Standing transfers – technique, strategies, and adaptations
Humans are designed to stand but most of us cannot remember learning as when unhindered we usually start to develop this skill between 7-12 months old. However, it is something that we often take for granted; until it becomes difficult. We stand up for so many reasons whether it be for play, work, l...
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Facilitating Safe and Independent Toilet Transfers
An overview of the topic of Facilitating Safe and Independent Toilet Transfers, based on our recent webinar on the topic. Download the Full Overview Firstly, let us consider the definition of safe. This is defined by Merriam Webster (2021) as “free from harm or risk” or “protected from, or not expos...
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Having the choice on how to deal with good days and bad days…
How would you cope with going from a comfortable standard of living, with a husband, a young child and pregnant to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, becoming a single mum of two, and being “at the mercy of the state”? That’s the situation Jay (48) from Colchester found herself in less than a...
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Independence restored!
People who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy or similar conditions which affect muscle strength have had Aerolet toilet lifts installed, funded by Council grants. Mrs Jean Brand, wife of one of the recipients Derek Brand, of Halesworth, comments, The Aerolet is an absolute boon, marvellous! It has give...
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Having a lift!
Daily life and personal hygiene have been given a lift for one County Down couple, through the innovative application of technology by Closomat. James Branigan, of Kilkeel, contracted MRSA after a heart operation, which has settled in his hip and made even light flexion/bending painful to the extent...
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The best bathroom in the world..?
‘The best bathroom in the world’ is not in some grand mansion, but is the smallest room in the house in a traditional suburban home in the heart of Flintshire… It belongs to retired watchmaker James, who suffers from Inclusion-Body Myositis, a rare and incurable muscle wasting dise...
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Accessibility gives students a lift
Accessibility is being taken beyond basic requirements for disabled students in Scotland. Strathclyde University is investing in installing two additional Closomat ‘wash and dry’ toilets, manufactured and supplied by Closomat, over and above the existing four already located on its John...
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“Better than a throne!”
A new gadget at home is enabling a Muscular Dystrophy sufferer to stop feeling scared, and transformed a frequent, daily activity into “a delight”. And, says former teacher turned disability blogger Rosemarie Lawy, it has revealed a hidden benefit: the security it is giving her means she now feels s...
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Enabling toilet tech
When limitations make doing anything an effort, one man has found a great way, with toilet tech, to enable him to spend time doing what he wants to do, rather than what he has to do… Stephen, 58, has been disabled since he was 23, as a result of a brain haemorrhage and stroke. Deterioration.....
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Rob – disabled Royal Fusilier with fibromyalgia
Adaptation of a wetroom helps daily living for disabled Royal Fusilier with fibromyalgia, IBD, arthritis Who would imagine that a toilet could bring peace of mind to a whole family? That is what has happened in the case of Rob, who has, among other conditions, peripheral neuropathy, inflammatory bow...
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Coping with a ‘life-changing’…
Home adaptation is enabling Steve Hebben to continue with daily life tasks without care intervention. Steve (53), has spasticity down his entire right side following a serious car crash over 30 years ago, and IBS. In a coma for six weeks, he was told at the time he would never walk again; he has def...
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A brilliant idea…
When there’s only one toilet in the home, how do you deal with adapting it to ensure each member of the household can use it, despite height and mobility differences? For Frances & Tony Lloyd, the solution was simple yet, in Frances’ opinion, “brilliant”: the addition of one of Closomat’s Aerole...
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