Care homes could improve client dignity and independence, in effect for free.
A survey(*) has found 40% of small and medium sized enterprises- including care home operators- are unaware they can claim Capital Allowances tax relief. It applies to ‘plant and machinery’, including fixtures such as bathroom suites.
And, according to HMRC, the full cost of those items can be deducted from before tax profits (under the annual investment allowance).
“In effect, a care home could invest in our toileting assistive technology and it cost them nothing,” observes Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions.
“Then add in the other benefits. The investment makes a priceless difference to clients, in their dignity, feeling in control and independent. It helps achieve more efficient use of staff, as they could often be relieved of having to help someone go to and use the toilet, and be re-allocated to other tasks.
“The technology improves client cleanliness, hygiene, too. It potentially cuts laundry bills by reducing the amount of clothing soiled by continence issues, and avoids the risk of cross-contamination from faces or urine when hands haven’t been properly washed. It’s a win:win situation.”