Jamie Thompson was busy living ‘normal life’ as a property developer with a young family when his life changed forever. His sudden lack of fine motor skills whilst working on site was not due to the cold weather; it was the onset of Motor Neurone Disease.
Now, numerous adaptations to the family home have made life more manageable, including the installation of a Closomat Lima Lifter height-adjustable wash & dry (automatic bidet) toilet.
“It has proved invaluable in making what was becoming an incredibly difficult task simple again, and allowed me to retain my dignity and independence,” he says. “Until something like my illness happens, you don’t appreciate how fragile you actually are. I hadn’t seen a doctor in 25 years until this happened; It has completely turned my life around.
“The Closomat is a major benefit. I think it’s brilliant, it’s fab, I can’t say how much easier life is now, having a toilet that washes, dries, and rises, ” he says. “Using our conventional WC was putting a lot of strain on us, as sometimes I was forced to seek my partner’s assistance.
The Closomat Lima Lifter forms part of a complete re-vamp of the family bathroom into an accessible wetroom, plus the installation of a lift inside and out, riser recliner chair, and level access French windows, to enable Jamie to move around the house on his own as much as possible, all covered under a Disabled `Facilities Grant.
“The riser recliner helps, but I do feel like I could tip off. There was originally a suggestion to go for a similar piece of technology over the toilet, but I pushed for the Lima Lifter because I didn’t want that feeling of instability. I wanted to feel in control. I do with the Closomat: it rises smoothly, and remains level.”