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 he could not sit properly, or unaided. As a consequence, even a basic daily function such as toileting meant he needed help from his wife Mary. The couple’s Occupational Therapist, Fiona McCourt based at the Newry Itec Centre, had heard about the Aerolet toilet lift supplied by Closomat, and recommended an Aerolet Vertical Lift be installed at the couple’s home under a Disabled Facilities Grant, supplied by C&A.
Mary Branigan says:
It’s made life so much easier! My husband was having such difficulty sitting or getting up from the toilet, and needed me to help him. The Aerolet has made our lives a lot better, and given him his dignity and independence.
The Aerolet toilet lift was supplied through The Care & Assist Company in Ballygowan, County Down, and is available through Closomat, the UK’s leading specialist manufacturer of toileting solutions for the elderly and disabled. The units fit compactly across any WC, and replicate the natural motion of standing up and sitting down, gently raising and lowering the user to position them accurately over the toilet as required whilst enabling the feet to remain in contact with the floor and maintaining the centre of gravity above the feet for balance. After toileting, the Lift can be raised by degrees to ease access for cleansing.
The Aerolet Tilt is primarily designed for people with balance issues, enabling them to simply lean against the seat and hold the integral arm supports to operate the unit, whilst the Vertical is more appropriate for those with limited or no flexion in the hips and knees. After toileting, the Lift can be raised by degrees to ease access for cleansing.