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Shape shifters...

What’s your excuse? We’ve said many a time that one of the most common excuses ...

Published Date 08/10/18

Cadbury World...

I’ve always been determined to make sure the venues I manage are as accessible a...

Published Date 04/10/18

Include the loo in b...

When we make the decision to refurbish the bathroom, we typically think about co...

Published Date 04/10/18

Refurbishing? Get ar...

Toilets are an essential part of any building where humans are- whether it’s a w...

Published Date 10/09/18

Going to the toilet-...

Going to the toilet- excretion- is one of the most fundamental needs for human s...

Published Date 01/09/18

Going to the toilet ...

We all go to the toilet, in one way or another and the average person will urina...

Published Date 08/08/18

The needs of the mos...

Toilet discrimination has been in the headlines again- is it ever out of them?- ...

Published Date 04/08/18

Drip dry?...

The concept of shower toilets, and the associated “wellness” they bring, is beco...

Published Date 04/08/18

Be good sports and g...

It is hard to not be aware of sport this month- the World Cup, Wimbledon, F1 Bri...

Published Date 26/06/18

Facilitate future-pr...

In which sector do you think most of the home adaptations occur? Most of us woul...

Published Date 26/06/18

Just for one day?...

With summer approaching, we all start planning trips, days out. But for the mill...

Published Date 15/06/18

Housing for all...

There has been much talk in the media of late about the growing need for afforda...

Published Date 04/06/18

Would you pull your ...

Campaigners believe so strongly in the need to highlight the lack of suitable to...

Published Date 10/05/18

Don’t miss out…...

A new report into disability(*) maintains that businesses could be missing out o...

Published Date 27/04/18

Sitting comfortably?...

We assume that toilet seats are oval, a standard size. The only variation may be...

Published Date 27/04/18

Access the visible a...

We’ve all been ‘caught short’- away from home and for whatever reason needed the...

Published Date 28/03/18

Weight and toileting...

There is a frightening connection between your body weight and your ability to g...

Published Date 28/03/18

Grab a lift!...

In our away from home toilet provision, are we, as a nation, failing to grab a s...

Published Date 27/02/18

Stand up for toilet ...

How many of you- or your clients- struggle to get out of the chair?  ...

Published Date 27/02/18

Time to future-proof...

For years, we have championed that appropriate, timely adaptations reap dividend...

Published Date 15/02/18

New standard extends...

‘Best practice’ guidelines for accessibility relating to any building accessed b...

Published Date 07/02/18

"Just about managing...

It’s a fact of life that, with each day that passes, we change, as we age. Wheth...

Published Date 29/01/18

Changing toilet stan...

Best practice’ guidelines on assisted accessible toilet provision have changed, ...

Published Date 29/01/18

How #valuable is dis...

There’s a new global campaign to encourage business to tackle disability exclusi...

Published Date 16/01/18

Lucy Leonard - OT Bl...

I’ve been an occupational therapist for over 18 years and have always worked wit...

Published Date 15/01/18

Guarantee for indepe...

There are plans afoot for a cross-party guarantee for independent living- in ess...

Published Date 03/01/18

Positive caring can ...

The latest ‘buzz phrase’ in the health sector is ‘positive caring’- assessing ...

Published Date 03/12/17

Falling short in avo...

If we need the toilet when travelling in the UK, our ability to find somewhere...

Published Date 01/12/17

In future care about...

In recent weeks, there has been much debate about securing the future of ...

Published Date 03/11/17

Opening the door on ...

It’s reasonable, isn’t it, when you’re doing the weekly shop, out for a meal, th...

Published Date 03/11/17

Prevention is Better...

They say prevention is better than cure. They say the social care sector is in c...

Published Date 04/10/17

Do you ‘Get it’?...

We would hope that the people who deliver the buildings we visit in our leisur...

Published Date 03/10/17

‘NHS airbnb’-OR EQUI...

The announcement of a trial whereby patients are discharged to ‘crowd source’ in...

Published Date 03/10/17

Improving the bottom...

The bottom line is that if venues appropriately accommodate their customers’ t...

Published Date 14/09/17

Grow your customer b...

If your shop or venue is inaccessible to anyone who needs care support, you’re e...

Published Date 05/09/17

Change in thinking c...

A new report has suggested that spending £270m on Disabled Facilities grants sav...

Published Date 04/09/17

Corporate social res...

The definition of corporate social responsibility is the idea that businesses ...

Published Date 15/08/17

Best use of social c...

Social care continues to be a hot topic- some would say it was a major influen...

Published Date 01/08/17

Meet the needs of th...

Many of ‘our’ campaigners for away from home toilets with a bench and hoist are ...

Published Date 17/07/17

Shouldn’t the Britis...

The British Standard- good practice guidelines- for accessibility and inclusion ...

Published Date 03/07/17

The ‘hidden’ impact ...

More than 20 people a day have a limb amputated as a result of diabetes- a figur...

Published Date 03/07/17

Lack of accessibilit...

For most of us a normal day involves getting out of bed, daily ablutions, and wa...

Published Date 16/06/17

It could be you!...

Most of us don’t give the impact of disability on daily life a passing thought. ...

Published Date 02/06/17

Look beyond the obvi...

You may well have seen the new ‘disabled toilet’ signage, that emphasises not ev...

Published Date 15/05/17

Not just about the m...

The cost of care seems to never be out of the headlines, but have we got the emp...

Published Date 01/05/17

Parliamentary call f...

Campaigners are celebrating now as their drive to open the doors of thousands of...

Published Date 28/04/17

The needs of the few...

There’s a commonly-held perception- reinforced by Regulations- that when designi...

Published Date 18/04/17

Helpful, for life!...

One thing that is inevitable in life is that we change as we age. Things we did,...

Published Date 01/04/17

It could be you!...

When you read about people lobbying for a change to the law affecting the prov...

Published Date 15/03/17

Freedom restored...

Most of us take for granted being able to go to the loo whenever we want, with p...

Published Date 01/03/17

“I’d never even thou...

To the majority of people, the ability to access suitable toilets away from home...

Published Date 15/02/17

“I’d never even thou...

We’ve all had that moment- until you’re faced with a situation, it hadn’t occurr...

Published Date 01/02/17

Fit for whose purpos...

The debate about accessible toilets being fit for purpose continues to rage amon...

Published Date 19/01/17

Broken toilet day!...

I’m extremely grateful to Anne Wafula Strike for speaking out about her recent h...

Published Date 12/01/17

Fit for purpose?...

Whatever appliance, tool we use in our daily life, we expect it to be fit for pu...

Published Date 05/01/17

Create value for cli...

In the commercial world, we always have to balance the ROI, optimise value. Us...

Published Date 15/12/16

The intangible benef...

There’s always discussion over delivering value for clients. The focus inevita...

Published Date 01/12/16

Can your toilet do t...

How many day-to-day things do more than a basic function? Phones, for example:...

Published Date 01/11/16

The definition of re...

There is much talk among about ‘reasonable adjustments’. But what is reasonable?...

Published Date 01/11/16

Rio 2016: the power ...

We watched in awe the personal triumphs at Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, ...

Published Date 04/10/16

What’s in a word?...

Those three little words have huge power, especially when it comes to Regulato...

Published Date 04/10/16

Return trips to the ...

I recently went to Stockholm on a family mini break, flying via Heathrow Airport...

Published Date 19/09/16

Join up services to ...

By 2025 almost 1.5 million people aged 75 or over will be unable to manage at le...

Published Date 01/09/16

The changing landsca...

Recent evidence has revealed that in the last decade over 1700 public convenienc...

Published Date 01/09/16

We all need to pee…...

Obesity is back in the headlines (does it ever go away?). There is always much...

Published Date 04/08/16

Toilet Aids – Caring...

By Robin Tuffley, Marketing Manager, Closomat As a nation, we don’t discuss t...

Published Date 02/08/16

Double discriminatio...

Inaccessibility doesn’t just discriminate against a disabled person. It discri...

Published Date 01/08/16

Loo of the Year Awar...

Since its introduction in 1987, the annual Loo of the Year Awards (LOYA) competi...

Published Date 25/07/16

They contacted me!...

I was amazed and impressed to be contacted by a small monkey sanctuary, Wild Fut...

Published Date 19/07/16

Made in Chelsea, wee...

Whilst I'm not particularly a birthday-celebrating sort of person I will happi...

Published Date 14/07/16

Firefly Community Po...

Grab a cuppa and have a listen to our latest episode of the Firefly Community ...

Published Date 07/07/16

Adapting to change...

Bathrooms are now the most common form of adaptation, even if it’s as small a th...

Published Date 01/07/16

How do you quantify ...

One would assume it is reasonable to expect to have access to a suitable toilet ...

Published Date 01/07/16

Size Matters...

I’m at that stage now, where I am saying I’m a father of a young man, not a chil...

Published Date 13/06/16

Hoists in Hotels...

‘I wanted to attend my son’s wedding – but I couldn’t because there was no hoist...

Published Date 13/06/16

Shouldn’t all homes ...

I am an architect and parent carer. Pre-children most of my design experience ha...

Published Date 06/06/16

Enabling access...

“As parents, carers, we shouldn’t need someone’s permission or to make an appoin...

Published Date 02/06/16

Milestone marker...

2016 is turning into quite a year for Total Hygiene, the company behind the Clos...

Published Date 02/06/16

Campaigner Laura Moo...

Picture this, you’re out with your beautiful kids enjoying your weekend, maybe...

Published Date 09/05/16

Changing spaces...

The Lords Select Committee into the Equality Act has reported that “many restaur...

Published Date 02/05/16

Sustainable toiletin...

Sustainability has become a buzzword in modern society, but its definition exten...

Published Date 02/05/16

Lorna FIllingham, Ch...

Meet the Campaigners: Lorna Fillingham ...

Published Date 15/04/16

Spending power- top ...

Disabled people are a big, and growing, audience, whose needs should be accommod...

Published Date 01/04/16

At your service!...

How long have you had your toilet? ...

Published Date 01/04/16

Professionals Need t...

Two months into my first job, I realised I had a problem. As a trainee solicitor...

Published Date 23/03/16

Toilet (in)accessibi...

“The NHS, by its very nature, will serve a higher percentage of people who need ...

Published Date 29/02/16

Top 10 tips for an a...

Theory is great, but think ahead to the practicalities: that applies to many t...

Published Date 29/02/16

Hoisting up requirem...

New research has shown that for 80% of people surveyed, having an accessible toi...

Published Date 01/02/16

Diabetes- a hidden i...

Say diabetes to people, and they don’t logically think of toilets, but going to ...

Published Date 01/02/16

Educating special ne...

Disabled students now account for almost 10% of further/higher education learner...

Published Date 04/01/16

Looking beyond the o...

To many people, you are only disabled if your limitation is physically obvious. ...

Published Date 04/01/16

Easy does it...

New research has shown that ease of use is the highest ranked consideration by b...

Published Date 01/11/15

Changing Places: poi...

We do occasionally get venues that have made the commitment and installed assist...

Published Date 01/11/15

Really?!...

There is an adage, especially in the building industry, that you get what you pa...

Published Date 30/09/15

Feeling the pressure...

When it comes to choosing a wash/dry toilet, the key is in its name: it is to WA...

Published Date 30/09/15

Add a voice to help ...

We’ve all been out and about and needed a toilet, but then struggled to find one...

Published Date 18/09/15

Care extends beyond ...

Some 1/4m special educational needs / EHC (education health & care) statemen...

Published Date 08/09/15

Getting the right su...

One of the most common home adaptation, especially in toilets, is provision of g...

Published Date 08/09/15

The Equality Act has...

One point overlooked in the issue over making ‘reasonable adjustments’ is the WH...

Published Date 18/08/15

Are you sitting comf...

A good sitting position is key for anyone when going to the toilet, to ease blad...

Published Date 17/08/15

Protect investment i...

According to one of our customers, it would be ‘foolish’ not to take advantage o...

Published Date 03/08/15

Bench press...

A key component of any hygiene room or Changing Places toilet is the adult-sized...

Published Date 29/06/15

Assistive technology...

We constantly hear of awful situations where patients cannot be admitted to hosp...

Published Date 29/06/15

Housing providers: a...

We are all aware of the Government’s wish for people to remain in their own home...

Published Date 02/06/15

‘Changing places’- w...

For designers and specifiers of public environments, compliance with latest regu...

Published Date 02/06/15

Cost-effective best ...

The Care Act has now come into force. As we see it, something as simple as provi...

Published Date 19/05/15

Suitable school toil...

We believe education providers need to accommodate pupils with special needs mor...

Published Date 22/04/15

Closomat – adapting ...

People change over time; so do their needs. Someone may only need the features...

Published Date 05/12/14

Toilet raiser – new ...

Apart from being able to feed one’s self, being able to go to the toilet unaid...

Published Date 05/12/14

Bariatric use...

The seat needs to be the correct size and shape, especially in bariatric situa...

Published Date 05/12/14

Life-changing peace ...

What happens if there is a problem with your Closomat? ...

Published Date 05/12/14

CP WBB 1-6, height a...

There have been some changes to the wash hand basins we supply for our Changing ...

Published Date 09/10/14

School Hygiene Rooms...

Carrying on the School Hygiene Rooms theme ...

Published Date 09/10/14

What is in a name? H...

We have seen a massive increase in amount of School Hygiene Rooms that are being...

Published Date 09/10/14

Changing Places Befo...

...

Published Date 28/04/14

How a Changing Place...

...

Published Date 27/04/14

Changing Places Serv...

...

Published Date 27/04/14

Technical details fo...

Waste (32mm) is 340mm from the floor, and 133.5mm (5 2/8”) in from the inside ...

Published Date 23/02/14

Mobile but going now...

Making use of mobile equipment when kitting out a Changing Places toilet or Hygi...

Published Date 23/02/14

Value for money and ...

To keep up with modern times, Closomat has designed a recycling scheme for Loc...

Published Date 20/12/13

Are you sitting comf...

A good sitting position is key when going to the toilet, to ease bladder and bow...

Published Date 20/12/13

Specifying the corre...

Whilst on site with an Occupational Therapist recently, the question of ‘which d...

Published Date 20/12/13

Colour...

I have touched on Colour Contrasting before (and probably will again) however it...

Published Date 13/11/13

All the little thing...

As the old saying goes “it’s the little things that make a big difference” and t...

Published Date 13/11/13

Need more space?...

One of the biggest barriers to installing either a Changing Places toilet or Hyg...

Published Date 13/11/13

“When is a tap not j...

When installing a DDA compliant (Doc M style) washroom the tap used on the wash ...

Published Date 01/11/13

A ‘waste’ of time?...

Of the many types of wash hand basins that are on the market, we always suggest ...

Published Date 01/11/13

Flat as a pancake...

Not only is the kit that we specify for Changing Places / Hygiene Rooms good val...

Published Date 01/11/13

How to do a Changing...

Friday 13 September 2013 contrary to the old wives tale was a good day for me......

Published Date 01/11/13

Hand dryers...

When it comes to hand dryers stick to what you know. ...

Published Date 01/11/13

CAD...

My life has been made so much easier since we introduced our 'drag and drop' Cha...

Published Date 01/11/13

Support!...

I am a big believer in trusting your gut instinct as it has kept me on the strai...

Published Date 01/11/13

Give me a sign...

I was recently able to use Twitter to prove a point regarding signage to a new c...

Published Date 23/10/13

Colour contrasting...

Not all disabilities effect your mobility...Some effect eye-sight. ...

Published Date 31/07/13

Technical Support...

It's not a new concept to install fully kitted out disabled washrooms or 'Changi...

Published Date 31/07/13

Flooring...

Current Building Regulations state that toilet areas in public buildings must al...

Published Date 31/07/13

“Shiver m’ timbers!”...

As previously discussed there are 3 main ways to fit a full room coverage hoist ...

Published Date 31/07/13

Sling it out...

Please be aware that it is not the 'done thing' for a venue containing a hoist s...

Published Date 31/07/13

Electrical query…....

I was recently over in Lancashire carrying out a site survey for a Changing Plac...

Published Date 17/05/13

Pre-installation sit...

One of the biggest hurdles I face, as a Project Manager is making sure that the ...

Published Date 13/05/13