Best equipment for independent living

08 April 2021, 12:11

For 27 years-old Heather Scott, it’s the toilet. That may not be the obvious answer, but for anyone, being able to ‘go’ without having someone help makes a huge difference to their mental wellbeing and feeling of independence. Heather has a rare genetic disorder which means she is reliant on a wheel...
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Leaving home when you’re disabled

08 April 2021, 12:08

We all know growing up and leaving home is hard. It is even harder when you have physical and mental limitations. It is proven to be eased if something familiar goes with you along the journey. That is proving the case for 20 years old Chloe Stewart, although in her case the familiar is not.....
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Tackling life-changing disability

08 April 2021, 12:06

Not many men in their 50s would decide to cycle from London to Paris, nor take up wheelchair rugby. Yet that is what Dave Ralph from Letchworth has done. The former garage owner suffered a prolapsed disc at work a decade ago, but carried on working, with the result that he severely damaged his spina...
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Becky’s innovative solution to dealing with IBS

08 April 2021, 12:05

Becky Downie from Exeter says she now feels safe, and has confidence; she is managing to live independently, with just one care visit/day, despite her various limitations which include IBS. The achievement is the result of the latest addition to her adapted wetroom: a Closomat Palma Vita wash and dr...
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Hospice turns to tech to deliver dignity and reduce dependence

08 April 2021, 12:02

Specialist palliative care is being given an extra dimension with employment of assistive technology with a difference. Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham’s approach has involved installation of a Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet with touch sensitive switch, and height adjustable washbasin...
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“Beautiful” adaptation

08 April 2021, 12:00

How would you describe your toilet? For pensioners Leonard & Margaret Reed, their WC is “beautiful”. It is no ordinary toilet. It is a Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet, needed to give Margaret dignity now she suffers from fibromyalgia and dementia. It has been such a successful addition t...
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Holiday venue fulfills the dream

08 April 2021, 11:59

The experience of holidaying with a disabled member of the family was the inspiration of a dream to provide the ultimate in accessible vacationing. The dream has now turned into reality, enabling people with a disability to enjoy a ‘home from home’ break. The Moat House Annan, a 19th century histori...
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War of independence or: how a toilet is helping the fight against MS

08 April 2021, 11:57

One man’s fight against the degeneration caused from Multiple Sclerosis is taking place in….the bathroom. Ian Westgate (64), from Eastbourne, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than 30 years ago, but has always fought against the illness’ impact, to the extent he is a leading campaigner for...
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Accessibility is riding high

08 April 2021, 11:25

Improvements at a venue already deemed a Centre for Excellence are enabling anyone with disabilities, no matter how complex, to enjoy the benefits of a horsey holiday. Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Llanfynydd, Flintshire, is one of the UK’s leading disabled riding locations, offering equine experie...
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Adapting to help the whole family deal with arthritis, inclusion body myositis in London

08 April 2021, 11:21

A comparatively small change to the bathroom five years ago is enabling a London couple to retain their independence despite deteriorating conditions. And the alteration has been so beneficial, the whole family use it, and now they have duplicated the equipment downstairs. The adaptation has been re...
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The icing on the cake

08 April 2021, 11:19

‘The icing on the cake” is not a typical description of a toilet, but for Beverley Gazy that is how she feels. The toilet in question is a Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet. Its installation has transformed Beverley’s ability to undertake this very intimate area of hygiene without relying on h...
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Five star holiday access

08 April 2021, 11:15

Natural beauty is being given a new, accessible dimension in the Wye Valley. Thatch Close Cottages, a cluster of converted barns dating back to the 17th century in the scenic Wye Valley, has achieved Visit England ratings of 4* and 5*, and National Accessibility Gradings of V2, H2, M1 and M3. As a r...
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