New data reveals that as many as 93% of existing homes do not meet even the lowest existing threshold of ‘visitability’ (accessibility), meaning that retrofitting and adapting properties will be the scenario for “the foreseeable future”.
Closomat is taking steps to make the process, in the bathroom at least, as painless and cost-efficient for all involved in adaptation delivery. Its latest offering aims to optimise efficient use of funding now, and in the long term, and ease the stress for all involved in rectifying issues that may arise as equipment ages and/or the client needs change.
Palma Life combines, in a one-off initial payment, supply and commissioning of a Closomat Palma Vita wash dry toilet, plus a total 10 years’ service & maintenance(1). The cover is in addition to the standard product warranty.
The Palma Vita, with its integrated douching and drying, empowers the client to deal with their intimate care effectively, safely and hygienically, without the need for a carer to wipe them.
It means the cost of the equipment, and its lifetime(2) servicing and maintenance is addressed in one, single cost, often as part of a Disabled Facilities Grant. This eliminates all the associated issues with funding and co-ordinating of future service and maintenance, with all the associated liaison with client, and administrative time and paperwork. It gives clients peace of mind that their equipment is appropriately covered. It gives a full ‘fit and forget’ solution for dignified, independent toileting, reducing or even eliminating the need for care intervention- for less than £1/day(3). The servicing and maintenance is carried out by the company’s own, in-house engineers or its national team of approved contractors, giving further reassurance as to the work quality.
Closomat’s Palma is also the only wash & dry toilet that can be accessorised, initially AND retrospectively, with different support systems, operating mechanisms, so the client can continue to use it even if their condition deteriorates.
“The bathroom is the room most frequently adapted to accommodate a person’s increasing inability to deal with even the basic ADLs (activities of daily living), including going to the toilet,” explains Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “Lack of dexterity is the third biggest limitation, yet is key to being able to use the WC- and be clean afterwards- effectively. Installing a Palma Vita, especially via our Palma Life package, delivers a solution that optimises practical use of funds and minimises future, potentially costly alterations to accommodate changing needs.”
Closomat was the first company to introduce shower toilets into the UK, almost 60 years ago. Uniquely, it is the only shower toilet company based in Britain, with British manufacture and full customer support before, during and after sales. Its uniqueness extends further: it is the only company in the sector to have its own, dedicated, nationwide team of service engineers, to commission every unit and deliver timely rectification of any issues( subject to the appropriate service agreement).