Maintaining personal hygiene, managing toilet needs, and control over day-to-day life are key qualifying criteria for a Personal Care Budget. Best value can be obtained, where appropriate, by utilising funds for assistive technology rather than physical care.

So suggests Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s leading provider of helpful toilet solutions. The maths reinforce the claim: to pay for a carer for just one hour/day, for a year, just to help with toileting, costs more than twice as much as buying a wash & dry (bidet) toilet or toilet lifter. It even costs almost 25% more than buying both pieces of technology(*).

The equipment also gives the control, and independence, to ‘go’ as and when needed. It gives greater dignity than having to use a commode, or wait for someone to help you on, off, wipe. The funds released can be used to provide more care, where technology cannot substitute. Once purchased, the toilet, toilet lifter continue to support for years, especially as the Clos-o-Mat toilet can be fitted with accessories to adapt and accommodate changing needs. Further, with regular servicing & maintenance, it is proven to deliver toileting independence for decades.

“People who qualify for care tend to rely on the advice of their assessors, but there is a general mentality that the solution is to provide physical, manual care support. Yet the maths prove, where appropriate, people get better value using appropriate living aids to support them. It uses less of the available funds, meaning there’s more money in the pot for help with other aspects of daily life, especially if care is needed for more than a year.

“Not only does it give better financial value, it enhances their feeling of independence, dignity, and control: how do you put a price on that?” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager.

Clos-o-Mat’s range of equipment is already enabling tens of thousands of people to live independently, in their own home, without care support. The Aerolet toilet lift ensures safe, stable transfer on and off the toilet. The Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash/dry toilet is the UK’s brand leader and delivers independence, hygiene and dignity to the user by washing & drying them after toileting. The company’s raft of additional assistive technology- height-adjustable basins, changing benches, hoists, and body driers- helps create a stylish yet accessible bathroom or toilet, that can be easily and cost-effectively adapted to accommodate changing user requirements.

The equipment is complimented by the most comprehensive sales and after-sales support available in-house, including site survey, CAD blocks, technical and white papers for download, installation, commissioning, and repair & maintenance.

The range of Clos-o-Mat products is detailed on the company’s website, so specifiers and users can easily see the solutions, watch videos on how the equipment works, and find out how other users have benefitted.

Purchase price of a Palma Vita wash & dry toilet or Aerolet toilet lifter=  £2800, one-off cost. Cost of providing a carer for just an hour a day, 7 days/week, 365 days =  £6580 (UK Care Guide care calculator, based on care needed in Berkshire, Oxfordshire)