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Clinical Description

Cerebral Palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination. It’s caused by a problem with the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth.

Typical presentation of symptoms in the patient.

The patient’s body can appear too stiff or too floppy.

Weakness in arms and/or legs.

Jerky, random, or clumsy movements.

Walking on tiptoes.

Learning disabilities.

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.

For added security, the arms can be further adapted with Lateral Body Supports which help the user maintain a steady seated position. A lap-strap can also be added to stop forward falls.

Activation of the Vita Range as standard makes use of the integrated elbow levers on the cistern. However where this may prove beyond the user’s capabilities, additional activation controls can be added – these simple to use, easy to understand devices range from a featherlight touch pad, an infrared passive-control and a single ‘one press’ remote control.

The Vita Range is also fully compatible with Aerolet toilet lifts, hoist transfers and/or use with shower chairs.

Young boy with Cerebral Palsy in wheelchair in the bathroom next to Closomat Palma Vita toilet

Sebastian P, aged 8, has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties with global development delay. He bottom- shuffles everywhere and is unable to undertake basic personal hygiene, having to wear pads.

Working with Sebastian’s Occupational Therapist Closomat established that he required transfer to and from the toilet from his wheelchair so a Closomat Palma Vita Wash and Dry Toilet was recommended.

In addition to the Wash and Dry Toilet, Integrated Fold-down Arm Supports were also recommended so that Sebastian could feel safe during his transfer.

The Palma Vita’s integrated washing and drying function was the main motivation for this adaptation for Sebastian to improve his overall personal hygiene and his mental wellbeing.

We have tried hard to take a holistic approach to Sebastian’s needs, now and in the future.

Whilst he needs help onto the toilet, with the arm-supports he can sit there safely whilst he toilets. In the long term will be able to ‘go’ on his own, without Mum worrying about whether he is properly clean, as the Palma Vita washes and dries him afterwards.

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