Adapting without delay
Written by Angela May Published: 13 August 2019
Revised, authoritative guidance on the process of delivering home adaptations has been published, to simplify the process for all involved- healthcare professional, housing providers, builders, suppliers- and the recipients.
The new framework, in ‘Adaptations Without Delay’, centres around a person-centred outcome, and has been welcomed by Closomat, the UK’s leading manufacturer of enabling bathroom/ toilet solutions.
“We know from practical experience that the new, holistic approach that addresses an appropriate outcome for the client is good. Something as comparatively simple as switching a conventional WC for a wash & dry toilet, for example, is often classed as a major adaptation but is relatively straightforward,” observes Mark Sadler, Closomat Sales Director. “The new framework, with its four categories depending on level of alteration to the property, should enable more timely, proportionate solutions.”
Closomat has in place the appropriate tools to enable all parties affected by the framework to achieve suitable, best value intimate care adaptations.
Its national team of product specialists can provide timely site surveys and advise on equipment solutions. It has, in house, a fully C(DM) compliant project management capability. Its nationwide network of engineers can install, commission, and- importantly- service & maintain, the company’s range of bathroom/ moving & handling assistive technology. Its latest offering- Palma Life- combines in one package the supply and commissioning of the brand- leading Palma Vita wash & dry toilet with a total 10 years’ service & maintenance.
“It is an aim of the new framework to utilise resources available that relieve the pressure on Occupational Therapists,” adds Mark. “Closomat is already positioned to work alongside, with easy access to the resources to help reduce delays in adaptations, to expediate solutions that solve a person’s problems, and enable them to live independently with little or no care intervention.”