Care Comment



    Most of us don’t give our WC a second thought, it’s something we take for granted, and just use- on average eight times a day.


    Give those phrases a second thought:

    something we take for granted

    on average eight times a day


    A key element of any care assessment is identification of how preventative services may help. Alongside that, using the toilet is one of the 10 qualifying considerations for social care. It is one of the top four key ADLs (activities of daily living).


    The bathroom is the most commonly adjusted room in home adaptations. The WC itself is the most adapted fixture therein- 25% of home adaptations involve a specialist toilet seat.


    Get it right, and you give someone the ability to ‘go’ with dignity, properly, without the indignity of using a commode or having to have a carer help them.


    Get it wrong, and it ends up having to be changed. That wastes time, effort, money and causing potentially undue distress to the recipient- not just in disruption to their home, but in that ability to ‘go’ independently, safely and with dignity.


    The right seat makes a big difference. It is only when you are faced with any limitation you realise how potentially restricting a standard toilet seat can be for any manual access, or to accommodate certain physical considerations and limitations. A ‘horse shoe’, bariatric, contrasting or soft seat makes a world of difference to the user’s ability to ‘go’ with ease, safety and comfort- for however long they are sat.


    A female with dexterity and/ or mobility issues would find it hard, if not impossible, with a conventional toilet seat to remove or insert a tampon. Many men, if asked, would say a conventional seat makes it hard to sit comfortably and accommodate their genitals. A person of either sex needing to change a catheter will similarly be restricted. A horse shoe shaped seat makes their life easier.


    An obese person will find it hard because of body mass to position themselves accurately over the toilet bowl. They may be sat too far forward, for example. Buttock cheeks may be pushed together by the seat, compromising their ability to evacuate their bowels easily, effectively and cleanly. A bariatric seat, or bench provides greater support.


    Someone who suffers from sensitive skin, sores, spends a long time sat on the loo, or lacks padding on their bottom would find a padded, soft seat much more comfortable.


    A dark coloured seat helps someone with visual impairment pinpoint where they need to position themselves.


    For all of those above, and anyone who has dexterity and/or mobility issues would also find it useful if they didn’t have to reach through the seat to wipe themselves clean. A shower toilet- one with integrated douching, and ideally subsequent drying, facilities too eliminates that. The complex- and potentially hazardous- manoeuvre of wiping clean is obviated, as, at the trigger, the toilet automatically cleans you.


    A shower toilet can also in certain circumstance, help people to ‘go’. The douche can be triggered and used to stimulate bladder and/or bowel movement.


    Get the toilet adaptation specification right, and it is literally life-changing for the recipient. After all, would you like someone to have to help you use the toilet? To wipe your bottom? Would you like to have to use a commode?


    Regardless of the physical benefits in terms of someone’s hygiene, there is the hidden cost of their mental wellbeing. Going to the loo on your own? Priceless!

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