Toilet 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.
“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.”