How to get four times more from your care budget


Whether an individual or a social care provider, the cost is always an issue.

If you are the person who needs help, it is not just the £, but the best value for money, the psychological impact of having to accept the need for help, the reliance on someone else to help do even the most basic task: the recipient’s mental wellbeing.

If you are a care provider, it is not just the £, but again the best value for money, the best use of what resources, and staff, that you have available, whether in a home care or care home environment.

Would you like to get four times more for your money?

Where appropriate, it is possible. It involves simply changing the conventional WC for a wash and dry, or “smart” version.

The ability to go to the toilet is one of the five key “activities of daily living” (ADLs) used to assess a person’s need for care intervention.

It requires more skills than many of us realise, whether we are doing it alone or with care intervention: getting on, off, reaching for and tearing off toilet tissue, the body contortions and balance needed to wipe, the strength and dexterity to wipe effectively to avoid matter being left in contact with the skin and all the associated health issues.

It makes sense, therefore, where suitable, to make the switch, to a fixture that addresses the flushing and cleaning all in one. A fixture that can be enhanced, be it with a simple grab rail to integrated support arms or even the WC equivalent of a riser recliner chair, to cover the getting on and off considerations.

And, as we all, regardless of age, become increasingly discerning in the aesthetics of our living environment, such fixtures have the added benefit of being stylish rather than institutional in their appearance.  They are the latest aspirational “gadget”.

But, most importantly in the cost of care argument, they can cost as little as 25% of the cost of providing care support for that one activity for a year. Bear in mind that the capital cost is a “one-off”: once installed, the support it gives continues for years. Whereas a carer has to be paid for every day, year in, year out.

Bear in mind too that, as with almost every home fixture, there are numerous versions. Some just wash, some wash & dry. The performance of each of those elements varies too. Some can be accessorised so continue to provide that independence even as the recipient’s needs and capability changes over the years.

We have produced a white paper to help get it right. It can be found here, for free reading/ download:


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Closomat is the UK’s leading provider of equipment that delivers independent and hygienic toilet solutions. It was the first to introduce wash & dry toilets into the UK. Today it is the brand leader. It is also the only company in the sector to be based, and manufacture in the UK, and offer in-house nationwide sales and after-sales support.

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