By Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s brand-leader in accessible toileting
Would you like someone to have to help you on the loo? To wipe your bum?
Having difficulty using the toilet is not something as a nation we willingly admit to, yet it affects millions of us, whether we are still in our own home or in a care environment.
Regardless of age, disability, 20% of the adult population has difficulty doing everyday tasks- that includes going to the loo. And when you bear in mind it’s something we all do, and do on average eight times a day, it becomes a topic that maybe merits looking at.
Difficulty using the toilet includes being able to get on and off, to easily and effectively clean afterwards- to reach, rip off and twist, turn to use toilet tissue.
There are numerous assistive technology aids to facilitate the process, and enable you to use the loo with dignity, and, as far as possible, unaided, that help you feel, and be, independent, yet hygienic, in control.
GETTING ON AND OFF
Do you need a riser recliner chair in the lounge? If so, chances are you’d find a toilet version helpful. A toileting lifter, such as an Aerolet, fits over the WC and gently, automatically lowers and raises you over the seat whilst integrated arms give you support and safety. You don’t need a carer to help support you, which makes transfer safer for you, and them (in fact it can eliminate the need for their help!). Versions exist to accommodate your specific limitation, whether you have limited strength, stability in your legs or whether you have strength in, and can bend, your knees.
For larger people, bariatric versions exist which can physically accommodate 250Kg/36St, and have a special seat to ensure you are still sat comfortably. If you are in that bracket, a hoist may be useful to help your carer help you get into and out of the bathroom with optimum safety, to reduce risk of injury to you or them manouvering you.
It’s important for our general health, hygiene and feeling of wellbeing to be clean after using the toilet. If you think about it, what leaves you feeling more clean- wiping your face with a dry flannel, or washing it with water? The same applies to your bum, especially after going to the toilet. If you haven’t done it correctly and effectively, there’s the risk of faecal contamination on your hands, clothes, and potential for skin soreness.
So would a toilet that washes and dries you be sensible to help deal with toileting issues? It saves having to undertake all the physical contortion required to reach and use toilet tissue- and the inherent potential danger of you overbalancing, falling. Or it spares the indignity of having someone else wipe your bum for you- and will they do it properly, effectively, yet gently?
Versions exist that can be bolted over a conventional WC right up to top-of-the-range ones which look like- and can still be used as- a traditional loo but have integrated washing and drying. And they can even be personalised, when initially bought or subsequently, with accessories, to help you use it unaided for as long as possible.
We would, of course, say all of this. But we know from experience what an impact something as mundane as toileting and going to the toilet has on people’s daily life, whether in their own home or a care environment. It’s something very intimate, personal. As I said at the outset: would you like someone to wipe your bum?
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