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  • Hygienic solution to pupil bowel & bladder issues

    As schools ready for the new intake, they are being advised to address toilet issues over the summer recess.


    Over 10% of our schoolchildren have a continence problem. One in 10 senior primary teachers report at least one of their pupils was still not toilet trained. Bladder & bowel conditions are proven to impact on physical, emotional and psychological health & wellbeing+, and impact on a child’s education: anecdotal evidence implies up to 25 % of a child’s reception education could be missed because they are being taken out of class to be changed.


    “Soiling has other considerations too,” observes Robin Tuffley, marketing manager @ Clos-o-Mat, which manufactures the UK’s biggest-selling wash & dry toilet. “What about hygiene, not just for the child, but the member of staff helping them? What about privacy? Independence? Learning personal care skills?


    “Good Practice guidelines* say that ‘teachers need to find a way of ensuring the child has access to a ‘user friendly’ toilet that affords privacy’. That is actually quite simple- switch a conventional WC for a wash & dry toilet. The built-in douching and drying ensures the child is thoroughly cleaned, to a consistent standard, without a member of staff having to wipe them with toilet tissue. It gives a more hygienic and dignified solution for everyone involved.”


    That opinion is backed up by real-life experience. Tor Bank School, for example, has had three Clos-o-Mats installed. Explains principal Colm Davis, “Our philosophy is about safeguarding our pupils whilst giving them the opportunity to be independent and confident. The Clos-o-Mats help achieve that, give them a sense of privacy and ensure they are clean if they get in a mess. Because the toilets clean the user, they help with their health too: we get fewer rashes from ineffective wiping. It also means teaching staff can spend more time on pupils’ classroom education as they won’t need to accompany them on toilet trips. To me, it is a best value solution.”

    +ERIC Right to Go

    *Managing Bowel & Bladder Problems in Schools & Early Years Settings, Promocon

  • Service beyond ‘the norm’ for disabled people

    One of Britain’s newest service stations is doing “a proper job” in catering for all visitor needs by becoming the first location of its type in the UK to install a new concept in disabled toilets.

    Space to Change Cornwall

    Cornwall Services on the busy A30 trunk road near Bodmin has opened a Space to Change assisted wheelchair-accessible toilet, in the main building. Visitors needing to use it just ask a member of staff, who will provide access: all staff have been fully trained in the concept and equipment, to help users as required.

    And the new facility demonstrates exceptional customer care: it opens just three months after first being requested by a visitor, Rachel George.

    Explains Cornwall Services manager Alex Lawson, “Rachel and her family stopped to use our facilities on a trip to Cornwall. The needs of their child mean they need a large changing bench and hoist- kit not normally found in a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet. So while they were here, she approached me and asked if we could see a way to offer those facilities.

    “Conventionally that would have meant a Changing Places toilet, which would require finding a room 12m2to comply. We were struggling to do that when we heard about Space to Change, which has the same key equipment, but in a smaller space- 7.5m2. We had an existing toilet which could be remodelled to accommodate that, and Rachel was happy with the compromise, so that is what we have installed. It was the perfect solution!”

    Added Rachel, “When I spoke to Alex, he ‘got’ what I was asking for straight away! It will make such a difference to the tens of thousands of families like ours with someone who need changing. Without a bench and hoist, we face our loved one having to remain in a soiled nappy, or lie on a pubic toilet floor to be changed.”

    Space To Change toilets plug the gap between conventional (Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) wheelchair-accessible toilets, and the ‘desirable’, additional, larger and better equipped Changing Places toilet facilities.

    The concept has been developed to ensure that the personal hygiene needs of up to three million British children and adults who need changing and lifting facilities for their personal care are met when away from home, as much as possible. It encompasses a 7m2+ (3m x 2.5m min) wheelchair-accessible toilet that further includes an adult-sized changing bench and a hoist. Under British Standards, a Changing Places, by comparison, is in addition to conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets, a minimum 12m2, and includes an adult-sized changing bench, ceiling track hoist and privacy screen 

    The concept of Space To Change toilets is the brainchild of leading Changing Places campaigners. Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading supplier of disabled toilet solutions at home and away, has been instrumental in developing the Space To Change toilet layout, and working with campaigners and Firefly Community to promote the concept. Firefly Community, an online special needs resource, will drive the movement, supporting campaigners and raising awareness of the need for accessible toilets that include a height adjustable changing bench and hoist. Details and links can be found here.

  • Go to the loo to help restore dignity

    “Would you want your wife or husband (or child) to be wiping your bottom every time you needed to go to the loo? 

    Palma Vita

    This kind of anecdotal evidence improves that one area that impacts on a person’s dignity, feeling of independence and wellbeing, be it cared for or carer, is going to the toilet and having to deal with subsequent cleanliness. And that potentially affects over 3million people….

    Dignity can be restored, and hygiene for all involved improved, by replacing the conventional WC with a wash & dry toilet. It looks like a conventional WC; its built-in douching and drying means it is also, in one unit, a bidet and drier, eliminating any need for manual cleansing, or hand:body contact.

    The brand leader, the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita, can also still be used as a ‘traditional’ toilet, and delivers the most effective cleaning process of its type on the market. Uniquely, the Clos-o-Mat can be easily fitted with any of a range of accessories initially or later on, enabling tailoring to individual needs as they change over time; in-house maintenance engineers provide annual service/maintenance and rapid repair should the need arise.

    The Clos-o-Mat can be installed under a Disabled Facilities Grant or as a Better Care Fund adaptation, or privately funded. The cost equates to as little as 25p/day.

    The value of installing a Clos-o-Mat is summed up by Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Kevin Pointing, whose unit was fitted under a DFG: “Would you want your wife or husband to be wiping your bottom every time you needed to go to the loo? Our quality of life has gone through the roof! The Clos-o-Mat has helped enormously, physically and mentally. We have a lot of friends who visit, and they all love it too, and almost make excuses to go to the toilet when they're here!"

    Clos-o-Mat was founded over 55 years ago. More than 30,000 Palma Vitas are now in people’s homes around the country.

  • Pub progress-es into fully accessible venue

    Pilgrims ProgressOne of Bedford’s most popular pubs is set to be even more so, as it reopens its doors after a major refurbishment that has turned it into the most accessible inn in the area.

    JD Wetherspoon has invested £3.5million in refurbishment of the historic, 150 years-old Pilgrims Progress, creating a 31 bedroom hotel above, and enhanced facilities in the main pub. Those include a state-of-the-art assisted accessible toilet, a Changing Places, supplied and installed by Britain’s leading toileting independence provider, Clos-o-Mat 

    JD Wetherspoon has conveniently located it adjacent to other WC facilities, by the beer garden entrance, and ensured level access throughout. Users simply need a RADAR key to enter.

    “Wetherspoon’s has a reputation for setting the standard for toilets in the hospitality sector. We have won the UK Trophy for Accessible Toilets, and almost 450 of our pubs won at least a gold rating, at the Loo of the Year Awards. It was at the Awards we saw Changing Places,” explained Pilgrims Progress manager Mark Judd. “Changing Places toilets are included wherever possible can as part of our ongoing upgrade schemes. The size and layout of the Pilgrims Progress made it an ideal candidate.”

    Added Kelvin Grimes, “The Changing Places at the Pilgrims Progress means that visitors who have special needs can relax and enjoy their time at the pub, knowing there are suitable toilet facilities for them.”

    A Changing Places toilet is now ‘desirable’ under Building Regulations Approved Document M 2015, and BS8300:2009, for all new build and refurbishment projects involving buildings to which numbers of the public have access. So far, over 850 Changing Places have been opened at venues across the country.

  • Giving vulnerable adults confidence- right through to personal care

    Tor Bank SchoolA UNICEF accredited school is helping pupils with diverse abilities to be as independent and confident as possible, by heading to the toilets.

    Tor Bank School in Dundonald caters for 192 children aged between 3 and 19 with severe learning difficulties and/or physical impairments, and has UNICEF Rights Respecting School status. As part of new facilities provided under the Public Private Partnership funding, the school has had three no. Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilets installed throughout the single-storey building.

    The toilets compliment the school’s eight hygiene rooms, which have a conventional WC with a shower, changing bench and hoist..

    “What toilet facilities each child uses depends on their individual ability,” explains principal Colm Davis. “”Our philosophy is about safeguarding our pupils whilst giving them the opportunity to be independent and confident. The Clos-o-Mats help achieve that, and gives them a sense of privacy and ensures they are clean if they get in a mess. Because the toilets clean the user, they help with their health too: we get fewer rashes from ineffective wiping. It also means teaching staff can spend more time on pupils’ classroom education as they won’t need to accompany them on toilet trips. To me, it is a best value solution.”

  • Honouring changing places

    Would you lie a loved one on a dirty public toilet floor?

    Tony Clough wouldn’t, and his voluntary campaigning efforts to address this lack of toilet inclusion have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with his appointment as a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

    “I am humbled that my work has been recognised with such an honour,” he says. “I am just a carer, for my sister. I see myself as a normal bloke who just sends a few emails and makes a few calls. I don’t feel that I have done anything special. It is however a great privilege to be viewed by others in the same mould as Stephen Sutton.”

    Tony CloughTony, aged 38, has been campaigning for much of his adult life to encourage ‘the outside world’ to provide wheelchair accessible toilets that have space to accommodate both the user and their carer, plus a changing bench and hoist - a Changing Places toilet as it is now known.

    Born in Newcastle upon Tyne and now living in Lichfield, his work began after seeing his mother Margaret struggle to meet his severely disabled sister Julie’s toilet needs when they were away from home; it has continued even while he was personally battling through the diagnosis and subsequent treatment for a brain tumour.

    Now, over 840 Changing Places are open across the UK, enabling potentially up to 5 million people with special needs and disabilities to be able to do everyday, normal things whilst not having to think about how and where they can use the toilet in a dignified fashion; something that able bodied people take for granted.

    “Seeing Mum and Julie struggle on a daily basis to do even a weekly food shop, or go anywhere for more than an hour or two, inspires me to keep campaigning. Hopefully, I can use the honour to help raise awareness, open more doors, and change the law so that every public building or venue has a wheelchair-accessible toilet, adult-sized changing bench and hoist,” says Tony. “I’d at least like them, as a sports fan, in all sports stadia, and continue to get them in every airport, motorway service station, supermarkets….”

    Comments fellow campaigner Martin Emery,” Tony Clough has been campaigning for Changing Places since the idea was first put out there.  In that time Tony has contacted countless companies.  He has been instrumental in the success of campaigns, including my own campaign to get Changing Places at Old Trafford. 

    Tony was the first person to ask Manchester United for these facilities, and when he saw my campaign sent details of the emails he had sent over the last 3 years.  Those emails, and the United Discriminate campaign got the changes made, and a Changing Places facility is now in place at Old Trafford. 

    Tony is one of those guys, that says I can do that, and will.  He never takes no for an answer, and knows a fob off when he is sent one.  Changing Places wouldn’t be where it is today without Tony.”

    Adds Sarah Brisdion, “Tony is an inspiration to me and so many other campaigners. He has worked tirelessly in so many sectors to raise awareness of the issues that families like mine face and has been instrumental in the installation of many Changing Places facilities. Tony is proof that we should never give up trying. Whenever I feel downhearted, I look at what he has achieved and carry on fighting.”

  • Making leisure fully accessible

    A new £8.4m facility designed to take leisure in North East Lincolnshire to new heights, and into the 21st century, is delivering state-of-the-art facilities, especially for disabled users.

    Grimsby Leisure Centre

    Grimsby Leisure Centre is the second venue in the borough to feature a Changing Places room, which offers more space and more equipment than conventional accessible toilets, for people who need a carer’s help for their personal hygiene 

    The state-of-art facility, plus an additional room which includes similar equipment and will be used for first aid, have both been supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s specialist in the provision of assisted, accessible toileting in and out of the home. Both rooms at the new centre are strategically located in the ground floor main Changing Village for the pool, and are complimented by a conventional disabled changing facility on the first floor, and conventional accessible toilets on both floors.

    As a result, appropriate facilities are provided throughout to enable disabled people to make use of the competition standard swimming pool, gym, fitness suite, sauna and steam room in the new centre, which is operated by Lincs Inspire, a not for profit leisure & culture organization based in North East Lincolnshire.

    “There was a desire to have alternative changing facilities, that would ensure the offer for disabled customers was maximised,” explained David Gelder, Head of Architecture at ENGIE, which worked in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council on the project. “The one room is a fully-compliant Changing Places, with peninsular toilet, height adjustable washbasin, privacy screen, hoist and adult-sized changing bench, whereas the hygiene room, which does not have a changing bench, enables us to optimise space usage as it doubles as a first aid room.”

  • Changing places in the healthcare industry

    Hospitals are failing to provide proper facilities for thousands of out-patients and visitors, yet that could be transformed simply by installing appropriate Leighton Hospitaltoilets.

    Some 30% of NHS users in the UK are disabled, and hospitals are the second most inaccessible buildings for them. One in 284 people in the UK need a Changing Places toilet.

    Yet of the UK’s 2300 hospitals, not even 1% have the ‘bigger and better’ accessible (disabled) facility, even though they are now included in ‘best practice’ Department of Health building guidelines (Health Building Notes 00-02 sanitary spaces).

    To help estates and facilities managers easily understand the need, the requirement and the criteria, Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, has published a white paper: Provision of Changing Places Accessible Toilets in the Healthcare/Hospitals Industry.

    Available for download from the company’s website, the white paper covers the rationale behind a Changing Places toilet, quantifies the need to provide such a facility in healthcare establishments, and covers legislative and ‘good practice’ guidelines. Thus the document covers, in one source, all data to make an informed decision on installation of a Changing Places toilet.

  • High st food outlet toilet problem solved with space to change

    ‘High Street’ food outlets can actually benefit from the recent High Court ruling Space to Changeabout toilet provision with a new option in “away from home” WCs.

    Even before the judgement, small food shops with at least 10 seats were obliged to provide a customer toilet. Under current Building Regulations (Approved Document M 2013), if there is limited space, then the toilet provision should be a wheelchair-accessible facility.

    “A venue has to provide at least a wheelchair-accessible toilet, and any business with employees has to provide toilet facilities for staff. Capitalising on that, and using what available space there is to provide one Space to Change toilet, actually opens an establishment’s doors to thousands more customers,” claims Kelvin Grimes, project manager for away from home toilets at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s biggest provider of assisted accessible toilet solutions. “Potentially up to 5million people can’t use conventional wheelchair accessible toilets because they need more space, or special equipment. And they often have a carer, who can’t leave them alone while they go to the loo….

    “A single, properly equipped Space to Change enhances a standard wheelchair-accessible toilet with an extra 5m2, an adult-sized changing bench and hoist. In a small-medium sized outlet, that means there is no need to provide four separate wheelchair-accessible, baby change, male and female facilities: Space to Change ticks all the boxes in one, in less floor area!”

  • Giving a new lease of life to 30,000- and counting

    Dignity and independence has been retained by 30,000 people through use of the latest incarnation of assistive technology. 

    Palma Vita 2016The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet saw its 30,000th model roll of the British manufacturing line this week.

    The landmark affirms the Palma Vita’s position as the brand leader, and Clos-o-Mat as the authoritative marque for wash & dry toilets: the Palma Vita replaced its previous version, the Samoa, almost a decade ago. Similar quantities of Samoa’s were sold during its production life, and many are still in daily use some 30 years after first being manufactured and installed. The Clos-o-Mat was first introduced into the UK in the 1950s, by Robert Willan, as a solution for his elderly parents’ independence; the Willan family still own the Manchester- based business today.

    The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita is now the benchmark for wash & dry toilets, being the only one specifically developed for disabled people.

    “The Palma Vita enables anyone who may otherwise need a carer to help with their personal care can go to the toilet- and be consistently, effectively clean after, with dignity and independence,” explains marketing manager Robin Tuffley. “It eliminates the need to provide care support for toileting, for less than 75p/day*. And you can’t put a price on a person’s feeling of independence and wellbeing when you give them the ability to undertake something so personal for and by themselves.”

  • ‘Whole life’ approach helps children realise their fullest potential

    A ‘whole life’ approach is delivering a best practice solution to helping meet the educational needs of individual children as they transition through childhood.

    East Dunbartonshire

    East Dunbartonshire Council’s Education Service has tasked its build partners to ensure that children with special needs at two of their new-build schools will be able to go to school feeling comfortable- right through to going to the toilet. As a result, a primary and a secondary school in Kirkintilloch have had state of the art inclusive loos installed.

    Kirkintilloch High School has had two Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash/dry toilets fitted, whilst the new Lairdsland Primary School has had a fully-equipped hygiene room with a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash/dry toilet.

    Although not a key requirement, Clos-o-Mats are increasingly being included in school hygiene rooms in place of traditional WCs because of their ability to give independence and dignity to the user, and the removal of reliance etc on a carer or support staff.

    Explained Ian Paton of SPIE, which oversees East Dunbartonshire Council’s PPP schools, “A key element of our work is to pull together everything that will make a child with certain needs comfortable when they start or move school. We will always deliver best value, and best practice in provision of whatever works are deemed appropriate.”

    Gordon Currie, Director of Education & Children’s Services at East Dunbartonshire Council, added, “We don’t endorse one product over another, but in these cases, the Clos-o-Mat was judged to deliver the best value in meeting the immediate needs of pupils moving to the schools, and also the needs of students who may be attending in the future.”


  • Optimising access to customers

    Accessible tourism is a growth sector, today worth almost £12.5billion, but one which thousands of venues are missing out on, simply because they do not have appropriate toilets.


    Latest research has highlighted that 40% of restaurants and 30% of department stores do NOT have an accessible toilet. Research also shows that people make a conscious decision NOT to visit somewhere if they believe there are not suitable toilet facilities. Figures show that for the average business, 20% of the customer base is disabled: there are 12million people registered disabled, of whom 1.2million are in wheelchairs, 1.5million have a learning disability and probably need a facility like a Changing Places toilet.

    “Any enterprise open to the public should, legally, have accessible toilet facilities, and, under Building Regulations, it is desirable that they go beyond a basic accessible toilet and include a Changing Places carer-assisted toilet,” says Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat. “Failure to provide properly accessible toilets is not only against Regulations, but also stopping the venue capitalising on a huge market. Imagine the impact on your ‘bottom line’ just by catering for disabled people!

    “You cater for parents with babies, so why not people with a disability…?”


  • New toilet helps socialising…..

    People with learning disabilities have greater opportunity to enjoy as full and active a life as possible- thanks to a new toilet!

    Reading Mencap

    Two years of fund-raising by Reading Mencap has enabled the charity to have an assisted, accessible toilet installed at its base in the town centre, where it offers a ‘one stop shop’ for support services, plus daytime and evening clubs and social events.

    With more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, the facility also has as standard an adult-sized changing bench and hoist, to accommodate the needs of people who need the help of a carer to undertake personal hygiene. Reading mencap has chosen to enhance its assisted, accessible toilet by using a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic wash and dry unit in place of a standard WC.

    “Sadly, a number of teenagers and adults with complex learning disabilities have been unable previously to enjoy our activities because they need these full toilet and personal hygiene facilities,” elaborates Reading Mencap trustee Ralph Godbold.

    “Often this has meant they have limited options for socialising and enjoying the benefits our clubs are designed to offer, and their carers/ parents are denied the respite available when their charges are in our hands. The new toilet means there are now suitable facilities for our members so they can stay longer and make the most of our services and events; we have a number of individuals who will now be able to attend our functions, where previously they couldn’t because of their need for these specialist toilet facilities.

    “We worked closely with Clos-o-Mat on the installation, as the company has huge experience in the supply and install of assisted, accessible toilets in all guises. We wanted the best we could afford. Also, in our experience, users are beginning to expect a Clos-o-Mat in such facilities rather than a traditional WC.”

    Reading Mencap can be found here


  • Aiming to set a new standard in away from home accessible toilets

    JD Wetherspoon, already a champion in its provision of accessible toilets, is setting new standards by becoming the first major national pub chain to open a Changing Places.

    Wetherspoons External

    The ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ assisted accessible toilet- supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat- is in Wetherspoon’s new ‘The Velvet Coaster’ pub, on Blackpool Promenade. The £6.5m pub has been built a showcase for the brand, which has already won national awards for its conventional and accessible toilets.

    The Changing Places toilet is conveniently located on the ground. Being integrated into the build at the drawing stage, the facility delivers continuity of design for Wetherspoon toilets, whilst having the room (12m2) and layout that form integral equipment within Changing Places.

    “Wetherspoon’s has a reputation for setting the standard for toilets in the hospitality sector. Last year we won the UK Trophy for Accessible Toilets, and almost 450 of our pubs won at least a gold rating, at the Loo of the Year Awards. It was at the Awards we saw Changing Places,” elaborated Wetherspoon development support manager Daniel Warner..

    “The Velvet Coaster has been designed as a showcase for our brand, hence our decision to include a Changing Places toilet in there. Clos-o-Mat is heavily involved with the Changing Places campaign and Loo of the Year Awards, so was a logical choice for the supply and installation. Where appropriate, we will endeavour to include Changing Places in future Wetherspoons developments.”


  • Theatre wins award for accessibility

    The CurveThe award-winning Curve theatre in Leicester has added another trophy- for its accessibility by people with impairments.

    The venue has been awarded a Highly Commended Access for All Tourism Award at the VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2014- the second time the theatre has been recognised in the national awards.

    The recognition is largely due to its latest adaptation- inclusion of a Changing Places toilet for visitors who need the help of a carer.

    The toilet, supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, opened only months ago; it compliments Curve’s 15 other standard disabled toilets throughout the building, and the venue’s other offerings to accommodate disabled people, including touch tours, audio description, infra red and induction loops, and free tickets for people needing the assistance of a companion. 

  • ‘Nothing but praise’ from customers at Morrisons….

    Morrions Phase llOne of supermarket chain Morrisons newest branches is receiving plaudits from Telford’s disabled community for its new Changing Places facility.

    The Lawley, Telford branch opened a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet, supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, in-store just a month ago. It is the first Changing Places toilet for Morrisons, and the first in any Midlands supermarket.

    “Even in the short time it has been open, as word spreads, the toilet is being used regularly, and the team here have had nothing but praise and positive comments about it,” said store manager Frank Cromie. 

  • The ‘Rolls-Royce’ of toilets…?

    Guy Tweedy“It’s wonderful, everyone should have one, it’s the Rolls-Royce compared to a Ferrari’. What is it? A toilet….

    The comment comes from leading thalidomide campaigner Guy Tweedy, about his new Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet installed at his Harrogate home. The Clos-o-Mat includes built-in washing and drying. As a result there is no need to manually cleanse with toilet tissue- an issue for Guy as he has a shortened left arm and deformed fingers on both hands.

    “It is logical that cleaning with water/showering is more effective than wiping with paper. Everyone should have a shower toilet,” says Guy (51).

    “I have had automatic toilets from a different manufacturer before, but a friend of mine, who is also thalidomide, recommended the Clos-o-Mat to me. The Clos-o-Mat cleans better, and is reputed to be more reliable. It’s wonderful. The other is a Ferrari, the Clos-o-Mat is the Rolls-Royce!”

  • Changing places to achieve efficient ‘best practice’ delivery of youth services

    Barlow ParkBolton Council is demonstrating it is possible to deliver more, cost-effectively, in the face of lost facilities….

    As a result, children and young people up to the age of 19 can enjoy out-of-school activities to build their skills and develop confidence- regardless of their abilities- right through to using the bathroom.

    The achievement is because the Council’s youth and play service lost the use of a school, prompting an evaluation of how to deliver the same, or improved, service.

    The decision was made to improve the existing Barlow Park Youth Centre with fully accessible facilities, rather than pay rent to other organisations for appropriate room hire. The accessible facilities extend right through to inclusion of a new accessible, assisted Changing Places toilet, ‘bigger and better;’ than a conventional wheelchair-accessible washroom, designed by Bolton architects Bradshaw Gass & Hope.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the Changing Places toilet has more space, and incorporates a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, and ceiling hoist.

    Area team leader for 5-19s Service Carla Lord explained, “We have some children and young people who require intimate care and need everything from just a little support to use the bathroom to a hoist. We like to make sure that we are offering the most up to date facilities to maintain the children’s dignity and promote their independence and self-help skills.”

    Added Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s Changing Places project manager, “Barlow Park is one of the first play centres in the NorthWest to adopt this ‘best practice’ philosophy, enabling the country’s growing number of disabled young people to participate in things others take for granted. The number of disabled children in the UK has increased over 60% in the past 25 years, so their needs are now a major consideration in any youth or public facility.” 

  • Get better value from staff and give better, consistent quality of care in one

    BonaerCare staff can be more effective and the quality of care given enhanced - just by changing a toilet.

    So claims Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of toileting equipment for elderly and disabled people. Its Palma Vita floor-mounted, or Lima Lift height adjustable automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet enable residents who would need the help of a carer to go to the WC without help.

    Thus care staff are freed to spend time on other duties. It also ensures users are always cleaned after toileting to the same, consistently high standard; it further gives them enhanced dignity, independence and privacy- in line with Regulation 17 of the Care Quality Commission’s Essential Standards of Quality & Safety.

    Even if used by just one resident every day, the Clos-o-Mat pays for itself within three months.

    And it is not just Clos-o-Mat claiming the equipment makes a difference: care/nursing home management that have already installed the toilet support the company’s view. Garry Gavigan owner of Glenashling Nursing Home explained. “It ticks all the boxes: it gives our residents to ability to go to the toilet with little or no help, giving them greater independence and a feeling of dignity, and it addresses health & safety issues regarding lifting and handling for the staff.”

    Adds Claire Haymes, Clos-o-Mat’s care & nursing home specialist, “We go to the toilet on average eight times a day. Helping residents ‘go’ therefore takes up a significant amount of care staff time. Even at basic minimum wage for one carer, dealing with one resident, a Clos-o-Mat pays for itself in under 3 months.”

  • Total solution to complying with bb102 and helping children develop

    HarlawEducation providers are being offered an innovative package that enables them to optimise use of budgets by delivering several solutions in one- through a toilet!

    The Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet, the only WC of its kind manufactured in the UK, enables compliance with the Government’s Building Bulletin 102 Designing for Disabled Children & Children with Special Needs Guidance for Mainstream and Special Schools.  The Clos-o-Mat not only provides the appropriate equipment, but helps them develop personal skills- a specific recommendation of the Bulletin.

    It further helps provide appropriate facilities for Muslims and disabled people- adults and children- among the community, who may be using the school premises ‘out of hours’, adding compliance with the ‘best practice’ laid down in Building Bulletins 98 and 992.

    “The number of disabled children has increased by 62% in the past 25 years. One child in 20 under the age of 16 is disabled. Some 60% of statemented children are now in mainstream schooling,” points out Robin Tuffley, Clos--o-Mat marketing manager. “Legally, schools have to provide at least 1 toilet for every 20 pupils, and accessible toilets for disabled pupils, staff and visitors. BB102 specifically states that toilet fixtures and fittings ‘should…help them develop personal care skills’. What could help them in that way more than a toilet that cleans and dries them afterwards, so they do not have to depend on a carer to wipe them? “Under its toilet and personal care section, BB99 also advises facilities may be provided to accommodate particular religious requirements.”

    Rose HillClos-o-Mat makes two suitable WC’s under the Clos-o-Mat brand: the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita and Lima Lifter. Both look like conventional WC’s- and can be used as such- but also feature built-in douching and warm air drying facilities, operated simply by retaining hand or body pressure on the flush pad or touch-sensitive switch.

    The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita is floor-mounted, and set at a pre-determined height, which can be set at installation by inclusion of various plinths. A range of accessories, including paediatric supports, can be added to tailor the toilet to specific individual needs.The wall-mounted Lima Lifter features the core benefits of the Palma Vita, and is fully height-adjustable, enabling it to be set appropriately for children, adults, wheelchair and ambulant users.

    Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen is just one school that has already had a Clos-o-Mat installed. Elaborates head teacher John Murray, “A pupil who uses a wheelchair was joining the school, so we and the Education Authority made the further investment in the Clos-o-Mat, mainly to help the student’s school life but also for the community using our facilities.”

    The Clos-o-Mat is the UK’s biggest selling ‘wash and dry’ (automatic) toilet, and the only one of its kind developed specifically for the disabled. Clos-o-Mat has supplied over 40,000 Clos-o-Mats, some of which are still in daily use 30 years after first being fitted. The company is the only supplier in the sector that can offer in-house design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and service of its equipment.

  • Going large…

    Bariatric Palma VitaAlmost 25% of the UK population can go to the toilet in greater comfort and with improved peace of mind, thanks to Clos-o-Mat.

    Currently, 3% of women and 1+% of men are morbidly obese: statistics that are predicted to double by 2030. NHS figures reveal 61% of British adults are overweight, and some 25% are obese- double the number of less than a decade ago.  Clos-o-Mat has responded to the massive increase in the prevalence of obesity by making its Palma Vita wash and dry (automatic) toilet even stronger- to the extent it can now take up to 800lb, 362kg or 57 stone- more than twice the weight of comparable units!

    The standard Palma was already proven in tests to accommodate up to 30stone- 25% more than even the strengthened version of alternative units: “the floor gave way before the Palma Vita did!” observes Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “Our new bariatric Palma Vita* means even the morbidly obese can retain independence and dignity when going to the toilet, instead of having to depend on carers to wipe them clean in the areas they physically cannot reach.

    “In addition to all the recognised health issues of being overweight, the excess body mass affects the person’s ability to physically sit on the toilet, and then to effectively wipe themselves clean. We go to the toilet on average 8 times a day, so the issue is bigger than you think!”

    The Palma Vita looks like- and can be used as- a conventional WC, but has in-built douching and drying processes, eliminating the need to wipe clean with toilet tissue and all the associated manoueuvring and manipulation. It is the only toilet of its kind developed specifically for disabled people, and is now the UK’s biggest selling automatic shower toilet: since the first Clos-o-Mat toilet was introduced 50 years ago, over 40,000 have been installed, some of which are still in daily use 30+ years after being fitted.

  • Investing in future-proof accessibility

    Rose Hill SchoolStockport Council is providing state of the art facilities for its Marple pupils- right through to the toilets.

    In a programme to optimise school provision for pupils of primary school age, the Council closed two schools and joined them with Rose Hill Primary School, constructing a new building, which includes a fully accessible hygiene room, supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat.

    The ground floor room has been strategically positioned adjacent to the dedicated resource unit for the school’s pupils with special needs. Incorporation of a paediatric height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable wash basin, hoist and Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita ‘wash and dry’ (automatic) toilet means the room can easily accommodate individual pupil needs now and in the future.

    “The school is delighted to offer such high quality provision ensuring that we are fully inclusive,” says Rose Hill head teacher Lynn Bragg.

    Rose Hill School

    Rose Hill Primary School’s toilets deliver compliance with the Department for Education’s Building Bulletin 102, whereby schools should be designed to encourage children to develop personal skills- right through to going to the toilet. It also requires that accessible personal care facilities must be provided at convenient intervals round the school, and that toilet and changing facilities in mainstream schools should include fittings including a peninsular toilet, height adjustable basin and height adjustable changing table.

    Clos-o-Mat is the UK’s leading provider of disabled toileting solutions, and a leader in the supply, installation and maintenance of hygiene rooms in all levels of educational establishments. Its expertise has been consolidated in a useful white paper, available for download here.

    Clos-o-Mat also manufactures in the UK, the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic toilet, the biggest-selling unit of its kind: over 40,000 Clos-o-Mats are in use across the country, in domestic and ‘out of home’ environments.

  • Changing places made easy

    CP White PaperNew Building Regulations are causing confusion for many specifiers- confusion that can be clarified with new guidance from Clos-o-Mat.

    Under Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013 Access To & Use of Buildings, toilet accommodation needs to be suitable not only for disabled people, but for all people who use the building. Further, it is ‘desirable’ to include an enlarged unisex toilet incorporating an adult sized changing bench – a hygiene room or Changing Places toilet.

    To help ensure compliance, Clos-o-Mat- the UK’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions- has produced an informative white paper: ‘Considerations & Specification of Changing Places Accessible Toilets’.

    “Judging from the emails and telephone calls we are receiving, a huge number of people aren’t fully aware of what these new requirements/desires are, and how they should be implemented,” elaborates Clos-o-Mat Marketing Manager Robin Tuffley. “They are turning to us for help, knowing we have been involved in the large proportion of hygiene rooms/Changing Places toilets already successfully installed. We have pooled that knowledge into the white paper, to give them a valuable, easy-to-access resource, to make their job easier.”

    The white paper covers all requirements for compliance in one place, and can be downloaded direct from Clos-o-Mat’s website

    Clos-o-Mat, founded 50 years ago, is the only company in its field with the in-house capability and expertise to design, supply, install, commission and service all the equipment for a hygiene room/ Changing Places toilet, from grab rails through hoists and height adjustable basins to automatic (‘wash and dry’) toilets and toilet lifters. It has a proven track record in the successful design, supply, installation and commissioning of scores of hygiene rooms and Changing Places toilets, including Wembley Stadium, National Exhibition Centre, Gatwick Airport, Cadbury World and Bullring Birmingham.

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  • Smart thinking towards the future encompasses all…

    Bournemouth GardensBournemouth City has refurbished and improved one of its busiest toilets as part of a £1m Smart Streets campaign

    Supplied by Clos-o-Mat, the UK's leading disabled toileting solutions provider, the new accessible Changing Places toilet is sited in the Lower Gardens- one of the most popular public venues.

    Designed to enable people who need the help of at least one carer to be able to toilet in a clean and appropriate environment, the Changing Places toilet is larger than a conventional accessible toilet and incorporates additional equipment such as a hoist, and adult sized height adjustable changing bench. Bournemouth has also redecorated the toilet and provided an on-site attendant.

    To optimize suitability for as many disabled people as possible, the Council has further replaced the traditional WC with a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita 'wash and dry' toilet, with touch sensitive switch. The Clos-o-Mat can be used as a conventional toilet but also can wash and dry the user after toileting without the need for the user, or their carer, to wipe clean with toilet tissue, thus improving hygiene, independence and dignity.

    Councillor Michael Filer, portfolio holder for Transport and Technical Services, said: "We are delighted to have carried out these improvements to one of the most heavily used public toilets in Bournemouth. In total £175,000 from our successful Smart Streets programme is being spent on providing first class toilet facilities. We are proud to be able to offer a Changing Places standard of facility right in the heart of the town centre to ensure we are meeting everyone's comfort needs."

    Since the Changing Places campaign began over 500 Changing Places toilets have been opened across the UK. In the last year alone, over 50 Changing Places toilets have been opened at venues across the country.

    Clos-o-Mat has a 50+ years-long proven track record on the supply and installation of fully accessible toilets, and hygiene rooms, 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.

  • Changing places at loo of the year awards

    loy logoThe growing need to accommodate more accessible toileting is being recognised at the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards.

    As the 500th Changing Places toilet is passed, the Award scheme, promoted by the British Toilet Association, is recognising the success of the concept of these ‘bigger and better’ accessible toilets in public places with a dedicated category, sponsored by the UK’s leading supplier of disabled toilet solutions, Clos-o-Mat.

    Changing Places toilets offer more space than standard (Document M type) accessible toilets, and incorporate additional equipment, including an adult-sized changing bench, hoist and privacy screen. The concept was developed to resolve the problems faced by people who need the help of at least one carer to toilet: conventional accessible toilets do not always have the space or facilities to enable them to ‘spend a penny’ in an appropriate environment, meaning they either have to curtail a trip, be double-padded, or are unable to go out at all. Under BS8300:2009 and 2013 Building Regulations, it is now ‘advisable’ to include such a facility in venues to which the public have access.

    “As we continue the drive towards an inclusive society, it is vital everyone, regardless of ability, can enjoy life beyond home. On average we visit the toilet 8 times a day! There are 11million people registered disabled in the UK, a 10% increase in less than a decade, so there is a big, and growing need, to provide suitable toilets.

    “Car parks to tourist attractions and every public environment inbetween are reporting seeing an increase in visitor numbers, and positive feedback, as a result of having installed a Changing Places toilet, especially when they have further included a Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ (automatic) toilet in place of a conventional WC,” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “We are one of the key suppliers and installers of Changing Places toilets, and believe the good ones should be recognised, hence our sponsorship of the 2013 Loo of the Year Award’s Changing Places category.”

    Cadbury World is just one venue that has in the past year upgraded its accessible toilets to include a Changing Places facility. Tim Gimbert, Cadbury World operations manager observed, “We had often been asked in the past if we have a hoist in any of the toilets, so that led us to go beyond the legal requirement and install a Changing Places toilet, which is ‘good practice’ under BS8300. Further adding the Clos-o-Mat, which again goes beyond the requirement, means we are accommodating the FULL diversity of visitors. We hope our new toilets will help us win the prestigious Loo of the Year Award in 2013….!”

    Entries for the Awards can be made until July 31st 2013, at the British Toilet Association’s website