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Timely solution to ease ‘hidden’ housing crisis

A report by the Equality & Human Right Commissions maintains that part of Britain’s ‘hidden housing crisis’ is due to the length of time and poor workmanship in completing home adaptations.


In the bathroom at least, a solution to facilitate an efficient, professional and timely adaptation is available.

Closomat, Britain’s brand leader in accessible toilet and intimate care equipment, is now fully CDM (Construction Design & Management) 2015 compliant. The qualification compliments the company’s established service that already offers site survey, design advice, supply, installation and commissioning. Thus, clients can be assured that using Closomat will help address the challenge of making a timely bathroom adaptation.

“Housing is the cornerstone of independent living, yet many disabled people live in homes that do not meet their requirements,” says Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “According to the EHRC report, one of the primary challenges facing local authority providers in particular is project execution: poor workmanship, delay in completing the work, and the difficulty finding reliable sub contractors. Our project management service is designed to help overcome all of those issues, bringing to bear our proven reputation for quality, bearing in mind the most common room to be adapted under a DFG is the bathroom, and the toilet the most common fixture therein to be changed.”

The service is led by, but not confined to, a toilet adaptation- replacement of a conventional WC with a Closomat shower toilet. Closomat’s service also encompasses height-adjustable washbasins, toilet lifters, shower seats, ceiling track hoists, and changing beds, including specialist paediatric and bariatric solutions. It is complimented by Closomat’s unique ability to offer, i-house, subsequent service repair & maintenance packages, to deliver enhanced peace of mind for as long as required over the life of the adaptation.

Details of Closomat product and service offerings can be found on its website www.clos-o-mat.com – the ‘go to’ resource for enabling intimate hygiene strategies. The resource hosts, for all involved in DFGs, ‘how it works’ video, CAD blocks, NBS specification clauses, white papers on appropriate selection, case studies, in addition to all product information.

Closomat was the first company to introduce the concept of shower toilets into the UK, almost 60 years ago. It produces, in the UK, the brand leader and biggest seller in shower toilets, the Palma Vita, the only WC of its kind developed specifically for disabled people, and which can be accessorised- initially and retrospectively- to accommodate the user’s changing needs. The Palma Vita is complimented by a range of wall-hung and height-adjustable shower toilets, and additional fixtures to enable people to undertake their intimate care with as much dignity and independence as possible.

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