How toileting technology can help people living with MS
According to assistive toileting specialist Closomat, an increasing number of people with MS are turning to toileting technology to help them remain independent for as long as possible.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is on the increase. Latest figures from the MS Society indicate that about 100 people each week are diagnosed and that the number of people now living with the condition in the UK is growing by almost 2.5 percent each year.
Balance and co-ordination, and bladder and bowel regulation are two of the most common symptoms of MS. The symptoms explain why growing numbers of people diagnosed with the condition are turning to “toilet tech” to help live as independently as possible for as long as possible, says Closomat. Many have followed that route after using the technology at their local MS Therapy Centre.
Closomat’s wash & dry toilet – the Palma Vita – is a good example of toileting technology which can help people with MS.
Looking like a conventional toilet, it removes any stigma surrounding looking like a disability aid. Its integrated douching and drying ensures thorough cleaning, hygienically and effectively, eliminating the need to rely on balance and fine motor skills.
Uniquely, according to Closomat, the Palma Vita is the only toilet of its kind that can be accessorised initially and/or retrospectively to accommodate changing needs. Independent cost analysis shows that – irrespective of the intangible benefits of dignity, independence and feeling in control – there is a hard-financial benefit to choosing Closomat technology in place of paying for care support.
Karen Middlemiss from Kent MS Therapy Centre summarised: “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 is a very easy way for people to take care of those harder to reach areas.”
Diagnosed with MS a decade ago, Jay Denton further discusses the benefits of having a Palma Vita: “I never thought I’d get excited about a loo! I do now. Going to the loo if you’re disabled is one of the things that doesn’t even occur to you until you’re in that situation; it’s not on the radar. But when you are in that situation, it’s funny how little things make such a difference to your quality of life. It means I don’t have to depend on someone to help me.”
Closomat is unique in offering in-house, full client care for health professionals and patients, from design advice and site survey through installation, commissioning and subsequent service & maintenance.
Full details of Closomat’s products and services are available on its website