A purpose-built Centre to provide therapy, exercise and support for people with neurological conditions is optimising client ability to self-help – right through to toileting.

The MS Therapy Centre has just upgraded its WC facilities at the Mayfield Road, Huntingdon Centre, to enable anyone using their services to go to the toilet with little, or no, help. Its solution, after consultation with staff and clients, has been to install two Closomat Palma Vita automatic wash and dry toilets.

“The toilets have been such a good buy we are now fund-raising to install another in our third disabled toilet at the Centre,” Centre manager Fiona Arthurs said.

“We wanted something that anyone could use, either able bodied or disabled, with minimum of fuss, and our disabled users had to be convinced it would provide what they needed. Those with limited movement appreciate the side flush bars, as they can use their elbow to use the toilet, negating the need for help, which increases their confidence and self-worth.

“We thoroughly investigated the options on the market, but felt the Closomat best met all our members’ needs, with the peace of mind of after-sales service: in fact, we had a slight problem with one of the toilets, but the engineer came out speedily, sorted the problem immediately and took the time to explain to some clients who had not seen the toilet before how it worked.”