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  • Wet ‘n’ wild changing places

    Sandy Lane ParkOne of England’s few outdoor water parks is now fully inclusive- with the addition of a new toilet.

    Sandy Lane Aqua Park & Play Area in Chester- a unique water park on the banks of the River Dee- is the latest venue to open a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet. The facility compliments Cheshire West & Chester Council’s similar toilets at Grosvenor Park and Frodsham Street, and is part of a significant investment by the Council in improved public toilets at the location.

    Sandy Lane InteriorSupplied by Clos-o-Mat and installed by Novus Solutions, the Sandy Lane Changing Places goes beyond the standard requirements for the facility: in addition to the height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and hoist that are core components that differentiate a Changing Places toilet, it incorporates a Clos-o-mat Palma Vita wash/dry toilet, with touch-sensitive hand switch. The Clos-o-Mat has built-in douching and drying, and means anyone using the toilet does not have to wipe, or be wiped, clean afterwards, improving dignity and hygiene for all concerned

    “The Changing Places toilet means the fun offered at Sandy Lane can be enjoyed by even more people” explained Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing “We are committed to investing in inclusive leisure and culture, making West Cheshire a great place to live and visit.

    Adding a Clos-o-Mat wash/dry toilet in place of a conventional WC further extends accessibility.

    Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s Changing Places project manager, “We know through our now vast experience in supplying and installing these toilets what a difference they make to people who care for someone with disabilities, especially children. A Changing Places means they can go and enjoy days out that the majority of families take for granted.”

    The toilet facilities are open during Park opening times and accessed via a RADAR key; an attendant on-site ensures they are kept clean.

  • Care compliance and best value in the toilet

    Following the Government announcement of an almost doubling of funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant for 2016/17, and increases to the Better Care Fund, there is new evidence that a bathroom adaptation can strategically deliver best value.Aerolet in situe

    Bathrooms are the most common home adaptation. At least 3/4million households require some form of toilet adaptation, ranging from changing a seat to provision of an additional or suitable WC.

    An independent care cost calculator shows that something as simple as adding a toilet lift- the toilet equivalent of a riser recliner chair- will pay for itself in less than eight months, compared to providing care support to help someone go to the toilet. It would reduce likelihood of a fall, potentially saving a further £30,000. And the independence and dignity it would deliver would have a positive impact on the recipient’s feeling of wellbeing- a key indicator under Government guidelines 

    “Using this strategic, joined-up approach, a comparatively small capital expenditure can deliver major revenue savings,” explains Mark Sadler, sales director at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading manufacturer and provider of disabled toileting solutions.

    “A bathroom adaptation requires less financial commitment in the first year, and, unlike care provision, is a ‘one-off’ cost. “Research shows bladder & bowel issues are the second most common reason why someone moves from their home to residential care, which is an even greater year on year cost than homecare…..

    “A bathroom adaptation may be provision of a hoist to facilitate transfer with reduced carer requirement, a toilet lift to eliminate care support to get on and off the WC, or a wash & dry toilet to eliminate care support cleaning after toileting.

    “Any or all of those adaptations meet care and support eligibility regulations under the Care Act: they improve wellbeing and independence for user and care, they minimise the effect of the disability or deterioration, address safe moving & handling, and support the user to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.”

  • Accessible toileting

    Space to ChangeA new resource to enable all involved in selection of assistive technology for personal care has opened its doors.

    Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading supplier of disabled toilet solutions, is behind the new showroom in Manchester. It brings together in one location all the equipment needed to deliver optimum independence for people who need the help of a carer to toilet. Uniquely, it encompasses not only domestic situations, but the technology needed to create assisted, accessible- or Changing Places- toilets and hygiene rooms.

    And it further includes fully-working models, so people can ‘try before they buy’.

    The equipment displays are reinforced with storyboards depicting the 50+ year history of Clos-o-Mat, its product evolution, and the customer journey. Meeting and presentation facilities ensure the venue delivers at all levels of education too, including CPD seminars on accessible toileting in domestic and ‘away from home’ environments.

    “We go to the toilet on average eight times a day, so personal hygiene has a big impact on daily life,” explains marketing manager Robin Tuffley. “The showroom unifies the essence of Clos-o-Mat. It enables everyone involved in the selection process to see and experience at first-hand not just the equipment, but our heritage, and our offering. They are therefore as best equipped as possible to make a judgement on their purchase, and achieve optimum independence in personal hygiene. It also gives us a great resource to provide training for specifiers and service providers.”

  • Adding value to children’s education

    Cornwall SchoolsChildren with disabilities are benefitting from an innovative approach to adapting their environment.

    Cornwall Council has commissioned facilities management provider CORMAC Ltd to deliver value-added adaptations to school premises, to accommodate specific special needs pupil requirements.

    To enable the children to integrate into primary and secondary mainstream schools as far as possible, alterations have ranged from simply adding a ceiling track hoist in a toilet, through inclusion of Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilets and creation of a full hygiene/medical room, to adding specialist platform and wheelchair lifts, all provided by Clos-o-Mat 

    In total, 19 schools were jointly surveyed with Occupational Therapists in order to devise and execute a plan for each that would address and solve the medical, pastoral and access needs of new pupils with disabilities to participate in school life with minimal effort. All works were to be carried out within a tight timeframe in order to minimise impact on school activity. CORMAC utilised its extensive surfacing contracting teams to deliver path and ramp accessibility improvements as well as its internal disabled aid refurbishment teams working in partnership with Clos-o-Mat.

    “We wanted to use a specialist supplier capable of delivering a diverse range of adaptations within challenging timescales,” explained CORMAC Contracts Manager Andy Medlin. “Clos-o-Mat demonstrated proven reliability in terms of delivery, excellent customer service, equipment and technical support.”

  • Good things come in small packages

    Claire EvansFor a Buckinghamshire pensioner, small is beautiful, especially when it applies to her loo!

    The installation of her Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet has, she says, been a Red Letter Day that has changed her life for the better.

    To put it in context, Claire Evans worked until she was in her 70s, and was for years the fastest secretary in the South East, with a shorthand speed of 175 words/minute and typing of 600 words/minute! Then, three years ago, she had two bad falls within 24 hours in her home, ‘smashing’ both her shoulders, breaking her fingers, and damaging her arm muscles and one of her legs. Days after an operation to repair the damage, a nurse dropped her onto a metal commode, further damaging her right leg and affecting the nerves in her already scoliotic spine. This has been followed by a ruptured bowel and peritonitis.

    Claire Evans Loo

    Appraisal by her local Social Services on behalf of her landlord Red Kite Housing has enabled her to have a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita installed at her home in High Wycombe. Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Palma Vita has built-in douching and drying, eliminating the need to wipe clean with toilet tissue, with all its associated issues of mobility, strength, contortion, balance and manual dexterity.

    But, being only 4ft 8ins and 7st, Mrs Evans found it difficult to sit on for any length of time, and use. Clos-o-Mat manufacturer Total Hygiene has thus changed the seat for a junior soft seat, and added a touch-sensitive operating switch that Mrs Evans can trigger with her foot.

    “I have always tried to have high standard, particularly when it comes to hygiene. It was a ray of sunshine to be told I could have a Clos-o-Mat; I was in such dire need of help. Since then, my life has changed hugely. I no longer dread feeling dirty, but it goes much deeper than that, believe me!,” she commented. “The Clos-o-Mat is a splendid thing. The seat size is perfect now, and is so comfortable: I spend so much time sitting on the toilet,it will now be a far happier time for me.”

    The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita is Britain’s top-selling wash and dry toilet, and the only one that has a raft of accessories to enable personalisation to individual needs, at the outset, and as their needs change over time. Over 150,000 permutations exist. Details of all the options, plus further case studies from real-life users, can be found here.

  • Self-contained changing places

    Thinking ‘outside the box’ has meant a campaigner for special accessible toilets has enabled one attraction to be open to everyone…

    Longdown

    Sarah Brisdion’s young son Hadley loves going to their local visitor attraction Longdown Activity Farm; but as Hadley suffers from cerebral palsy, trips are often cut short through lack of suitable toilet facilities. But no longer! Sarah worked closely with the farm owners Bryan and Dawn Pass to devise, raise funds for and equip an innovative solution- creation of a Changing Places hygiene facility in a former cargo container.

    Sarah’s family and friends, and friends of the Farm, converted the container, which has been equipped by Britain’s leader in disabled toilet solutions Clos-o-Mat.

    “Without the extra kit of a changing bench and hoist, I and millions of parents and carers like me, face either having to lie our loved one on the toilet floor, or cut our trip short. Changing Places are vital to our being able to spend time as a family in a way that families without disabled members take for granted,” explained Sarah.

    “Bryan and Dawn appreciated how much Hadley loves visiting the farm, and also the impact his toilet needs had, but they didn’t have anywhere in a building they could adapt. Through my campaigning for Changing Places, I know Clos-o-Mat, and we all worked as a team to come up with an efficient, compliant solution- in the converted container!”

  • Changing the toilet options away from home

    Enjoying time away from home is being made easier with the launch of a new solution for accessible toilets- Space to Change.

    Space to Change

    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.

    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.

    “So often, venues and organisations say they understand the need for a Changing Places toilet, but, in existing buildings, as it should be provided in addition toother accessible toilets, they haven’t the extra space- 12m2- or cannot afford the cost of potentially extensive building works to create the additional space, and the ancillaries and equipment,” explains campaigner Tony Clough.

    Adds fellow campaigner Sarah Brisdion, “In an ideal world, we would always prefer to have a Changing Places, but Space To Change gives a viable alternative for providers constrained by space and/or money. It gives those places the opportunity to meet our needs, so we can relax when we do even routine things that most people take for granted- going into town, doing the weekly supermarket shop… 

    “Without these facilities, we either have to lie our loved one on the toilet floor- which you wouldn’t even expect to do with a baby- or we have to cut our trip short, or not go at all. Many wheelchair-accessible toilets are already big enough, so all that is needed to create a Space To Change, which gives everything needed, is the addition of the changing bench and hoist! Hopefully this new option will mean we will see many more venues we can access safe in the knowledge we can enjoy our visit like anyone else as there are suitable toilet facilities.”

    Full details of the Space To Change concept, plus technical support, CAD blocks etc, can be found here and http://community.fireflyfriends.com/campaigns/space-to-change .

  • Achieve better value and practice, and enhance residents’ quality of life in one

    GlenashlingThe average 30 bed nursing/care home could save approx. £150,000 a year on staff costs whilst simultaneously giving clients greater control over their daily life- just by installing toilet aids.

    And the installation also helps ensure compliance with Regulatory requirements to ensure the dignity, privacy and independence of service users, and, where appropriate, provide opportunities for service users to manage their own care1.

    The toilet aids in question are the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic shower) toilet and Aerolet toilet lift. Separately or together, they enable people who would otherwise need the help of a carer to go to the toilet to do so without assistance. The Aerolet helps them get on and off the toilet, whilst the Clos-o-Mat- with its in-built washing and drying- eliminates the need to wipe with toilet tissue, and gives a consistent quality of cleanliness.

    Glenashling Nursing Home is a real-life example of the benefits. It initially installed one Clos-o-Mat with an Aerolet in a new extension; such were the benefits, a further three have now been installed.

    Manager Garry Gavigan executed a cost analysis on the investment, which showed:

    • cost of care assistance to toilet: 2 staff required per time, 15 minutes/time, five times a day= £7117.5/client, or £213525 for 30 clients
    • cost of installing a Clos-o-Mat £2500, with similar for an Aerolet

    Therefore, even if one carer still needed to accompany the client, toileting costs are almost halved if both pieces of equipment provided.

    If carer assistance is eliminated completely for some residents, or just a Clos-o-Mat or Aerolet installed, savings yield a 50+% reduction in staff costs.

    Garry adds, “It’s much more than just the financial element. The Clos-o-Mats and Aerolets help ensure the care we give, even in so personal an area as going to the toilet, is dignified. The Clos-o-Mats are so much more hygienic, and the staff and I agree they and the Aerolets make resident toileting so much safer for us all too, as they reduce moving and handling considerations.”

    Full details of the range of Clos-o-Mat equipment for nursing & residential care homes can be found here.

    1 Outcome 1 of the Care Quality Commission Essential Standards of Quality & Safety/ Regulation 17 of the Health & Social Care Act 2010

     

     

  • Moving in the right direction…

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

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

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

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

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

    1.      RICA inclusive design research
    2.      Every Child Matters survey into housing needs
    3.      RoSPA (HASS,LASS)

     

  • 21st Century learning environment fit for all….

    A half-century old school is being taken into the 21st century in every aspect- including its toilet facilities for pupils.

    Highland Council is spending £31m upgrading Lochaber High School to create a ‘truly inspirational’ learning environment; one element of the refurbishment is the creation of a new hygiene room, and revamping of an existing one, to accommodate the more intimate toileting needs of pupils with severe and complex additional support needs.

    Centrally located on the ground floor, the equipment in the rooms has been supplied by Clos-o-Mat, and includes the company’s Palma Vita automatic shower/wash and dry toilet, with drop-down arms to the unit, to ensure pupils of any age can use the WC and be properly supported in the process.

    The toilet facilities are only part of the school’s provision for pupils with support needs. It has further included a lift between floors, pupil support base and adaptive kitchen.

    “The school facility already had a Clos-o-Mat, and had enjoyed the benefits of the unit,” explained project senior architectural technician Iain Robertson. “When the refurbishment was discussed, this was one item they wished to retain, and we decided to provide another in the new spaces to give a male and female facility without having changeover of units and adaptation kits.”

    Added Jim Sutherland, Lochaber High School headteacher, “This stage of the work will really transform the way our school building works and will provide a learning environment that will be truly inspirational.”

     

  • Events venue open to all...

    The NEC, the UK's largest exhibition and events venue is now truly open to all, through investment in a new toilet!

    The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham has unveiled its new Changing Places accessible toilet, in the main Hall 20 Atrium – the area where the country's biggest disability event, Naidex, is held, and which is accessible to all shows and events held in Halls 6 through to 20.

    Supplied and installed by leading disabled toileting solutions provider Total Hygiene, the toilet is the result of an accessibility audit, which highlighted the need for the resource. Larger than a standard accessible (disabled) toilet, a Changing Places facility has more space, to enable a wheelchair user and their carer to manoeuvre with ease, plus equipment including a height adjustable adult sized changing bench and hoist.

    The NEC has chosen to further extend functionality of the room by replacing the standard WC with a Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilet, with additional optional touch-sensitive switch, manufactured in the UK, by Total Hygiene. Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Clos-o-Mat has in-built douching and drying facilities. As a result, there is no need for manual cleansing with tissue by either the user or their carer, optimising dignity, independence and hygiene.

    The touch sensitive switch further contributes to independence as people with little manual or body strength can still operate the toilet.

    "The NEC is continuously looking to improve facilities for our customers to ensure we remain their venue of choice," said Kathryn James, NEC Managing Director. "The need for a Changing Places toilet was highlighted during an accessibility audit and as a result of customer feedback, and we felt it would be of invaluable benefit for some of our customers. Based on the dwell time within the NEC, it's important for customers to be able to relax and enjoy our facilities knowing there's an appropriate environment for their personal hygiene. We already have a Clos-o-Mat in a conventional disabled toilet, and felt the extra functionality it offers would be of benefit in the Changing Places toilet."

    Since the Changing Places campaign began, over 450 have been opened at venues open to the public across the UK. Under the new Building Regulations Approved Document M, it is now 'desirable' to include such a facility in new build or refurbishment/ upgrade projects for public venues. Total Hygiene is the UK's biggest manufacturer and supplier of disabled toileting equipment and is also the only company to have in-house design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and servicing capability.

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  • Set the standard for accessible school toilet facilities

    Elmwood CollegeTalk hygiene rooms in a school environment, and the perception is use by pupils with disabilities. But their relevance extends far beyond: 1 in 8 pupils suffer from continence issues, and thus may need hygiene room facilities.

    A new hygiene room standard has now been developed, by Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading provider of accessible toilet solutions. The standard covers all issues affecting good design and equipping of a hygiene room in an educational environment, simplifying the whole process whether new build or retro-fit, and ensuring compliance with Government guidelines (BB102, Equality Act, Statutory Instrument 2).

    “Latest research shows almost 0.25million pupils in England have SEN statements, over half of whom are in mainstream schools1. It also highlights that 0.9million pupils aged between 5 and 19 who have a continence problem2- higher than 1 in 8 of the total school population,” observes Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “The Right to Go campaign recommends that teachers find a way of ensuring children have easy access to a ‘user friendly’ toilet, and that toileting independence is promoted. A good hygiene room addresses those needs.”

    Clos-o-Mat’s ethos is backed up in practice: for example, at Rose Hill Primary School in Stockport The hygiene room, supplied by Clos-o-Mat, features a paediatric height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable wash basin, hoist and Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry (automatic) toilet. Looking like a conventional WC, the Palma Vita has in-built douching and drying,

    As a result, children who need help toileting can do so with minimal assistance, as equipment can be set at an appropriate height for them; equally, the Palma Vita helps develop personal skills in ensuring the infants can toilet and be hygienically clean- in line with Government guidelines- and also provides a compliant solution to dealing with soiling accidents.

    The hygiene room standard, supported by design examples, a white paper, and case studies of good practice, are all accessible via Clos-o-Mat’s website, here. 

    Clos-o-Mat is unique in being able to deliver, in house, design advice, supply, install, commissioning, and maintenance of all the equipment for a hygiene room or accessible washroom, toilet or changing room. It has over 50 years’ experience in the sector, whilst its Palma Vita is the only unit of its kind developed specifically for disabled people. Clos-o-Mat is now the UK’s leading supplier of hygiene rooms and their public equivalent, Changing Places toilets.

  • New service minimises ‘hassle factor’ in changing places

    BlogA new service from Clos-o-Mat is helping installers of assisted washrooms minimise the hassle factor.

    The company, Britain’s leading supplier of disabled toilet facilities both in and out of the home, has launched the new, online, ‘ expert’s blog’ service to help overcome the typical- and less obvious- issues arising during installation of Changing Places public accessible toilets and hygiene rooms.

    “It seems basic, but so often we get to site to undertake installation to find stud walls are not structurally strong enough to carry the load bearing of a wall-mounted, height adjustable changing bench, that electrics are in the wrong place- or not available at all, or even that there is no water supply!” says Clos-o-Mat Changing Places senior project manager Kelvin Grimes.

    “My blog enables installers and the management team providing the toilet to quickly double-check any queries, on their computer at work, or on-site via mobile phone or tablet. It flags up little considerations that may not even have crossed someone’s mind, but which could delay the whole project. And to be really sure, an early site meeting with us- available free of charge- further helps eliminate any problems.”

    Changing Places toilets and hygiene rooms are growing in popularity, with over 500 of the former now open across the UK, providing anyone who needs the help of a carer to toilet when away from home undertake their personal hygiene needs in an appropriate environment with the appropriate equipment. Both types of public, accessible toilet are ‘bigger and better’ than conventional (Building Regulations Approved Document M) accessible toilets, being a minimum 12m2, and including additional equipment of a hoist, changing bench and privacy screen.

    Clos-o-Mat is the field leader, having 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. It is unique in its ability to deliver design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance, plus project management, across the ambit of accessible toileting equipment in domestic, commercial and public environments. 

  • Achieve consistency of care and optimise staff efficiency in one

    COMThe dilemma of operating efficiently and profitably against delivering quality, consistent care is being eased through new options for the care market.

    New research by Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s biggest provider of domestic and commercial toileting solutions for the disabled and elderly, has highlighted that:

    • helping residents go to the toilet takes up a significant proportion of care staff’s time
    • many residents have difficulty cleaning themselves after toileting but are in denial
    • residents who do ask staff to help clean them often feel embarrassed
    • adequate levels of cleanliness after toileting can be inconsistent
    • on average, up to 50% of residents need help toileting

    “All the issues highlighted by our research can be solved in one fell swoop, by installing an automatic shower toilet, which washes and dries the user instead of manual cleansing with toilet tissue,” states Claire Haymes, Clos-o-Mat’s care/ nursing home specialist. “ Other research shows that the cost of this equipment, such as our Palma Vita, is recouped by the savings in staff time for just two residents in less than six months. It frees staff up for other duties. It also ensures users are consistently clean, and helps to provide much greater dignity and independence for residents when using the toilet.”

    The floor-mounted Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita looks like, and can be used as, a conventional WC. Unlike a standard toilet, it has in-built douching and drying, simply triggered by maintaining hand or body pressure on the flush mechanism. Flushing is simultaneous with warm water cleaning via the douche spray, followed by warm air drying. There is no need for hand: body contact, nor toilet tissue. The douche process is the result of in-depth research to ensure it effectively washes the user’s bottom; the warm air drying also helps users with sensitive skin issues. As the cleaning process is automatic, it no longer relies on the variability of the carer’s input and thoroughness, helping deliver optimum hygiene.

    A range of accessories, including soft-touch and infra-red switches, lateral supports, and bariatric seats, enable precise tailoring of the toilet to individual needs. The Clos-o-Mat Lima Lift has all the operational benefits of the Palma Vita, but is height adjustable, enabling it to be easily moved up or down to suit each user in a multi-user environment.

    Clos-o-Mat automatic shower toilets have been available in the UK for over 50 years. More than 40,000 have been sold, with many still in daily use 30 years after first being installed. Clos-o-Mat is the only company in the market to offer, in-house, design advice, sales, supply, installation, commissioning and after-sales service & maintenance. 

  • Toilet helps take library into the future for accessibility….

    Birmingham LibraryA state-of-the-art toilet is playing its part in helping Birmingham City Council deliver 21st century services.

    The new £188million Library of Birmingham will achieve optimum accessibility with the inclusion of a Changing Places hygiene room to complement around 20 other wheelchair-accessible WCs. The Changing Places toilet, on the lower ground floor of the building, makes the library the first Birmingham city centre local authority site to have the facility to accommodate anyone who needs the help of a carer to go to the toilet: the only other Changing Places toilet in the city centre is in Bullring shopping centre.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading provider of disabled toileting solutions including hygiene rooms and Changing Places toilets, the Changing Places toilet is bigger than a standard wheelchair-accessible WC and features additional equipment of a hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, and a height adjustable washbasin.

    Head of Project delivery for the Library of Birmingham Terry Perkins elaborated, “Even the old 1970s library was accessible as possible to people with disabilities, featuring, for example,  magnifying glasses, and height adjustable reading tables. We were keen to ensure its replacement, the new Library of Birmingham, excelled in its delivery of accessible services, hence our decision to include a Changing Places toilet as well as conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets.”

    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. 

    About the Library of Birmingham

    The Library of Birmingham will be a major new cultural destination, rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries. It opens on Tuesday 3rd September 2013.

    The Library of Birmingham will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. New facilities including state-of-the-art gallery space will open up public access to the collections for the first time. It will also be home to a BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive. Other facilities will include a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces, a recording studio, and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers. By harnessing new technology, everyone from Birmingham to Beijing, Bangalore and beyond will be able to access the Library of Birmingham’s world-class resources.

    Described by its architect Francine Houben as a ‘people’s palace’, the Library of Birmingham will be highly accessible and family-friendly. It will deliver excellent services through collaboration between the library, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, partners and communities. It will provide a dynamic mix of events, activities and performance together with outstanding resources, exhibitions and access to expert help for learning, information and culture. As a centre of excellence for literacy, research, study, skills development, entrepreneurship, creative expression, health information and much more, the Library of Birmingham will change people’s lives.

  • Naidex 2013 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham

    Palma VitaGetting 'touchy feely'...

    Being able to see, touch and feel potential new fixtures makes a world of difference to the selection process. To this end, Clos-o-Mat will be adopting a new approach to its public display.

    Naidex 2013, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (April 30- May 2), will be the first ‘outing’ for the company’s new exhibition stand, which, for the first time, incorporates a full raft of its top-selling Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilets. The range of units on show (on stand C100) will be accessibly displayed, and include various options and accessories to enable buyers to quickly and easily understand the choices available, and the implications and benefits of each.

    “It always helps to actually see and ‘test’ appliances,” says Clos-o-Mat marketing manager Robin Tuffley. “That is even more the case when the user has a disability: how easily can they transfer to the toilet, balance on it, operate the flush….?

    “By having working units on stand, our customers can, at first hand, experience what their accessible toilet, bathroom, washroom will deliver, in aesthetic and practical terms.”

    Clos-o-Mat is the UK’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions, and the only company in its sector to give clients over 50 years’ experience coupled with a single, in-house, source for design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and servicing. In addition to manufacturing the biggest-selling automatic toilet- the Clos-o-Mat- the company can provide all the relevant equipment for a fully accessible bathroom, in or out of home.

  • Clos-o-Mat hygiene rooms- proven benefit

    Wakefield CollegeTotal solution to school hygiene enhances disabled student life

    Installing a hygiene room in an educational environment is proving to have positive benefits, in the popularity of the faculty and the quality of pastoral care.

    Leading disabled toileting solutions provider Clos-o-Mat is seeing a growing number of schools utilizing its expertise for the supply and installation of a hygiene room, which is recommended as good practice under the Department for Education’s BB102. And several of those that have already installed such a facility are reporting back that they are seeing a growth in pupil and student requests to attend the establishment.

    “Latest statistics reveal that the number of disabled children has increased by 62% in the past 25 years, to almost 800,000. Some 150,000 (equivalent to 60%) of statemented children are now in mainstream schooling. Over 20,000 students have a disability- almost 6% of the student population. Legally, Statutory Instrument No 2 specifies the number of toilets that pupils MUST have, and lays down a minimum of 1 toilet for every 20 pupils over the age of 5, and the number of toilet facilities must be adequate having regard to age, gender, and any special requirements, explains Robin Tuffley, Cllos-o-Mat marketing manager.

    “We are unique in being able to offer valid design advice, then supply, install, commission, and then service all the equipment for a hygiene room- whether a basic one with a mobile hoist, conventional WC, fixed changing bench and fixed basin, through to a comprehensive room with ceiling track hoist, height adjustable changing bench and basin, and a Clos-o-Mat ‘wash and dry’ toilet.”

    Bishop David Brown School in Woking, and Wakefield College are just two seeing the benefits after using Clos-o-Mat to provide their hygiene rooms.

    Richard Charles, Bishop David Brown’s business manager, explained, “We are only a small school with some 520 pupils. We have a new student who is a wheelchair user, and upgraded the accessible toilet to enable them to participate as fully as possible in school life. Because we’ve installed the equipment, we already have other disabled students coming next year!”

    A spokesperson for Wakefield College further added, “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!”

    Clos-o-Mat ( www.clos-o-mat.com)is the UK’s largest supplier and manufacturer of disabled toileting equipment. Its Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita ‘wash and dry’ toilet is the only one of its kind manufactured in the UK; since the concept was first introduced 50 years ago, over 40,000 have been installed, some of which are still in daily use 30 years after first being fitted.

  • Open Britain

    Open Britain WebsiteBritain open for optimum accessibility

    A revolutionary new website aims to become the leading resource for enabling disabled people to enjoy life to the full.

    Primarily sponsored by Clos-o-Mat, the country’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions, OpenBritain.net is the result of a collaboration between the main tourism and disability organisations including Tourism for All (TfA), VisitEngland and DisabledGo.

    Thus, the new site provides, in one easy-to-access location, all the key accessibility information for travellers, from inclusive venues and shopping facilities through equipment hire and travel to state-of-the art accessible toilets. Each area can be searched by venue type or location, simplifying planning for days out or longer stays away from home.

    “The number of people with issues affecting their ability to get ‘out and about’ is growing, so it is only right, in this technological day and age, that there is a user-friendly resource that enables them, in one place and with just a few clicks, to plan a trip out for the day, a weekend stay or a longer holiday,” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “OpenBritain.net is a great resource, and one which will help ensure as many of people’s different accessibility needs as possible are met in their ability to enjoy life to the full, now and in the future.”

    Clos-o-Mat was the UK’s first, and is now the major, manufacturer of automatic shower (wash and dry) toilets, which enable anyone with limitations to toilet with little or no help, enhancing their hygiene, independence, dignity and privacy. The company 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 Clos-o-Mat wash and dry (automatic) toilets, means it is uniquely positioned to simplify the whole process for forward-thinking environments to which the public have access.

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