Easy does it
New 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.