- Category: News & Social
- Published: Monday, 19 June 2017 10:50
- Written by Angela May
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A pensioner who has no strength in her arms is managing to retain her dignity and independence with minimal care support into her eighth decade, in part thanks to her toilet!
Sandra (76) contracted polio when she was just 20. After several years of stability, she developed Post Polio Syndrome, with increasing muscle weakness; she now has no functional arm muscles and little strength in her legs. She uses an electric wheelchair, but is still able to transfer unassisted from wheelchair to toilet with the aid of her height-adjustable Closomat Lima Lifter at her London home.
“It’s invaluable! I couldn’t live without it! I often have houseguests, and they use it too,” she said. “As my condition has deteriorated, I have gone from a normal loo, to raised seats, but I felt perched, unstable. With the Closomat, I can raise it to transfer, and then lower it so I feel comfortable and safe while I am using it. Initially I could do it all myself, I was totally independent. Now I don’t even have the strength to operate the controls, so my carer has to adjust it for me. But at least I don’t have to have her clean me afterwards, as the toilet does all that- I still have my dignity!”