Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms surrounding vision, sensation, movement and balance.
Typical presentation of symptoms in the patient.
Vision problems, such as blurred vision.
Problems controlling the bladder.
Numbness or tingling in different parts of the body.
Muscle stiffness and spasms.
Problems with balance and coordination.
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. Where activation of the standard elbow levers may be beyond the capabilities of the user, additional methods can be added. 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.
For users that may spend a longer than average time on the toilet or suffer from visual impairment, the Vita Range can be equipped with a choice of soft feel seats, that are navy blue in colour. These seats (full aperture, horseshoe, junior) provide a soft yet sturdy place to sit whilst delivering a high colour contrast. The Vita Range is also fully compatible with hoist transfers and/or use with shower chairs.
Kent MS Therapy Centre chose to install its first Closomat Palma Vita Wash and Dry Toilet in place of a conventional toilet to help its members overcome the challenge of maintaining personal cleanliness, and enhance their feeling of wellbeing.
Centre Manager, Karen Middlemiss;
Some people with MS struggle with motor skills and muscle spasticity, which can make personal hygiene a challenge at times. It is really important to anyone’s wellbeing to feel clean.
The Closomat Wash and Dry Toilet is a very easy way for people to take care of those harder to reach areas. We do like the fact that the whole process of washing and drying cannot be heard outside of the toilet so people don’t feel embarassed about using it either.
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