Maintaining personal hygiene, managing toilet needs, and control over day-to-day life are key qualifying criteria for a Personal Care Budget. Best value can be obtained, where appropriate, by utilising funds for assistive technology rather than physical care.
So suggests Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of helpful toilet solutions. The maths reinforce the claim: to pay for a carer for just one hour/day, for a year, just to help with toileting, costs more than twice as much as buying a wash & dry (bidet) toilet or toilet lifter. It even costs almost 25% more than buying both pieces of technology.
The equipment also gives the control, and independence, to ‘go’ as and when needed. It gives greater dignity than having to use a commode, or wait for someone to help you on, off, wipe. The funds released can be used to provide more care, where technology cannot substitute. Once purchased, the toilet, toilet lifter continue to support for years, especially as the Closomat toilet can be fitted with accessories to adapt and accommodate changing needs. Further, with regular servicing & maintenance, it is proven to deliver toileting independence for decades.
“People who qualify for care tend to rely on the advice of their assessors, but there is a general mentality that the solution is to provide physical, manual care support. Yet the maths prove, where appropriate, people get better value using appropriate living aids to support them. It uses less of the available funds, meaning there’s more money in the pot for help with other aspects of daily life, especially if care is needed for more than a year.
“Not only does it give better financial value, it enhances their feeling of independence, dignity, and control: how do you put a price on that?” says Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager.