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Local authority stops clients ‘hanging around’

Croes Atti Residential HomeFlintshire Council is delivering ‘supportive and caring’ help to residents, with new levels of dignity in one of its residential homes, achieved through use of state-of-the-art toileting technology.

Croes Atti Residential Home cares for up to 31 older people, of whom several require use of a hoist to move around. Home Manager Debbie Shearsmith has, with the backing of the Council, implemented an innovative approach to ensure they still retain optimum dignity when going to the toilet- she has had two Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry toilets installed in the bathrooms.

Looking like- and capable of being used as conventional WCs- the Palma Vitas have built-in douching and drying, which is triggered in conjunction with the flush. Users just remain sat on the toilet whilst their bottom is consistently and efficiently cleaned and dried.

“If a client needs to make use of the hoist, it isn’t very dignified for them being raised in the air whilst staff assist to keep them clean. This whole process is completely removed with the Closomats,” explained Debbie. “It’s nicer and easier for everybody- the person using it, and staff. I knew of Closomats from a previous care home; I’ve been keen to have them installed here; the Council recognised the benefits and provided the funding.”

And Debbie’s logic has been independently endorsed: according to the Care & Social Services Inspectorate for Wales’ latest report on the home, Croes Atti delivers help with personal care (including toileting) in a ‘supportive & caring way’.