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COM PalmaNew research has shown that ease of use is the highest ranked consideration by both a wash/dry toilet specifier and the user. After all, there is no point buying it if they can’t use it!

Ease of use involves many considerations:

  • its location/ positioning within the room
  • how the user gets on/ off the toilet
  • their dexterity, balance and strength
  • whether they or a carer will be operating it
  • the ability to change operating mechanisms if required as a disability evolves

Flush pads can be used by most users, requiring only hand- or elbow- pressure.

If manual strength is limited, a soft touch pad may be more appropriate as it requires little pressure to trigger the flushing and washing processes.

Remote controls enable operation by user and/or carer; however, they need good manual co-ordination and strength to ensure the correct button is selected, and to ensure they are held in the hand, not dropped down the toilet pan!

Infra-red proxy switches, if properly/conveniently positioned, avoid such considerations, but do require a degree of limb control to ensure they are not accidentally triggered.