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  • Smoothing the path of educational transition

    Rose Hill Primary SchoolSchool estates and facilities managers are being offered a simple solution to adapt their premises for special needs ready for their fresh intake.

    Latest figures reaffirm that not only is the number of children with special needs, with and without statements, going into mainstream education rising, but those continuing their higher education up to at least 19 is now actually more than non-disabled students, and those going to University is also increasing. Today, more than 1.5million of the 8.4million pupils in England, have special needs.

    To help address their special pastoral needs- i.e. going to the toilet- a special package has been developed, by Clos-o-Mat. Thus design advice including Department of Education best practice, technical support including white papers, CAD blocks and video, through to survey, supply, installation, commissioning and subsequent service & maintenance can all be accessed through one source.

    “Everyone is different, so everyone’s needs are different, requiring a specialised approach to each individual scenario,” explains Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s away from home toilets project manager. “For one Council-led project we have done recently, for example, across 12 schools, the needs were met by adaptations ranging from a paediatric support over a WC through to a fully Building Bulletin compliant hygiene room/care suite- all of which we were able to execute expediently and in full consultation with all relevant professionals involved. As a result, children with special needs in the county have been able to start, and move school, without worrying about suitable toilet provision., It may seem a small thing to many of us, but it makes a huge difference in helping smooth their transition.”

  • Toilet accessibility double discrimination…

    Stores, eateries, cinemas, tourist attractions, hospitals and similar buildings accessed by the public are potentially double-discriminating when they fail to provide appropriate toilets…

    Cornwall Services Interior

    New research by the Papworth Trust highlights that 17% of disabled people complained that accessing bathroom facilities when away from home created a barrier, because of location, layout and size, and it was one of the top 10 issues they face.

    “In reality, the figure is significantly higher than that, as many disabled children and adults need carer support to go ‘out and about’,” observes Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of disabled toilet solutions. “If their carer needs the toilet, what are they supposed to do? Leave their charge alone, or take them to the toilet with them? Many conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets only have the room to accommodate one person in a wheelchair, not a carer as well. So failure to provide appropriate toilets is almost doubly discriminatory.

    “And under the Equality Act- which replaces and encompasses the Disability Discrimination Act, venues have to make reasonable adjustments including to the built environment where a disabled person is put at a substantial disadvantage, and those adjustments should be made in anticipation. Assisted accessible toilets are needed by potentially up to 5million people in the UK, plus their carers, so potentially up to 10million people are being discriminated against; even if you take the 17% from the Papworth Trust report, that’s still 1.7million adults and children.”

    The solution is provision of either a Space to Change or Changing Places toilet.

  • Address shortfalls and give better care and work environment

    Latest figures reveal a shortfall of at least £30/resident/week in local authority-funded residential care.

    Eschol House

    But that shortfall in funding can be covered with money to spare, and better services provided, by changing a conventional WC for a Clos-o-Mat wash & dry toilet.

    Calculations show that even if just one resident uses the Clos-o-Mat and no longer needs the help of a care worker to toilet, the savings yielded are three times the shortfall! The capital cost is covered in less than 8 months, so the subsequent savings can be offset against the shortfall. If more residents use it, and more care staff relieved, costs are amortised even more quickly 

    Further financial benefit is achieved as the purchase of the Clos-o-Mat can be set against capital allowance for tax relief.

    And once paid for, your clients still reap the benefit, of enhanced independence, dignity and privacy, and you of more efficient use of staff with reduced exposure to manual handling and hygiene issues.

    Observes Amanda O’Neil, manager at Eshcol House which has already installed a Clos-o-Mat, “"Clients comment on the fact they feel it gives them increased independence, and restores their dignity, instead of the emotional and psychological devastation of having to have someone clean them and deal with a very intimate issue. Our carers can spend more, qualitative time to our clients, as they are not spending as much time on bathroom duties.”

  • Changing city centre accessibility

    Edinburgh’s historic city centre is delivering optimum accessibility with the opening of a new pub by Waverley Station.

    The Booking Office

    JD Wetherspoon has spent some £2.4million revitalising the site, which was formerly a Chinese buffet, into The Booking Office. And the new venue features a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet, the only one of its kind in a pub in the vicinity.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading supplier of toilet solutions for disabled people, the Changing Places means that families and carers with adults and children who need help with personal care can now enjoy doing the sort of activities most people take for granted- including having a drink and a meal out. It compliments conventional female, male and wheelchair-accessible facilities at the pub, and has been specifically designed to be easily accessible, by the main bar area of the pub.

    “The Booking Office is in a prime location, so was an obvious candidate for the inclusion of a Changing Places toilet. JD Wetherspoon has a reputation in the leisure industry for the high standard of its toilet facilities, and for being an innovator: we were the first chain to open a non-smoking bar, and are the first to include Changing Places,” explained JD Wetherspoon’s Paul Gillings. “It means that many disabled people visiting the city will now be able to properly relax and enjoy their trip, knowing they have appropriate toilets.”

    Added Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat Changing Places project manager, “Most of us don’t give access to toilets a thought, we just assume if we go for a drink or a meal, we can use the facilities. But if you need help, that’s not the case. JD Wetherspoon is unique in the hospitality sector in understanding how suitable toilets influence people’s decision to visit, and catering for everyone’s needs by including Changing Places as widely as possible.”

  • Shared solution to independence

    Dignity and personal hygiene for all is being effectively achieved in one Lanarkshire household, through the use of assistive technology.

    Pensioner Rose Thom suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, “ from head to feet”, to the extent that she can no longer grip with her hands. That meant, among other daily activity, she couldn’t grip toilet tissue. But state-of-the-art assistive technology means she can now go to the toilet without carer assistance.

    On the recommendation of her Occupational Therapy team, she has had a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet with optional touch sensitive hand switch installed in her Wishaw home.

    “I’m very pleased with it,” she says. “I can go to the toilet without anyone having to help me; it’s no effort to use the touch switch with my thumb. My husband uses the Clos-o-Mat too, though as a conventional toilet, so it works for both of us.”

    Adds Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, “On average we go to the loo eight times a day. It therefore actually has quite an impact on daily life, and your privacy and dignity, if it becomes something you need help with.”

  • Degrees of universal access

    One of the world’s leading research universities has installed the latest in assistive technology to help achieve its aim of universal access.

    Trinity College

    Trinity College Dublin has seen its student population increase by 500% in the past 15 years, with more than 1400 under- and post-graduates now registered with its Disability Service: equivalent to 8% of its total student population (17,080 in 2014/15). Trinity is also a major tourist site, with over 1million visitors every year 

    Thus, Trinity has invested in a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet, at the entrance level into the Arts Building, adjacent to the College’s respite room, as part of a €120,000 project that also included upgrading of all enabled toilets in the building. It is the first such facility in the heart of the Irish capital.

    Supplied by Britain’s leading Changing Places provider, Clos-o-Mat, the room gives more space and appropriate equipment for students who need the help of a carer to undertake their personal hygiene. The Changing Places goes beyond a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet in that it incorporates additional assistive technology of a hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, height adjustable basin and toilet.

    And to further optimise the facility’s relevance for as many disabled students as possible, the College has chosen to install a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet in place of a conventional WC. Looking like, and capable of being used as, a traditional toilet, the Palma Vita has in-built douching and drying so the user- or their carer- does not have to wipe clean with toilet tissue.

    “The decision to install the Changing Place toilet was simple: we have a diverse population at Trinity and wanted to ensure all care was taken to ensure that any person can have toilet facilities available to them. We wanted to go for the highest specification and best fit to meet, or exceed, Changing Places requirements, hence the incorporation of a Clos-o-Mat as well,” explained Trinity College’s Declan Treanor.

    The Changing Places toilet is primarily for College staff and students but is also available to be used by visitors.

    A Changing Places toilet is now ‘desirable’ under Building Regulations Approved Document M and BS8300:2009 for all new build and refurbishment projects involving buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Irish Technical Guidance Document Part M also cross-references with BS8300:2009.

  • Preparing students for adulthood extends beyond the classroom

    A holistic approach to student needs is helping young people in Telford progress into adulthood with dignity and independence.

    The approach is demonstrated at Telford College of Arts & Technology with the opening of a new care suite. Strategically located to enable easy access for students on a number of different courses, the suite means the 20+ teenagers in wheelchairs and with other mobility problems can go to the loo with optimum independence and dignity, without relying on care support.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the country’s major provider of disabled toilet solutions for in and out of home, the new suite is bigger than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, and includes more equipment- a height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, hoist and Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash/dry toilet with touch sensitive switch. It compliments three existing care suites and conventional wheelchair accessible toilets elsewhere around the campus.

    “Telford is going through a period of expansion, and we have an increasing number of learners with physical disabilities. Those that come from our feeder schools had access to these types of facilities, and spoke highly of them,” explained Learning Support Manager Fionnuala Williams. “We are constantly looking at ways to promote independence for all our learners, and the Clos-o-Mat toilet in particular has facilitated this. It enables our students to be as independent as possible with regards to personal care. It has had a very positive response: that the suite enables the individual to be as independent as possible is crucial in maintaining the dignity of the young person at, what is often a difficult phase of their lives.”

    Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat hygiene room specialist, “Latest research shows the number of disabled pupils and students is increasing: in England alone, over 150,000 had special educational needs, of whom only 1.7% attend special schools. Telford College of Arts & Technology is just the latest to appreciate the need to cater for this growing sector.”


  • One touch keeps it simple

    Nearly three million people in Britain are potentially finding it difficult to clean themselves properly after going to the toilet. And the number is on the increase….

    Statistics from the Office for Disability Issues show that the disabled population of Britain has grown by over 1million in just the past few years, to 11.1million. Of those people, over 50% have mobility issues, and 2.8million report manual dexterity impairments, which could make it difficult for them to, for example, grasp and tear off toilet tissue, or manoueuvre to physically wipe themselves with it.

    “When it comes to disability and toilets, legislation considers the physical getting on and off the toilet. But the user, and their carer, will often point out that getting clean afterwards is a huge issue, on privacy, dignity and independence. And it impacts on their health and everyone around them, if not done properly and effectively,” explains Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat.

    Clos-o-Mat says it has the simple solution- a soft, one-touch switch used in conjunction with its brand-leading Palma Vita wash and dry toilet.

    “There are already available various wash & dry toilets, which in essence combine a bidet and drier with the WC. But they all require a degree of mobility, digital strength and dexterity to operate- except ours,” says Robin.

    “Our soft-touch switch pad is now the most-often specified accessory, because so many people who need our type of toilet struggle to use ‘conventional’ flush levers, push-buttons etc. The pad requires only a light touch, be it hand, arm, foot- whichever part of the user’s body can apply a slight pressure. It therefore also means they don’t have to twist or contort, affecting their centre of balance, to operate the toilet. It gives them the easiest, safest means of achieving a good, consistent level of cleanliness after toileting.”

    The touch-sensitive switch is just one of a raft of accessories, that mean the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita can be uniquely personalized to individual needs, both initially and over time as needs change.


  • Toilet Selector

    Specification of, and architectural drawings for, away-from-home accessible toilets is simplified with a new facility.


    RIBA Product Selector now includes a comprehensive product information resource for toilets in school hygiene rooms, and their Changing Places counterpart for buildings to which the public have access, via Clos-o-Mat’s new listing.

    The UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, for in and out of the home, Clos-o-Mat is the only British company to be able to supply, install, commission and subsequently maintain the complete raft of equipment desired and/or required under latest Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013, Department of Education Building Bulletins, British Standards and British law.

    From the company’s entries, all equipment required for a compliant assisted, accessible personal care suite can be ‘drag and dropped’, ensuring the specification is completely accurate.

    “Specification is an essential part of the design process. A badly written specification can cause major problems for every member of the project team, and can cost the client a great deal of money. A well written specification can enhance project delivery and save money,” explains Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager.

    “We are increasingly recognized as the experts in the provision of assisted wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities, so are best positioned to provide all the technical detailing, CAD drawing etc to incorporate into a project. With the new facility, those details can be quickly and easily inserted into plans as required.” 

    The RIBA Product Selector facility compliments Clos-o-Mat’s comprehensive range of support for inclusive personal care in and out of home, including white papers available for download here, and a complete project management service. The company has a proven track record on the supply of fully accessible toilets, including scores of hygiene rooms already installed across the country.


  • Toilet helps unblock hospital bed….

    Having a toilet that is more than just a toilet has enabled a woman to be discharged from hospital days early….

    Rose Murphy

    Rose Murphy was in a serious car accident 12 years ago, through which she lost the use of her left arm. She has been able to remain as independent as possible in part because of her lavatory- a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet. And the Clos-o-Mat has now enabled her to persuade nursing staff to discharge her after an operation much sooner than expected.

    Rose has for some time needed an operation to repair a hole in the rotary cuff of her right arm and shoulder which, with subsequent recuperation, would involve the arm being ‘out of action’ for eight weeks. She refused to consider having the operation until her Occupational Therapist assessed her and effected installation of the toilet in her home in Chalfont St Peter, Bucks.

    “They wanted to keep me in hospital because I couldn’t use my arms, and they were struggling to organise appropriate support care for me back at home,” explained Rose. “I told them about my Clos-o-Mat; after some persuading, they agreed I could go home, as I would be able to undertake my personal care at least.

    “Before the crash I was a social worker, and knew through my work about Clos-o-Mats. I was very aware of the potential impact it could have on my life, my independence.”

    Rose’s Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita features a ‘soft-touch’ hand/foot switch, which means she can operate it with just light pressure from her foot. This, together with the bath lift in her wetroom, means she can undertake her all personal hygiene without carer intervention.


  • Rugby world cup tries to extend Millennium accessibility

    Millennium StadiumThe Millennium Stadium is now closer to achieving its aim of removing any barriers to its use by disabled people: it has opened a new Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the new facility is strategically located on Level 3, opposite Aisle 331, the most level and accessible floor of the building, and where the highest number of disabled seats is allotted.

    “We’ve been wanting to include a Changing Places for some years,” explained Stadium Facilities Manager Darren Crossman. “A full review of space has recently been completed, which enabled us to allocate a suitable location for the toilet. A contribution from the Rugby World Cup (England 2015) has assisted us in being able to proceed, and install the Changing Places as a stand-alone project, and have it open ready for the rugby kick-off in September.”

    Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s Changing Places project manager, “With a capacity of nearly 75,000 people, and 1 in 5 of the population being registered disabled, it is great that the Millennium Stadium has opened a Changing Places to accommodate people who need a carer to help them with their personal hygiene. The Stadium is joining Wembley in installing these toilets. We hope more stadia will step up to the plate and follow this exemplary approach to inclusivity, which is ‘desirable’ and judged best practice under current guidance and legislation.”


  • Complete service helps achieve value engineered solution in hygiene

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

    East Dumbartonshire

    The Department for Education has updated its Building Bulletin 103 Area Guidelines for Mainstream Schools, which, for the first time, lays down a minimum size and required equipment for a school hygiene room. However, few building services companies fully appreciate the breadth of equipment and associated ancillaries required, or have the capability and ability to supply, install and commission the raft of equipment involved. 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 building services company can fit it. But it contains more than a WC; it has highly specialized equipment such as 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- be it new build or a refurbishment/upgrade- is kept on track as far as possible- all key factors in the value engineering process.”

    To access Clos-o-Mat’s project management facility for hygiene rooms, and thus optimise value engineering in at least this element of a build, the hygiene room section, or contact the office on 0161 969 1199.

  • Optimising independent living in social housing

    RoeburnA new social housing project will meet residents’ needs now and in the future through forward-thinking specification.

    Each of Leazes Homes’ nine bungalows on its development at Roeburn Way, Newcastle has been purpose-designed specifically to enable people with physical disabilities to live as independently as possible. Thus, each features a raft of assistive fixtures and fittings, including level access throughout, wheelchair-wide doors, an adjustable kitchen, and a fully-accessible wetroom in place of bathrooms- each of which is equipped with a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita automatic shower wash and dry toilet.

    Clos-o-Mat service engineer Nevil Houlis worked closely with contractor Galliford Try, undertaking site surveys, then commissioning each Clos-o-Mat, to ensure that, from moving-in day, residents could toilet with optimum independence, control and dignity.

    “Our key ethos is to provide high quality affordable homes and services- including support services- for people in need; Roeburn Way has been specifically designed to allow people with physical disabilities to benefit from independent living, with the support of site staff if needed, in line with our strategy of focusing on development for people with special needs,” explained Sharon Freed, Leazes Homes’ Investment Delivery Manager.

    “Installing Clos-o-Mats in the bungalows ensures that tenants can be independent from the outset, and over time, even as their requirements change. The Clos-o-Mats give flexibility of use now, and can be easily adapted, with accessories, with much less disruption than installing a conventional WC which may later have to be replaced with such assistive technology as a shower toilet.”


  • Pick ‘n’ Mix to facilitate school toilet upgrades

    With the imminent arrival of school summer holidays, Clos-o-Mat is offering building services and facilities managers a simple solution to efficient execution of educational building upgrades and refurbishments.

    Drafting Paper

    The company, Britain’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions in and out of home, has a developed a raft of ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ options for provision of compliant toilets and hygiene rooms for pupils with special needs.

    Options include any combination of design advice, supply, installation, commissioning or project management of all the equipment required for accessible toilets and hygiene rooms.

    “New Department for Education guidelines on hygiene rooms in schools were issued only in April, so there is a rush to bring facilities up to ‘spec’,” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-mat marketing manager. “We are the only manufacturer to offer a complete, in-house service. Specifiers and contractors can relax and delegate the responsibility to us, safe in the knowledge we have the products, expertise and ability to fulfil their needs from one source.”

    Full details of the service, and support data such as CAD drawings, white papers, are available here.


  • Change my Place, Change My Life

    If you need help to go to the toilet, getting ‘out and about’ can be difficult…

    Marwell Zoo

    But our inclusive society should be making it easier: where is your favourite, accessible place? Could it be more accessible? Importantly, how relevant are the toilets for you?

    Where would you LOVE to visit, but can’t because it isn’t appropriately accessible? What changes would make it accessible?

    Have your say @ #changemyplacechangemy life…. Or use the comments section below:


  • Have a lift!

    Harlaw AcademyToilet height can impact significantly on a person’s ability to use the WC with ease, especially if they have mobility limitations or are transferring from a wheelchair. But there is now an effective solution.

    The Clos-o-Mat Lima Lift combines all the benefits of a ‘conventional’ Clos-o-Mat shower (automatic wash and dry) toilet with its integral douching and drying facility, with the added advantage of fully automatic height adjustability.

    This enables the wall-hung unit to be raised or lowered to each user’s personal requirements, to make getting on, off and using, the toilet as comfortable as possible. To further assist users, the Lima Lift incorporates arm supports, which can be raised prior to the Lift being actuated, or lowered with the Lift, actuated via buttons inset into the right-hand arm.

    Manufactured in the UK, by leading disabled toileting solutions provider Clos-o-Mat, the Lima Lift is produced in flush-finished or surface mounted options- optimising installation regardless of wall strength and services ducting and channelling, and improving choice and bathroom/wetroom aesthetics.

    The unit is already proving a useful solution in both individual’s homes and multi-user environments.  Arthritis and osteoporosis sufferer Heather O”Brien commented, “Before my osteoporosis, I was only 4ft 8ins(1.4m), now I am 4ft 3ins (1.27m). I was really struggling to go to the bathroom. Because the Lima Lift can be easily lowered by finger-tip control it means I can easily get on and off the toilet without help, setting it at a perfect height for me.

    Heather Obrien“And with my arthritis, I struggle to grasp toilet paper: the washing and drying facilities mean I know I am properly clean, again without having to get my partner to help me. He doesn’t need the cleaning benefits of the toilet, and was very dubious to start with, as was I, but he uses them now too!”

    Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen has also installed a Lima Lift. Elaborates head teacher John Murray, “The implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act meant we had to make some alterations to the school, such as ramps at the front, to enable access for less able pupils and people visiting the school to use its facilities in the evenings and weekends. 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.”

    Adds Anne Brockman, Occupational Therapist for Grampian NHS who was involved in the specification of the Lima Lift, “The pupil’s wheelchair is quite high; we also needed to consider the different requirements of community users, so the Lima Lift provided an ideal solution, as its height can be adjusted up and down to help the user get on and off the toilet.”

  • New support…

    Going to the toilet without help is becoming even easier with Clos-o-Mat’s introduction of new arm supports for its Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet.

    Ropox Arms

    The integrated slimline support arms provide close proximity support. Their elliptical shape gives an easy-to-hold profile means getting on and off the toilet is even easier. Their proximity to the toilet (only 465mm from side to side)- closer than that of any other fold-down arm supports- further helps toilet transfer.

    An optional, clip-on raising pommel provides a little extra height support when manoeuvring if required, and an optional toilet roll holder ensures toilet tissue- if required- is in easy reach.

    The integrated arms are longer than standard, and can be individually, independently raised and lowered to optimise access to, and transfer to and from, the toilet. As the arms are an integral part of the toilet, they are ideal for installations where the wall construction behind is not capable of load bearing.

    The new arms are available as an alternative to Clos-o-Mat’s standard integrated fold-down support arms, and can be fitted on initial installation, or retro-fitted as the user’s needs change.

  • Com-prehensive approach helps deliver ‘best practice’ in accessibility

    The best leisure centre in the country is building on its reputation for excellence by investing in state-of-art facilities for disabled people.

    Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre

    Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, operated by Everyone Active on behalf of Mid Suffolk District Council, has added improved toilet and changing facilities to enable even more people to participate in the raft of sport and leisure activities, and simultaneously deliver ‘best practice’ at the flagship Centre.

    Project manager NPS turned to leading disabled toileting solutions provider Clos-o-Mat to achieve an efficient solution: from one source, obtaining all the equipment for a new swimming pool disabled changing room, pool disabled and baby changing room, conventional disabled toilet, and ‘bigger and better’ Changing Places accessible toilet.

    Explained NPS team leader Mark Smith, “Mid Suffollk Leisure Centre is a flagship, and has a very good reputation for its approach to inclusivity. The Council recognises the importance of decent toilet and changing facilities to encourage people of any ability to participate in sporting activities. The new disabled toilet facilities show it is possible to achieve best practice, cost-effectively.”

    Added Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, “Sport England now recommends that sport & leisure venues should have not just the accessible toilets that are legal requirements, but also a Changing Places facility. Now, anyone, regardless of ability, can visit the Centre knowing it ticks all the boxes in terms of changing and toilet facilities.”

    Under the project, Clos-o-Mat has equipped a new standard accessible toilet in Reception, plus a Changing Places toilet. With more space than a traditional accessible toilet, the Changing Places toilet also incudes a height adjustable washbasin, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, ceiling track hoist, and- instead of a conventional WC- a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita ‘wash and dry’ (automatic) toilet. In addition, Clos-o-Mat has equipped a disabled changing room and separate disabled and baby changing room poolside.

  • Changing Places at Wembley

    Wembley Stadium is now even more accessible to all, at all levels….


    The National Stadium has opened its new Changing Places toilet, ensuring it can accommodate every visitor’s personal hygiene needs. With equipment supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, the facility is the result of consultation with Level Playing Field and Attitude is All, who campaign for optimum accessibility for disabled sports and music fans.

    Conveniently located on Level 1 internal concourse Block 104, the Stadium’s Changing Places toilet provides more space than a standard ‘disabled’ toilet, and additional equipment of a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a height adjustable wash basin, hoist, peninsular toilet and privacy screen.

    “Over 2.5m people visit Wembley Stadium each year, 1 in 6 of the British population is disabled, so it is vital that, as a national venue, we provide appropriate facilities for everyone,” explained Wembley Stadium senior operations manager Peter Swordy.

    “We did have a similar hygiene room, but it was small and it and the equipment was not felt to be adequate. The new Changing Places toilet is the result of two existing toilets being integrated into one, giving the space for a wheelchair user and their carer to manoeuvre easily, and appropriate equipment for their toileting needs.”

    Under the 2013 version of Building Regulations Approved Document M, it is now ‘desirable’ for public buildings to include a hygiene room or Changing Places toilet; it is also ‘good practice’ under BS8300:2009.

    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.

  • 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 public toilet facility, in Manchester’s 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 purpose-built Changing Places public toilet is the first of its kind planned by Manchester City Council. Steve Dingley from sub-contractor Gariff Construction, commented, “Clos-o-Mat is a very professional company which helped ensure a smooth site installation.”

    Manchester, which is aiming to become the most accessible city in Europe, undertook considerable research and consultation at the design stage, in the belief that a Changing Places toilet would make a huge difference to anyone who needed help to use the toilet, and who would otherwise have to either curtail their trip, or not visit the city centre at all. A further one is already scheduled for installation on the ground floor for the Town Hall complex when it opens in 2014.

    The Changing Places toilet is larger than the usual wheelchair accessible (disabled) toilet, to accommodate the user and their carer. The WC is placed to allow transfer from either side, or for a carer to be alongside. There is also a height adjustable changing bench and ceiling hoist, supplied by Clos-o-Mat, plus a shower, 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 large ordinary wheelchair accessible (Document M type) toilets offering transfer from either side.

    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.

  • Optimise budgets and deliver better quality of life

    Home CareCare providers can get more for their money, and improve their clients’ independence and quality of life, simply by changing toilet equipment.

    Many elderly and/or disabled people need help to go to the toilet. That help can be eliminated simply by swopping a conventional WC for more appropriate equipment. Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, has developed its Complete Bathroom Collection which eliminates the need for a carer to help with toileting, enhances users’ independence and improves hygiene as a result.

    “Care provision is being increasingly stretched: latest data shows life expectancy in the UK has reached its highest level on record, with the number of centenarians alone increasing five-fold in 20 years. Disability is also on the increase: up by 1/2million in less than a decade, with manual dexterity and continence particularly both showing an increase in prevalence!” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager.

    “New research shows that a carer costs on average £18/hour; if they are visiting only to help someone go to the toilet, that’s an expensive spending a penny! You can’t put a price on someone’s feeling of wellbeing and independence. Regardless, it is cheaper to provide appropriate equipment, be it an automatic (wash and dry) toilet, a toilet lift than to send in a carer just to take that person to the toilet…And correctly specified equipment also addresses moving and handling problems, delivering flexibility with functionality.

    “If the care equipment is being provided by a local authority, further savings can be achieved by adopting our innovative ‘recycling’ package, whereby as and when one client no longer needs the equipment, we replace it, completely refurbish it and then install it in another location.”

    Clos-o-Mat’s Collection encompasses the brand-leading Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet, the height adjustable Lima Lifter, Aerolet toilet lifts, and shower chairs.

  • School investment delivers optimum personal care

    Bishop David BrownA school committed to a personalized learning environment has invested in advanced toilet technology to deliver its promise for a new student- and simultaneously achieve enhanced facilities for future pupils and the wider community.

    Bishop David Brown School in Woking has, under a refurbishment scheme for its pastoral facilities, just incorporated two new, special accessible toilets into the school. Equipment supplied by leading disabled toileting solutions provider Clos-o-Mat was installed by contractor Kier to create the rooms, which each feature equipment including a height adjustable washbasin and a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita ‘wash and dry’ toilet. with touch sensitive switch.

    Richard Charles, the school’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!

    “The adjustability of the basin means students can set it to suit use from their wheelchair; because the Clos-o-Mat toilets wash and dry the user instead of them having to use toilet tissue, the pupils don’t have to rely on staff to take them to, and assist them in using, the toilet, which improves hygiene, independence and dignity. The school is also used by the local community, so the new facilities optimise suitability for all.”

    Clos-o-Mat is the UK’s largest supplier and manufacturer of disabled toileting equipment. Its Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita 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. The latest version, the Palma Vita, is the only toilet of its kind developed specifically for disabled people, and features a range of accessories to enable precise tailoring to individual needs, backed up by in-house service & maintenance.