Extra care in helping people be independent
East Sussex County Council is demonstrating a forward-thinking approach to delivering optimum independence and best value in supported living at its new project in Eastbourne.
The Council and partner Saxon Weald have designed and built 508 Seaside, with support services delivered by Sanctuary Supported Living, to provide 18 supported living apartments for affordable rent. The five ground floor flats have been purpose-designed to be fully wheelchair-accessible, for people with severe physical disabilities; four of these now include Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilets in the wetrooms.
Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, the Palma Vita has in-built washing and drying. Users achieve improved hygiene, as the douching and drying is automatic and set to specific levels. They also gain dignity and independence, as they do not need a carer to wipe them clean.
Research by Closomat shows that, if a conventional WC is replaced with one of its toilets, to eliminate the need to provide care support for toileting, the funding cost is recouped in just a few months.. The adverse psychological impact and lack of dignity in the user having to be helped toilet is also eliminated.
The Closomat is Britain’s top-selling wash and dry toilet, with almost 50,000 Closomats now in daily use. The Palma Vita is the only wash & dry toilet that has a raft of accessories to enable personalisation to individual needs, at the outset, and as their needs change over time. Over 150,000 permutations exist. Details of all the options, plus further case studies from real-life users, can be found here.