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‘Total’ independence helps Dan prepare for London 2012

Palma VitaWinning the bronze medal in the Boccia Team World Cup has helped Olympic gold medalist Dan Bentley guarantee his place in the individual Boccia event at London 2012.

It is the latest achievement for the 18 year-old and demonstrates his determination to succeed, following his move into his own adapted new apartment, and breaking his arm within days of moving in.

"Despite the broken arm, he refused to accept help," said Dan's mother Sandra. "He is SO determined; it was a massive help to his ability to prove his independence in that he had had the apartment's bathroom specially adapted, to be a wetroom with a Closomat toilet. As a result, he was able to carry on and undertake even basic hygiene unaided. "

The Closomat, manufactured in Britain, by Total Hygiene, looks like a conventional toilet, but has built-in, unique simultaneous flushing and douching, and drying facilities. The Closomat can be used as a traditional WC; additionally, pressure on the flush pads whilst seated triggers the douching and drying process. As a result, users (or their carers) do not need to manually cleanse to be assured of optimum hygiene. Dan's Closomat also has a touch sensitive switch, eliminating the need for physical strength to operate the toilet. He also has a maintenance agreement with Total Hygiene, giving him further peace of mind that the toilet will continue to function effectively: some Closomats are still in daily use 30 years after they were first fitted, as a result of regular servicing.

Adds Sharon, "Dan says the two most important things to him are to be able to go to the toilet without help, and eat (not at the same time!) The Closomat is vital to his being able to even contemplate living on his own. He first had one at boarding school (Treloar College), which is where he was first introduced to Boccia, and insisted we had one installed at home too, so it was inevitable he would want one in his own home."

Closomat is the first choice for disabled people and their carers, to deliver quality, easy to use toileting solutions that bring greater independence, dignity and hygiene.
Mark Sadler Sales Director

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Closomat helps ease progression to adulthood

Bradley
The angst of adolescence is being eased for one Stockport teenager and his family through the care and understanding of Stcokport Homes Adaptations Service....

Bradley, aged 15, suffers from severe epilepsy. Stockport Homes has moved the family of single mum Sharon and her five children into a new home created by merging two empty adjoining properties into one and incorporated special adaptations, including a Closomat Palma toilet, resulting in an improved quality of life for the whole family. Previously, Bradley had to sleep in the lounge, and cope with the rest of the family going through his 'bedroom' to and from the kitchen; the bathroom was upstairs, making it difficult for him to undertake basic hygiene.

Stockport Homes Adaptations Officer Gail Jones worked closely with the family to create a new home that accommodated Bradley's needs. As a result, Bradley now has a downstairs bedroom with en-suite wetroom including a track hoist and the Closomat toilet, and the whole ground floor being wheelchair accessible. Gail elaborated, "It was my suggestion to include the Closomat. Because it combines a conventional toilet with washing and drying functions, it reduces Bradley's reliance on his mother to assist with cleansing which gives him more dignity. As a teenage boy, he was getting quite distressed by the amount of help he needed to perform basic functions."

Bradley's mother Sharon commented, "Our new home is so much better for all of us. Bradley has quite complex needs and was getting upset as he matures. The introduction of the Closomat has made toileting a more respectful function for him, made life easier for us both and so made him happier. It's absolutely fabulous!"

The first bidet toilet/automatic WC developed SPECIFICALLY for the less able, by UK market leader Total Hygiene, the Closomat Palma Vita features technological improvements making it the most advanced unit of its type on the market.

Closomat is the first choice for disabled people and their carers, to deliver quality, easy to use toileting solutions that bring greater independence, dignity and hygiene.
Mark Sadler Sales Director

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Changing a toilet brings independence and dignity

Ellis Family BathroomA Leeds family is finding an improved quality of life with greater independence and dignity – by changing its toilet.

The Ellis' grown children both suffer from Muscular Dystrophy, the elder being diagnosed only two years ago. As part of significant home adaptation work, the family has had a wetroom installed by Leeds Council, complete with Closomat Palma Vita automatic shower (wash and dry) toilet.

To enable both of the children to live daily life with as much independence – and therefore privacy and dignity – as possible, the Closomat has been specified with accessories of integrated drop-down arm supports, twin douche spray, and touch-sensitive hand switch.

"It's a brilliant machine," says their mother. "The height of the Closomat is perfect for both of them, and the support arms and switch enable them to use it without any help from me. My elder child in particular, having contracting another illness, and would rely on me to help with toileting needs. It has made a huge difference to all of us!

The children don't need my help when they want to go to the toilet. They feel much more independent, and it's nicer for them to have that privacy."

Closomat is the first choice for disabled people and their carers, to deliver quality, easy to use toileting solutions that bring greater independence, dignity and hygiene.
Mark Sadler Sales Director

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Holistic approach enhances quality of life

Taking a holistic approach to a child's needs is improving not only his quality of life, but that of his whole family...

Sebastian Parkhouse, aged 8, has spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and learning difficulties with global development delay. He bottom-shuffles everywhere, and is unable to undertake basic personal hygiene, having to wear pads. But a holistic approach to his needs by Amanda Foy of the North High Peak & Derbyshire Dales Children's Disability Team is making, she believes, a massive improvement to his – and his family's – life.

Sebastian's school already had a Closomat 'wash and dry' toilet installed, which Sebastian is being rewarded for using, using pivotal transfer to/from his wheelchair. Looking to the long-term future, Amanda has arranged installation of his own Closomat Palma, with arm supports, as part of a home adaptation.

The Closomat Palma – a WC that incorporates integral douching and drying – sits as low as 410mm as standard, facilitating access and use by children and/or from a wheelchair. Looking just like a conventional toilet, it can be used as such, but has the optional ability, by simple hand or body pressing of the flush lever, to cleanse the user via the douche and drier, without the need for wiping with toilet paper. The adaptation removes the need for Sebastian to share an upstairs bedroom with his brother. Created from the family's dining room and adjoining workshop, which was used by Sebastian's father before his death from pancreatic cancer in 2004, the adaptation gives Sebastian a safe space of his own, complete with low level bed, soft area, wetfloor bathroom and the Closomat toilet.

"We have tried hard to take a holistic approach to Sebastian's needs, now and in the future," explains Amanda. "Even before it was fully finished, Sebastian was disappearing into his adaptation, enjoying his own space: it is the only place in the home where he can easily look out of the window and see the garden.

"Whilst he needs help onto the toilet, with the supports he can sit there safely whilst he toilets, and understands the reward system school has introduced when he 'performs'. In the long term will be able to 'go' on his own, without Mum, or school, worrying about whether he is properly clean, as the Closomat washes and dries him afterwards. Even now, as the Closomat washes and dries Sebastian after toileting, it improves hygiene for him and his carers.

Closomat is the first choice for disabled people and their carers, to deliver quality, easy to use toileting solutions that bring greater independence, dignity and hygiene.
Mark Sadler Sales Director

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Holistic approach to toilet needs eases transition from home to school

D TennantA young boy who was born with upper limb deficiency is finding his transition from home to school as easy as possible – in part due to the school's attitude towards his toileting needs.

Daniel Tennant, aged 5, already has a Closomat Palma Vita automatic (wash and dry) toilet, with a Rifton paediatric support over, at his home in Bathgate, West Lothian. His local primary school, Windyknowe, took the approach that, to feel like all his fellow pupils when he started school this term, and be as independent as possible, he needed similar there too.

Now, the same equipment has been installed- on the advice of his Health/Hospital Occupational Therapist - at Windyknowe Primary School by Closomat, and will be serviced and maintained by the company annually.

Looking like, and capable of being used as, as conventional WC, the Palma Vita has built-in douching and drying, so there is no need for the user (or their carer) to wipe clean with toilet tissue, with all its associated considerations of manual dexterity, balance. It also means the user is consistently cleaned to a hygienic standard. The Rifton fits over the toilet and is fully adjustable in both height and back support to securely support the child however big or small.

"Daniel's left arm stops above his elbow and his right has a very small forearm with three non-functioning fingers, so the Closomat gives him toilet independence at home and at school," explains Daniel's mum Stephanie. "Windyknowe has a reputation for collaborative working and using innovative approaches: the school has been fantastic in easing Daniel's transition. As a result, he is enjoying school and feels like everyone else as the Closomat allows him to go to the toilet on his own, the same as everyone else."

Closomat (www.clos-o-mat.com) is now Britain's biggest supplier of toilet solutions to maximise people's independence and dignity, be it at home or 'away'. Since the company was founded over 50 years ago, in excess of 40,000 of its wash and dry toilets have been installed in the UK, many of which are still in regular use 30+ years after first being fitted.

Closomat is the only company in its sector that offers, in-house, full sales and technical advice, supply, installation, commissioning and after-sales service & maintenance.

Closomat is the first choice for disabled people and their carers, to deliver quality, easy to use toileting solutions that bring greater independence, dignity and hygiene.
Mark Sadler Sales Director

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