Closomat has commissioned an Occupational Therapy-led guidance document to help professionals involved in the provision of toilet adaption equipment.
In launching the document, Closomat outlined how it would be relevant in both domestic and residential care settings.
The guidance, ‘Single Handed Care- Toilet Guidance for Professionals,’ applies the PEO (Person Environment Occupation) model to address how to change the environment from disabling to enabling.
It tabulates how use of appropriate technology, from hoists to wash & dry toilets, can reduce, or potentially eliminate the need for care intervention.
Robin Tuffley, Closomat’s marketing manager, commented: “On average we go to the toilet eight times a day. It is one of the five key ADL (activities of daily living) criteria. Choice of appropriate equipment can make a huge difference in enabling someone to deal with a very intimate activity with little- or no- help from another person, be it a family member or care worker.”
Adding: “Our guidance aims at providing an easy to use tool for anyone involved in delivery of care packages- in domestic or residential care environments- to get the best practical solution, balancing cost of care and the client’s health & wellbeing.”
Closomat went on to detail that with regard to the toilet, such technology not only enables single handed care to be achieved in reducing care support to one person, it can go as far as empowering the client to address their intimate care single-handedly, without any support or care intervention.