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Care homes of the future: how will they look?

Care homes of the future: how will they look?

As populations around the world begin to live for longer than they ever have, their individual needs related to their health become even more complex, and this is no different in the UK. What this means, is that care homes need to use greater amounts of, and more intelligent, assistive technologies. Furthermore, staff and care […]

4th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Care homes should turn to tech to ease staff shortages

Care homes should turn to tech to ease staff shortages

Care homes could ease the pressure of staff shortages, and potentially enable their residents to be less reliant on support for some basic activities, by making more use of technology. A new survey by UNISON has claimed the care system is failing elderly residents because of lack of staff. The survey found more than a […]

4th August 2017 | By | Reply More
One man’s solution to dealing with a life-changing accident

One man’s solution to dealing with a life-changing accident

If you ask Karl van Gool which fixture in his home he values more than any other, he’d say it was his toilet.   “The independence it has given me! I can go to the loo without my wife having to help me. It’s the most wonderful thing we have had put into our home,” […]

27th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Mylight bed light – A warm soft glow of light, where you need it, when you need it!

Mylight bed light – A warm soft glow of light, where you need it, when you need it!

Mylight from E3 Light Group is a series of innovative LED lighting products that have been designed to enhance lifestyle by delivering comfort and safety in your care home.   The mylight bed light will certainly give your residents’ room a distinctive professional design as well as the practicality, comfort and safety of having the floor […]

17th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Junior toileting support by Closomat

Junior toileting support by Closomat

Using the toilet is a bigger issue for children than people realise, whether a child is ‘disabled’ or not. One child in 20 is now disabled- a figure that has increased over 60% in five years. Continence issues affect 1 in 12 young people. That means over 1.5million children potentially need support. Changing a few […]

14th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Lifted to new heights of independence with assistive technology from Clos-o-Mat

Lifted to new heights of independence with assistive technology from Clos-o-Mat

A pensioner who has no strength in her arms is managing to retain her dignity and independence with minimal care support into her eighth decade, in part thanks to her toilet!   Sandra (76) contracted polio when she was just 20. After several years of stability, she developed Post Polio Syndrome, with increasing muscle weakness; […]

21st June 2017 | By | Reply More
Dealing with a ‘life-changing’ consequence of diabetes

Dealing with a ‘life-changing’ consequence of diabetes

Latest statistics are showing 20 diabetes sufferers per day are now having a limb amputated as a consequence of their illness- and the figure is rising with the growing prevalence of the disease(*).   Almost four million people in Britain have diabetes- a figure predicted to increase by 25% in the next twenty years(*). Amputation […]

12th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Wellbeing from the bottom up….!

Wellbeing from the bottom up….!

More people in Britain suffer from faecal incontinence than suffer from asthma or diabetes!*   Any bowel issue is rarely discussed, but it has huge consequences in terms of health, hygiene and wellbeing. New developments in assistive technology are enabling sufferers to deal with at least some of the consequences in a dignified, sanitary way. […]

12th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Lift hygiene and independence to new levels

Lift hygiene and independence to new levels

New levels of independence and cleanliness can be achieved with assistive technology developments in the bathroom.   Clos-o-Mat’s new-look Lima Lifter is unique, being the only wash & dry toilet that is also fully, automatically, height adjustable, every use.   So, whatever the user’s limitations in flexibility, consistent or fluctuating, or how many other people […]

19th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Think Outside the box to Support and Deliver Dignity

Think Outside the box to Support and Deliver Dignity

According to the Commission on Dignity in care for Older People, wellbeing is a fundamental issue on assessing needs. It further maintains that use of technology has huge potential to improve the quality of life, and should be considered, and used, more widely*.   One area that care recipients anecdotally report as affecting their wellbeing […]

27th March 2017 | By | Reply More
A toilet helps pensioner keep healthy!

A toilet helps pensioner keep healthy!

A Glasgow pensioner who uses a wheelchair is keeping as healthy and independent as possible, in part due to her toilet.   Margaret Shearer, 65, suffers from a rare neurological condition Transverse Myelitis (similar to MS ) that struck her literally overnight with no warning 15 years ago. The initial idiopathic attack caused her immune […]

2nd March 2017 | By | Reply More
Help elderly stay at home without home help…

Help elderly stay at home without home help…

A report has revealed that 1.4 million individuals reported having a medical condition or disability that resulted in them requiring specially adapted accommodation, of whom 22 per cent considered their current home unsuitable. And authorities believe this is actually an underestimate!*   By 2025 almost 1.5 million people aged 75 or over will be unable […]

17th February 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Dealing with obesity in daily life

Dealing with obesity in daily life

A new report* has highlighted that now, 60% of British adults are overweight or obese, and one in ten obese adults are morbidly obese.   To help overweight people deal with daily life, Clos-o-Mat has developed a range of bariatric solutions to help them at least go to the toilet with dignity and optimum hygiene. […]

11th January 2017 | By | Reply More
Enhancing safety around the loo

Enhancing safety around the loo

Using the bathroom, particularly going to the toilet, is one of the most dangerous places in the home. Making it safer by use of effective transfer assistive technology could reduce the risk, and also help older people stay in their own home instead of being admitted to long-term care.   Installing a toilet lift to […]

19th December 2016 | By | Reply More
An RAF engineer who defied medical expertise after a spinal injury is still retaining a degree of independence

An RAF engineer who defied medical expertise after a spinal injury is still retaining a degree of independence

An RAF engineer who defied medical expertise after a spinal injury is still retaining a degree of independence and refusing to succumb to his physical limitations, by using British toilet engineering expertise.   William (Buff) McBeath, 70, was told he would never walk again after his injury in the line of duty in the 1970s. […]

7th December 2016 | By | Reply More
AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN Productions programme: Caring Communities

AKW promotes independent living on Care England and ITN Productions programme: Caring Communities

AKW, the UK’s leading manufacturer of accessible bathroom, kitchen and mobility support solutions, has been extensively featured on a special programme titled ‘Caring Communities’, produced jointly by ITN Productions and Care England. Now in its third year running, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles, exploring the complex […]

6th December 2016 | By | Reply More
Get better use of social care budgets by using assistive technology

Get better use of social care budgets by using assistive technology

The strain on social care budgets could be eased, and bed-blocking alleviated, by using technology to enable elderly people. And it can deliver more cost-effective use of available resources.   So claims Clos-o-Mat, Britain’s largest manufacturer and toileting assistive technology.   “We almost constantly have reports from Health Services, Care Quality Commission etc about the […]

28th November 2016 | By | Reply More
‘Life-changing’ assistive technology raises independence

‘Life-changing’ assistive technology raises independence

“The term ‘life-changing’ is probably over-used nowadays but in this case it is accurate”: so says Andrew Watkins, talking about his toilet lifter.   He elaborates, “My Aerolet Vertical Toilet Lift has changed my life as it has given me back my independence, privacy and dignity. I can now manage all my toileting needs on […]

4th November 2016 | By | Reply More
How wheelchair friendly is your town?

How wheelchair friendly is your town?

How wheelchair friendly is your town? This is the question mobility company Fenetic Wellbeing asked five bloggers in a recent campaign to review the wheelchair accessibility of their home town, looking at factors such as parking spaces, counter height, signage and door accessibility.   Here is what the bloggers found when they took part in […]

3rd November 2016 | By | Reply More
Go to the bathroom to alleviate care provision pressure says Clos-o-Mat

Go to the bathroom to alleviate care provision pressure says Clos-o-Mat

Adapting the bathroom to be more accessible could alleviate need for home care provision for over 1/4million people in England alone.   According to a new Age UK report- Later Life in the UK- over 370,000 people aged 65+ in England receive community-based care & support.; 68% of people receiving care & support services said […]

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