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  • Toilets Matter- National Awards!

    Loo of the Year 2016The Loo of the Year Awards 2016 honour the best in away from home toilet facilities, and the people who provide, maintain them.

    And congratulations to Gatwick Airport for being judged the best overall in the UK- and that includes a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet with bench and hoist….

    Click on Loo of the Year Awards 2016 to see the video....

  • Enhancing safety around the loo…

    Using the bathroom, particularly going to the toilet, is one of the most dangerous places in the home. Making it safer by use of effective transfer assistive technology could reduce the risk, and also help older people stay in their own home instead of being admitted to long-term care.

    Installing a toilet lift to help them get safely on and off the toilet, adding a wash & dry toilet with support arms to help them sit securely without having to reach for toilet paper or grab rails, both help enhance safety to get on, off and use the toilet.

    The aids also reduce or eliminate the need for care support, and, by making it safer to undertake personal care, lessen the likelihood of a fall and subsequent care home admission. That alleviates pressure on care budgets all round.

    Closomat is the leading company in the UK that can, in-house, supply and install the appropriate equipment, and subsequently service & maintain it, to deliver ongoing reliability.

    “The bathroom is actually one of the most dangerous rooms in the home!”, says Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “According to research, 14% of injuries occur whilst using the toilet, and for people over 85, more than half their injuries happen near the toilet. Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people and a major precipitant in their moving from home to nursing or residential care.

    “Assistive technology that makes life safer for our older generation has a hidden cost benefit too: it helps maintain their independence and dignity, which in turn enhances their feeling of wellbeing. That further benefits health budgets! We just care about making it safer and enabling people to undertake their personal care with dignity and hygiene; that doing so alleviates pressure on public funds is an added bonus!” 

    Closomat’s Aerolet toilet lift can be fitted over most WCs. Push-button control enables the user to be gently lowered and raised over the toilet as required whilst keeping them balanced and feet in contact with the floor. Tilt and Vertical options accommodate user needs, whether upper body weakness or lower body rigidity.

    The Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet had built-in douching and drying, so there’s no need to stretch, reach, twist to wipe clean. It can be specified with integrated arms to provide close support, or with an Aerolet over.

    The Closomat Lima Lifter in one unit delivers the individual benefits of an Aerolet and Palma Vita. Fully height-adjustable, the Lima Lift can be lowered and raised to help the user get on and off, or, in a multi-user environment, to be adjusted to individual preference.

    Price comparisons by Closomat reveal that the cost of even the most expensive combination is amortised in approximately 6 months of providing care worker home help for toilet duties.

  • Setting the standard in university inclusivity

    Setting the standard in university inclusivity

     

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    Teesside University is leading the field in health & wellbeing with an ‘all-inclusive’ approach to student needs.

     

    The University is the first of its kind in the region- and possibly the first in the UK- to install and open a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet. The facility is strategically located by the University’s new landmark building The Gym, next door to its state-of-art sports facilities.

     

    TeesideThe Changing Places toiletfeatures all the equipment now expected in a full-specification Changing Places to British Standards. To further extend the room’s use for as many disabled people as possible, the University has also replaced the conventional peninsular WC with a Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet with touch sensitive switch.

     

    “In designing and specifying the new Centre, our sport & wellbeing team took professional advice from our disability team; they recommended a Changing Places as an industry standard. We were also conscious about the need to replace and upgrade a similar facility that served the old gym,” explained Andy Maclaren, Teesside University Assistant Director Estates Services & Energy Procurement.

  • ‘MARVELLOUS’ JOB

    ‘MARVELLOUS’ JOB

     

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    An RAF engineer who defied medical expertise after a spinal injury is still retaining a degree of independence and refusing to succumb to his physical limitations, by using British toilet engineering expertise.

     

    William (Buff) McBeathWilliam (Buff) McBeath, 70, was told he would never walk again after his injury in the line of duty in the 1970s. He did learn to walk again, but years of wear and tear- particularly to his knees- and the onset of cellulitis mean he is now reliant on a wheelchair.

     

    To accommodate his needs, his home in Livingston has been majorly adapted, with a stairlift, and the bathroom turned into a wetroom, complete with Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet. Further deterioration in his condition has meant that he has now had a hoist fitted in his bedroom to enable his carers to get him out of bed, and his wheelchair replaced with a shower chair. 

     

    “The Closomat does a marvellous job. It means that at least when I go to the toilet, the carers don’t have to clean me. The whole point of having the Closomat was because I was having difficulty wiping myself,” he says.

  • Rewarding hygiene in schools

    Education providers are being rewarded for their commitment to improving hygiene in schools- especially in the toilet.Aberporth 

    The 2015 Loo of the Year Awards have, for the first time, introduced a special award for school hygiene rooms, sponsored by the market leader in toilets and bathroom assistive technology, Clos-o-Mat, with the inaugural Trophy being won by Ceredigion County Council’s Aberporth Special School.

    Now, schools, colleges and universities are being invited to begin submitting their entries for the 2016 Awards. There is a national award category for each country- England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales, plus the overall UK Trophy.

    Says Mike Bone, Loo of the Year Awards managing director, “Poor toilets have a negative impact on pupils and students who may avoid using the toilets because they are dirty, smelly, lack basic provisions, are not private enough, or because they are not allowed to go to the toilet when they need to. There are medical conditions that can be caused or exacerbated by the avoidance of, or limited access to, school toilets.

    “The provision of access to high quality toilet facilities is a key factor in education. It can have a positive influence on pupils’ willingness and ability to learn, their behaviour, morale and attendance levels. Access to well-designed and attractive toilets which suit the needs of all types of users of educational establishments should be a right and demonstrate respect for our younger generation.”

    Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat hygiene room project manager. “Hygiene rooms, or care suites as they are sometimes called, are increasingly important in any school building, new or a refurbishment, extension. More and more children and young adults with special needs are entering mainstream education, and going on to further education, university: 1:20 in mainstream school is now disabled. And there is the issue of toilet-training among infants, and continence- almost 1million children and young adults have a bladder and/or bowel problem.

    “It is our awareness of the growing need for the facilities, and ensuring those facilities are good, that we have introduced and are continuing to support the hygiene room awards at Loo of the Year.”

    Educational establishments wanting to submit their facilities for the 2016 Awards can do so online: http://www.loo.co.uk/190/Entry-Form. And to help them get the facility right, Clos-o-Mat has a raft of support information re specification, white papers etc available here.

  • Cleaning up…

    Cleanliness issues for millions of older people- and their carers- could be enhanced, by simply changing the loo…

    Research by Age UK* highlights that incontinence- urinary and faecal- affects almost four million people aged over 65, and more than half of our care home residents. That raises issues of cleanliness, odours, and skin health.

    “Our bladders and bowels move on average eight times a day, so incontinence is a big issue, especially when you consider the numbers of people it affects,” explains Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of dignified toilet solutions for elderly and disabled people. “Changing a conventional WC to a wash and dry toilet at least ensures the sufferer is properly clean after an incident, and clean, and dried, to a consistent standard, and with reduced effort.

    “It also spares the user, carers, care workers from hygiene risks from faecal or urinary cross-contamination and potential associated health costs. And because the user is properly, consistently clean, there is reduced likelihood of residue soiling replacement clothing, thus reducing laundry bills!”

  • Pub wins ‘oscar’ for the best accessible loos in the country!

    If you want to use Britain’s best assisted, accessible toilet , go to the pub…

    Loo of the year

    JD Wetherspoon’s showcase Velvet Coaster on Blackpool seafront opened this year as the country’s biggest public house. It was also the first in the country to include a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet, for people who need the help of a carer. The venue has now added another accolade to its tally, winning the 2015 Loo of the Year Trophy for the best Changing Places facility across the UK and Ireland.

    The Changing Places Trophy, sponsored by the UK market leader Clos-o-Mat, is the top award available for assisted, accessible facilities in the awards for away-from-home toilets; in addition to the Trophy, Wetherspoons’ also won the best accessible toilet award (Scotland), the best pub & bar toilet award in each of England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales, and the national award in the individual category. Co-incidentally, Clos-o-Mat supplied and installed the equipment required to create the Changing Places toilet at Velvet Coaster.

    “Wetherspoon’s has a reputation for setting the standard for toilets in the hospitality sector. Over 92% of its pubs entered in the Awards achieved a platinum rating,” observed Loo of the Year Awards managing director Mike Bone.

    The Loo of the Year Awards have been running for almost 30 years, and are the ‘Oscars’ of the away-from-home hygiene industry.

  • Accessible leisure

    The town alleged to be the best place in Britain to live is now even better, especially if you are disabled….Touchwood

    Solihull, in the heart of England, has opened a state-of-the-art assisted accessible toilet at its prestigious Touchwood Shopping Centre. The Changing Places suite means that anyone who would need the help of a carer to go to the toilet when away from home now has suitable and appropriate facilities for their personal hygiene.

    Conveniently located in the Centre’s Orange welcome hall, by Shopmobility, the Changing Places- supplied & installed by Clos-o-Mat- gives more space than conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets, and additional equipment, including a ceiling track hoist and adult-sized height adjustable changing bench The Changing Places is open from 7.00am- midnight Monday-Saturday and 9.00am-midnight Sunday.

    “Going shopping, enjoying a meal or a drink out are activities most of us take for granted,” explained Touchwood general manager Andy Cole. “But if you have profound or multiple disabilities, or need someone to help you go to the toilet, these pleasures become difficult, if not impossible, because conventional wheelchair accessible toilets are not big enough, or do not have the equipment you need.

    “Changing Places campaigner Tony Clough approached us, and helped us understand what a difference inclusion of a suitable toilet would make to tens of thousands of people who could visit Touchwood, and enjoy its 80+ shops, 20+ restaurants and bars….”

    Adds Tony, “We go to the toilet on average eight times a day. If you need help with your personal hygiene, even a simple trip to the shops becomes curtailed, or you can’t go at all. Changing Places toilets mean millions of people across the UK can do things many of us take for granted, without worrying about whether there are suitable toilets available.”

  • Changing places at the movies

    The problem of trying to visualise how an assisted washroom should look, and how equipment fits in, is solved with an online, 3D video.

    The Changing Places accessible, assisted toilet video is available to view here. It has been purpose-developed to help architects, facilities and/or estate managers, occupational therapists, access consultants and building services contractors, appreciate how the room differs from a standard (Document M type) wheelchair-accessible toilet, the range of equipment therein, and how it all integrates to enable anyone who needs the help of a carer to go to the toilet when away from home.

    “It may be corny that a picture paints a thousand words, but it is true,” says Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat Changing Places/hygiene rooms project manager. “However good a brochure is, actually seeing the equipment in situ, how it moves, operates, and integrates, always helps one’s understanding of a concept.”

  • Loo of the Year Award - 2014 Video

    PAT ON THE BACK FOR SPENDING A PENNY WELL

    The “Oscars” for the best ‘away from home’ toilet facilities hit the screen: get a feel for the Loo of the Year Awards, and be inspired to enter or nominate for 2015….

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Changing Places to set a standard for school hygiene room provision

    Architectural designers and contractors are being given a new solution to a growing problem over specification and installation of accessible hygiene facilities in schools.

    New Department for Education guidance (Building Bulletin 93) sets out a minimum space requirement for the specialist hygiene rooms, but there are no specific guidelines or criteria for the equipment therein. Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading supplier of hygiene rooms and their equivalent Changing Places assisted accessible toilets, is delivering a solution- a “pick ‘n’ mix” service that encompasses design advice, supply, installation, commissioning, project management, and on-going service & maintenance.

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

    Clos-o-Mat’s ability to deliver is demonstrated in that, in Kent alone, it has, in the past two months, supplied and installed 4 x hygiene rooms at different schools for the same contractor. “We have a 50+ years’ pedigree in provision of disabled toileting solutions,” adds Kelvin, “That is brought to bear, in that in addition to accessing the standard hygiene room equipment, we can apply our knowledge of the specific needs of children, who may require a raft of considerations from toilet and washbasin height to toilet support systems.”

    To assist all involved in the process, Clos-o-Mat has published white papers addressing accessible school toilet provision and specifically hygiene rooms in educational environments. The papers are complimented by a raft of tools including video, typical layouts, 2D and 3D CAD drawings, and case studies, all of which can be accessed here.

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  • Future-proofing Scottish inclusivity in education

    RiftonPupils’ capability for independence, now and in the future, is being maximised through application of a holistic approach to their education.

    A school for disabled children aged between 5 and 18, has the aim of providing an environment tailored to individual pupil requirements in education, therapy, health and personal support. As part of that target, it has upgraded its toilet facilities to accommodate the immediate needs of current pupils, but in a way that optimises adaptation for future requirements.

    The upgrade has involved replacing two Clos-o-Mat Samoa automatic shower (wash and dry) toilets with the more up-to-date Palma Vita model, complete with soft seats, soft ‘one touch’ operating pads, and Rifton paediatric support systems. The combination was developed in partnership with Clos-o-Mat, to achieve optimum flexibility now and long-term.

    The Palma Vita means the user- or their carer- does not have to manually wipe clean after toileting. The Rifton support system fully adjustable in both height and back; with its integral waist support strap and fixed arms and feet supports, it gives complete security to the child whilst on the toilet.

    “The toilets have been set up so we have three usage options- the Palma Vita with a junior insert and front folding rail for standing transfers, and where the child requires very little trunk control, with the Rifton used as a stand aid for transfers for pupils who need trunk support, and lastly with back support and the hoist for pupils who require full trunk support. As a result, we can give our pupils optimum independence when they go to the toilet, having the appropriate mechanical support systems to help them,” explained the school’s Jane Cochrane.

    “The upgrade was prompted by the needs of a new pupil: she uses a Clos-o-Mat at home, so we have replicated that set-up in school for her. By adding the further lifting and support systems, we have the capability to accommodate almost every eventuality on toilet transfer pupils may need in the future, too.” 

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  • Improving patient quality of care

    Leighton HospitalImproving the quality of patient care is being taken to new dimensions in Cheshire, as a result of commitment by local campaigners and the privacy & dignity team.

    The new dimension is installation of a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet at Leighton Hospital, in the link corridor between the Outpatients Department and the main entrance, for anyone using the establishment who needs the help of a carer when going to the toilet.

    Supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, the Changing Places toilet at Leighton Hospital also features a Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet, in place of a conventional WC.

    The hospital is the first in the county, and one of only 12 in the whole country (out of over 2000) that has such a facility.

    Phil Pordes, Dignity Matron at MCHFT explains, “Changing Places facilities are different to standard disabled toilets as they have extra features and more space to meet the needs of those with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Standard accessible toilets tend not to provide things such as changing benches or hoists, and most are too small to accommodate a helper where they are needed. Without Changing Places facilities, the person with the disability can be put at risk as their carers are often forced to change them in inappropriate places, which can be both undignified and challenging. I am therefore thrilled that we’ve been able to bring these fantastic facilities here.”

    Dennis Dunn, MCHFT Chairman added, “I am delighted that this new facility is now officially open at Leighton Hospital as it will bring numerous benefits to our patients, their carers, and visitors. The installation of this unit would not have been possible without the generous fundraising we’ve received for this project. On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank everybody who has made this possible.”

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  • Look out for best changing place in England

    The LookoutVisitors with disabilities can discover the best, suitable toilets for them in England, just by visiting Bracknell Forest.

    The Look Out Discovery Centre, owned by Bracknell Forest Council, set in 1000 hectares of woodland, has won the 2013 Loo of the Year Award (LOYA) for the best Changing Places accessible, assisted toilet in England, sponsored by Clos-o-Mat. The triumph means the Centre has now been recognised by LOYA every year for the last 19 years, with this latest success being the most prestigious.

    “It’s fantastic news!” said “Counsellor Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services. This is the highest Award The Look Out has received for our toilets, and builds on last year’s success when the centre was chosen as giving the best ‘away from home’ toilet facilities in the UK!

    “I am also delighted that we continue to maintain our high standards at The Look Out and have once again received a Platinum award in The Loo of the Year Awards for our toilets. Congratulations to our hard working team.”

    Changing Places toilets offer more than conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets, being developed for people who need the help of at least one carer to toilet.  They have more space (minimum 12m2) plus a height adjustable adult sized changing bench, privacy screen, and hoist.

    The Changing Places toilet at The Look Out, supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, goes beyond the national standard for the toilet, further incorporating a Clos-o-Mat Palma automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet. Looking like, and capable of being used as, a standard WC, the Clos-o-Mat has in-built douching and drying, so the user, or their carer, does not have to clean with toilet tissue. This enhances cleanliness, independence and dignity, and avoiding hand/body contact and potential transfer of contaminants.

    Inside The LookoutJacky Henderson, manager of The Look Out said, “Last year the centre had over 320,000 visitors. The provision of the Changing Places toilet, and its recognition as the best in the country, means than even more people, especially those with a disability, can enjoy what The Look Out has to offer, for as long as they like, without worry. With over 90 hands-on science activities, The Look Out is very popular with school children, so the Changes Places toilet has proved incredibly beneficial for the school visitors.”

    The Loo of the Year Awards attract over 1500 entries annually. The category for best Changing Places toilet was introduced only two years ago, to recognise the growth of the accessible, assisted toilets- over 500 are now open across the UK- and that their installation is now ‘desirable’ under latest Building Regulations. Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions in and out of the home, including accessible hygiene rooms and Changing Places, sponsors the Changing Places category.

     

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  • Loo of the Year award - 2013 Video

  • Changing places on site

    KelvinKelvin Grimes, senior project manager with Clos-o-Mat, the UK's leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions in and out of home, addresses the common site issues affecting a smooth installation of a Changing Places accessible assisted washroom/toilet.

    Much of the pressure of completing a construction project- be it new build or a refurbishment/upgrade- can be alleviated simply by logical pre-planning. A little thought at the outset onsite can have a major impact on the speed with which a job can be completed.

    Changing Places accessible toilets are a prime example: ‘bigger and better’ than standard wheelchair accessible, Document M type toilets, they incorporate more, and complex, equipment, to provide an appropriate environment for people who need the help of a carer to undertake personal hygiene.

    Under the latest Regulations*, it is now ‘desirable’ that they are included in any public building. In excess of 500 are already open across the country, so Changing Places toilets are becoming a common element of any build project to which the public will have access.

    Because they include hitherto rarely- installed equipment- such as height adjustable changing benches, hoists, height adjustable washbasins- Changing Places installations are either perceived to be difficult to install, or potential- and often basic- issues not even contemplated! As a result, an installation is often delayed simply because considerations have not been addressed- we have been to site to fit, only to find there is no water supply, no electricity, or only a minimum specification stud wall on which to hang equipment that is supposed to bear the weight of an adult…..

    To simplify, a Changing Places toilet is a toilet, just bigger- a minimum of 12m2- and with more equipment.

    Water supply if therefore a vital requirement, to operate the flushing of the WC! Suitable drainage is also required. This in itself needs consideration, especially if a shower is included in the specification, as ideally the shower should be level access.

    Electricity is also a necessity, with appropriate protection in line with current regulations, to power the hoist, height adjustable equipment, a shower and hand drier. The electrical, water and waste services need to be recessed into the wall, not surface-mounted/run. Also, if the height adjustable changing bed is positioned near the shower, the electricity supply needs to incorporate a RCD and be appropriately insulated.

    Walls need to be load bearing, as they have to carry not only the equipment, but the weight of an adult using the equipment. A stud wall is just not strong enough, so ideally use brick and block.

    Ceilings need to be high enough- at least 2.4m- to allow the ceiling track hoist to function properly, and suspend the user safely above the floor.

    Once installed, the equipment should be commissioned, and then serviced annually, with a LOLER inspection scheduled twice a year.

    Service & maintenance contracts provide an efficient solution, giving peace of mind and the assurance that the toilet facility is properly operational regardless of frequency of use.

  • Mission Christmas!

    COM TeamManchester based Total Hygiene / Clos-o-Mat have continued their run of charitable giving by getting behind the good cause Mission Christmas – a charity spear-headed by local radio station Key 103.

    There is an estimated 150,000 children in Manchester living in poverty and as a result will not be expecting a visit from Santa Claus.

    It is Key 103’s mission in partnership with the new Hamleys toy shop in the Trafford Centre to raise £1million worth of toys for the region’s impoverished children – allowing ‘mum and dad’ the chance to concentrate on putting Christmas dinner on the table.

    This mountain of toys will be taken today to the main drop off point for the area, ARCO based in Trafford Park, in a big van!

    For more information visit: http://www.key103.co.uk/mission-christmas/

  • Changing places at bullring

    BullringThe Midlands’ number one shopping destination, Bullring, has opened a new Changing Places toilet.

    The accessible toilet opened as part of the centre’s on-going review of facilities to enable all customers to enjoy the shopping destination.

    The new Changing Places room, located on the Middle East Mall, delivers more comprehensive toileting facilities than the existing nine accessible toilets.  With equipment supplied by the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, Clos-o-Mat, the Changing Places toilet has space to accommodate the user and up to two carers, a changing bench, hoist, washbasin and peninsular toilet.

    Tim Walley, General Manager at Bullring, commented, “Bullring is one of the most visited shopping centres in the UK, welcoming over 38million customers a year. Therefore we aim to provide the very best services and facilities. The Changing Places facility enables all our visitors to enjoy Bullring at their ease.”

    Added Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, “People go to the toilet about eight times a day, and make a conscious decision to visit places where there are suitable toilets. A Changing Places toilet means thousands of people who need more space and/or special equipment can enjoy things most of us take for granted- like a trip to the shops. Their need is recognised: over 500 have now been installed across the UK, helping us become an accessible, inclusive society.”

    Under the new (2013) Building Regulations, it is now ‘desirable’ to include a hygiene room/ Changing Places toilet in buildings to which the public have access ie a room that is minimum 12m2, and includes additional toilet equipment of an adult sized changing bench, hoist and privacy screen. It is intended to meet the toilet needs of the UK’s ¼+million people need help to toilet.

    Clos-o-Mat is the UK’s biggest manufacturer and supplier of disabled toileting solutions, and the most experienced in provision of hygiene rooms and Changing Places accessible toilets. Founded 50 years ago, the company was the first UK supplier of automatic (wash and dry) toilets. It has, in-house, the ability to deliver comprehensive design advice, supply, installation, commissioning, and after-sales service & maintenance, giving service providers a ‘one-stop shop’ for their accessible toilet requirements.

    Clos-o-Mat manufactures the Clos-o-Mat wash and dry automatic toilet, the only unit of its type developed specifically for disabled people: since the WC’s concept was initially developed, Clos-o-Mat has sold over 40,000, many of which are still in daily use 30 years after first being fitted.

  • Look out for best changing place in England

    The Look OutDisabled people can discover the best, suitable toilets for them in England, just by visiting Bracknell Forest.

    The Council’s Look Out Discovery Centre, set in 1000 hectares of woodland, has won the 2013 Loo of the Year Award for the best Changing Places accessible, assisted toilet in England, sponsored by Clos-o-Mat. The triumph means the Centre has now been recognised by LOYA every year for a decade, with this latest success being the most prestigious.

    “It’s absolutely great!” says Look Out manager Jacky Henderson. “This is the highest Award we have received for our toilets, and builds on last year’s success when we were chosen as giving the best ‘away from home’ toilet facilities in the UK!”

    Changing Places toilets offer more than conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets, being developed for people who need the help of at least one carer to toilet.  They have more space (minimum 12m2) plus a height adjustable adult sized changing bench, privacy screen, and hoist.

    The Changing Places toilet at The Look Out, supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, goes beyond the national standard for the toilet, further incorporating a Clos-o-Mat Palma automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet. Looking like, and capable of being used as, a standard WC, the Clos-o-Mat has in-built douching and drying, so the user, or their carer, does not have to clean with toilet tissue. This enhances cleanliness, independence and dignity, and avoiding hand:body contact and potential transfer of contaminants.

    Adds Jacky, “We already have at least 0.25million visitors a year. The provision of the Changing Places toilet, and its recognition as the best in the country, means than even more people, especially those with a disability, can enjoy what The Look Out has to offer, for as long as they like, without worry.”

    The Loo of the Year Awards attract over 1500 entries annually. The category for best Changing Places toilet was introduced only two years ago, to recognise the growth of the accessible, assisted toilets- over 500 are now open across the UK- and that their installation is now ‘desirable’ under latest Building Regulations. Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading supplier of disabled toileting solutions in and out of the home, including accessible hygiene rooms and Changing Places, sponsors the Changing Places category.

  • White paper brings clarity to disabled people’s toileting

    Douce SprayThe considerations of enabling disabled people to be as independent as possible in going to the toilet are clarified in a new white paper.

    Aimed at occupational therapists, carers, and the toilet users, the document- Guide to Specification of an Automatic Shower (Wash and Dry) Toilet- addresses considerations as diverse as toilet height, sitting position and operation, to ensure that the chosen fitting enables the user to toilet with utmost independence, dignity and privacy.

    Produced by Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, the white paper is available for free download here.

    Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, elaborates, “The Guide is an unbiased overview designed to help educate everyone involved in the purchasing decision to ensure the right choice is made. Issues such as how the user transfers to the toilet, their  size/weight, their gender,  can impact on the effectiveness of an automatic shower toilet, yet it may not always be obvious to take these into account.

    “Our aim is to provide an authoritative, yet independent, paper so that the installed toilet reduces or eliminates the user’s reliance on a carer for such personal hygiene.”

    Clos-o-Mat was the first British supplier of automatic toilets, and its latest evolution, the Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita, is the only unit of its kind developed specifically for disabled and elderly people. Since the first Clos-o-Mat was introduced 50 years ago, over 40,000 have been sold, some of which are still in daily use. The company is unique in providing- in house- advice, supply, installation, commissioning and after sales maintenance & service.

  • Changing places to boost January sales

    ShoppingForward-thinking shopping centres are set to see an increase in visitor numbers, especially with the January sales, simply because they have adopted a more accessible approach, in line with latest Regulations.

    Disabled people spend over £80b a year, yet 80% of them have, according to research, taken their business elsewhere because the location was inaccessible to them.* Research also shows people make a conscious decision NOT to visit somewhere if they feel there are not suitable toilets.

    Now, under the 2013 Building Regulations Approved Document M, it is now ‘desirable’ for any location to which the public have access to incorporate a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet in addition to standard accessible toilet facilities. Offering more space than traditional accessible toilets, Changing Places facilities further include equipment to enable anyone who needs the help of a carer to toilet to do so in appropriate, hygienic surroundings.

    The Trafford Centre, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, WestQuay, the Metro Centre, and Manchester Arndale have already installed Changing Places toilets, to enable more disabled people to spend time- and money- at the venues. The Trafford Centre is just one of the leading venues that chose Clos-o-Mat to supply and install the Changing Places toilet, and it further chose to replace the standard conventional WC therein with a Clos-o-Mat automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet. Andy Bates, customer services manager at the Centre, commented, “We pride ourselves on listening to our customers It was a lot of research, and listening to those customers, that focussed us on investing in  additional changing facilities, and user testimony is reinforcing we made the right choice.”

    Adds Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat Changing Places project manager, “We go to the toilet on average eight times a day. We have all experienced the need to use public conveniences when away from home, and made decisions either to go back somewhere or not because of the toilets! If you need the help of a carer, if there are not suitable facilities such as Changing Places, you end up potentially being changed on the floor, cutting your trip short, or even soiling yourself.”

    Clos-o-Mat is the leading supplier of Changing Places toilets, and the only British company capable of providing in-house design advice, supply, installation, project management, commissioning and on-going service/ maintenance of the equipment therein. Since the Changing Places campaign began, over 550 have been opened at venues across the country, enabling disabled people to enjoy life beyond their home.

  • COM-plete solution to accessible toileting ‘out of home’

    Doc MA ‘mix and match’ package is enabling operators of buildings to which the public have access to optimise the inclusivity of toilets and washrooms.

    Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist toileting solutions for disabled people, has devised a solution that encompasses options from a basic Building Regulations Approved Document M toilet, through to an all-encompassing hygiene room.

    Disabled people account for a UK spend of £80b pa, and research shows for the average business, some 20% of the customer base is disabled. It is therefore sound commercial sense to accommodate the needs of disabled people- including personal hygiene- in any environment to which the public have access- from a coffee shop to tourist attraction or major public building.

    “Under the 2013 Building Regulations Approved Document M, toilet accommodation needs to be suitable not only for disabled people, but forall people who use the building. Further, it is ‘desirable’ to include an enlarged unisex toilet incorporating an adult sized changing bench (hygiene room),” elaborates Clos-o-Mat Marketing Manager Robin Tuffley

    “In an ideal world, accessible toilets would be a minimum 12m2, and include a hoist, height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable basin and height adjustable automatic (wash and dry) toilet. But we live in the real world. In the real world, many current ‘Document M’ toilets are actually not compliant, or still make it difficult for some people to use them. Budgets and space inevitably impact on toilet provision.

    “Our in-house expertise and breadth of offering means we can work in partnership with the venue to deliver a ‘best value’ solution that meets legal requirements, and budgetary, space and ethical considerations, whilst still giving as many users as possible appropriate toilet facilities.

    Under the package, Clos-o-Mat can provide design advice, supply, install, commissioning and maintenance of fixtures and fittings required to create a Document M toilet through to a fully-equipped hygiene room or Changing Places toilet.

    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.

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