refurbishment projects involving buildings to which numbers of the public have access.

    Many venues installing the special toilets are also adding a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet in place of a standard peninsular WC. Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita features integral automatic douching and drying, eliminating the need to manually cleanse with toilet tissue, improving hygiene, dignity and independence for the user and their carer.

    Clos-o-Mat has a proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, including a substantial number of Changing Places facilities. Its expertise extends through to specification guidance, covered in a white paper-‘Considerations & Specification of Changing Places Accessible Toilets’- available for free download here. Clos-o-Mat’s ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, project management, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.

  • Maximising client dignity

    BonaerEfficient use of Government funding has enabled one nursing home to maximise effectiveness of resources whilst optimising client dignity…..

    Bonaer Nursing Home in Hayle, Cornwall, has a strategic aim to optimise dignity and choice for its clients, and used a Government grant to invest in improved personal hygiene facilities, including the installation of a complete wetroom with Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet.

    “The staff are very impressed, and the clients love it- even our most disabled! We’ve not had one complaint! I had seen literature and a demonstration on the Clos-o-Mat and thought it a great idea; the grant gave us the opportunity to turn our ambition into reality,” says Tony Metalle, owner of Bonaer.

    Previously, the care home for 31 residents had a conventional bathroom with a Parker bath and traditional WC. Using the grant funding, the Parker bath has been relocated to another bathroom, and a complete wetroom with wheel-in shower, bath and Clos-o-Mat installed. “We’ve in effect got two new bathrooms, which improves choice for our clients, and enables them to undertake more of their personal hygiene needs in privacy,” adds Mr Metalle.

    The Clos-O-Mat Palma Vita combines conventional WC with an integral douche and drier. When ‘on’ the toilet, people use the toilet as normal, then trigger the strategically located flush paddles by hand or body pressure. This flushes the toilet, then operates a douche and drier to consecutively wash and dry the bottom. It thoroughly cleanses without the use of toilet paper, eliminating hand:body contact and reducing risk of germ transfer, and carer involvement in cleansing.

    Manufactured in the UK by Clos-o-Mat, the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita forms part of a comprehensive range of toileting aids for care and nursing homes - the Clos-o-Mat Care Package- to facilitate privacy and independence in personal hygiene, including toilet and shower lifters, body driers and a raft of support accessories. The company is unique in being the only manufacturer in its sector to also offer- in-house- full design advice through to installation and maintenance for its range of equipment to optimise independence and dignity.

  • Changing places to achieve inclusive status


    Manchester Town HallThe target of becoming 'the most accessible city in Europe' is set in Manchester with the opening of the local government's first Changing Places toilet.

    The new facility, in the purpose-built public toilet suite in the new Town Hall Complex in Lloyd St, enables disabled people and their carers to be able to enjoy the city for as long as they like, without worrying about access to appropriate toilets.

    With equipment supplied by Manchester-based Clos-o-Mat, the new Changing Places public toilet is the first of several planned by Manchester City Council: a further one is already scheduled for installation on the ground floor for the Town Hall complex when it opens in 2014.

    "The City is aiming to become the most accessible city in Europe," explained Lucy Heald, Town Hall Complex Transformation Programme Project Manager. "We undertook considerable research and consultation at the design stage to ensure the new toilets- the only Council public toilets in the City centre- helped achieve that aim. We found a Changing Places toilet would make a huge difference to anyone who needed help to go to the toilet: otherwise they have to either curtail their trip, or not visit the City at all."

    The Changing Places toilet is larger than a conventional accessible (disabled) toilet, to accommodate the user and their carer, and includes a height adjustable changing bench and ceiling hoist, supplied by Clos-o-Mat, plus a shower, peninsular WC and washbasin. Users gain access to the Changing Places toilet on request, with the Suite team opening it as required, then cleaning it after use to ensure it is pristine for the next visitors.

    Under the 2013 Building Regulations, it is 'desirable' to include a hygiene room facility such as a Changing Places toilet in public buildings. The Changing Places toilet is complimented in the Suite by a block of men's toilets, ladies' toilets- each of which also include a larger cubicle for ambulant disabled people, separate baby change, and two conventional accessible (Document M type) toilets.

    Added Lucy, "The Suite means the whole family has appropriate toilets in the same place."

    Clos-o-Mat has a proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, including a substantial number of Changing Places facilities. Its ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment, including the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.

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