'Outside the box’ thinking can now enable people to optimise independence and hygiene in their intimate care.
The Closomat Palma Vita, Britain’s brand-leader in wash & dry toilets, is the first WC of its kind that doesn’t necessitate major disruption to be installed somewhere within a home where there isn’t already a toilet. It can now be used with a macerator*, eliminating the requirement to closely connect to mains drains or soil pipework.
“Research shows currently over 300,000 people have a condition or disability which means their home is unsuitable and requires adaptation, a figure predicted to more than double by 2036+,” observes Ian Tomlinson, Closomat commercial director. “For many of them, the issue is one of accessing the toilet: there may only be one toilet in the house, upstairs, which poses a problem if going upstairs becomes hard. Indeed, a ground floor toilet is deemed one of the four key features of ‘visitability’ for someone with an impairment.
“Often it is possible to reconfigure an area downstairs that can become a cloakroom toilet, but gaining access to the mains drains can be a limiting factor in terms of distance, disruption and therefore cost. Using a macerator means a toilet can be created almost anywhere; all that is additionally required is water and electricity connections, which are much easier and less disruptive to access.”
The Palma Vita already has several unique features: it is the only toilet of its kind developed specifically for disabled people, and the only one that can be adapted as users needs change: at least 120,000 permutations exist. It is also the only one manufactured in the UK, supplied by a UK company, with a nationwide network of in-house engineers.
Looking like, and capable of being used as, a conventional WC, it has integrated douching and drying so there is no need for manual cleansing with toilet tissue, and all its considerations in terms of manual dexterity, stability, flexibility, faecal contamination, skin aggravation…
Since first introduced some ten years ago, more than 30,000 have been installed, making it the biggest-selling toilet of its kind.
The Palma Vita is complimented by its height adjustable counterpart the Lima Lift, plus provides a selection of personal care ancillaries- toilet lifters, height adjustable washbasins, hoists, changing benches and body driers.
Closomat, founded 55 years ago, and still family-owned, is unique in its provision, in-house, of design advice, supply, installation, commissioning and after-sales service & maintenance for the Palma Vita and its range of accessible toileting solutions at home and away.