To many people, you are only disabled if your limitation is physically obvious. We know, and appreciate, that many disabilities cannot be seen to the same extent, but still need to be addressed.
For example, research by Age UK highlights that incontinence- urinary and faecal- affects almost four million people aged over 65. The Bladder & Bowel Foundation reckons 6.5m people in Britain have some kind of bowel control problem. At least 6,500 people have a colostomy every year. All of these raise issues of cleanliness, odours, and skin health, and impact on one’s ability to undertake personal care.
Our bladders and bowels move on average eight times a day, so toileting is a big issue. Changing a conventional WC to a wash and dry toilet at least ensures the sufferer, and the toilet, is properly clean after an incident, and clean, and dried, to a consistent standard, and with reduced effort.
It also spares the user, carers, care workers from hygiene risks from faecal or urinary cross-contamination and potential associated health costs. And because the user is properly, consistently clean, there is reduced likelihood of residue soiling replacement clothing, thus reducing laundry bills!
And most importantly, it reduces, or eliminates, the need for the user to have a carer help them. There is no price you can pout on that dignity, self-worth and independence…