Counting the cost of care

There is an opportunity to potentially almost double the effective use of available funds in stretched care budgets. Where the appropriate, provision of assistive equipment can enable the care recipient to be independent, and in control, whilst freeing care staff for duties where their physical support is essential.

Where the appropriate, provision of assistive equipment can enable the care recipient to be independent, and in control, whilst freeing care staff for duties where their physical support is essential.

Closomat’s care package restores the client’s ability to go to the toilet without help. In a ‘year of care’ scenario, it costs between 25- 50% the cost of providing care staff to provide the same assistance- to help the client on and off the toilet, and/or to clean them(1).

The technology is a one-off cost, that will enable independent, consistent cleanliness and hygiene for years. The care support is an ongoing, year-on-year cost.

Beyond the financial implications, the provision of enabling equipment further enhances the recipient’s mental health and wellbeing, thus having a positive impact in PROM(2) and HRQoL(3) terms. It can improve hygiene, reducing incidence of skin complaints. It eliminates manual handling,  with all the associated positive benefits for the care recipient, staff.

Closomat’s care package comprises it's brand-leading Palma Vita floor-standing shower/ wash dry toilet, and/or Aerolet toilet lift.

The Closomat shower toilet has integrated douching and drying, so there is no need to manually clean after toileting. A range of operating mechanisms enables its tailoring to individual needs, initially or retrospectively as capability deteriorates.

The Aerolet toilet lift is in essence the WC equivalent of a riser recliner chair. Fitted over the WC, the unit replicates the natural motion of sitting down and standing up. It automatically and smoothly lowers the user over and onto the toilet and then raises them to stand, whilst ensuring their centre of gravity and thus balance remains stable. It is all controlled by the push of a button via integral arm supports, which simultaneously provide additional bracing as the resident transfers from wheelchair or frame to the toilet. Uniquely, Aerolet is available in a choice of tilting or vertical lift options.

“In appropriate situations, it’s a win: win situation,” says Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “There is a growing awareness of the potential to make better and greater use of assistive technology in the care sector and to take a more holistic approach to care provision. In its truest definition, assistive technology is any aid which enables a person to undertake ADLs(4) independently: our care package does just that, giving independence and control over a very private, intimate ADL.”

Full details of Closomat’s care package can be found on its website www.closomat.co.uk

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