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Clinical Description

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid.

Typical presentation of symptoms in the patient:

Osteoarthritis

Affecting the body’s cartilage, Osteoarthritis can cause stiffness and pain.

Deterioration of the tendons and ligaments.

Swelling of the joints.

Extreme cases can result in bone rubbing on bone causing pain and a loss of mobility.

Rheumatoid

Immune system deficiency.

Joint pain and swelling.

Extreme cases can see severe swelling leading to bones changing shape.

Reasons why the Closomat Vita Range of Wash and Dry Toilets can help

The Vita Range has a built-in wash and dry function providing complete hands-free toileting. The user remains seated after their bowel movement and activates the douche spray which cleans and then dries them (over a clean pan).

Additionally, the Vita Range can be equipped with Integrated Fold-down Support Arms which gives close-quarter support to the user, providing confidence and independence when toileting.

Where activation of the standard elbow levels may be beyond the capabilities of the user, additional methods can be addded. Most relevant in this case would be the Touch Sensitive Hand/Foot Switch, which only requires the lightest of pressure to give you the flush, wash and dry functions.

Theresa J’s health problems – brittle bone disease and arthritis – meant she couldn’t wipe herself properly; every time she went to the toilet, she was then having a shower because she didn’t feel clean.

After a visit to her local GP, she was referred to the local authority to see what help was available. Social services assessed her and arranged for a Closomat Wash and Dry Toilet to be installed in the bathroom.

Theresa explained

I was thinking about taking tablets to stop me ‘going,’ it was such a problem to be clean. I couldn’t reach behind, and the formation of my wrists and hands meant I couldn’t hold, or use, toilet paper.

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