Hoisting compliance with lifetime homes

With the continuing emphasis o n giving people the ability to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, housing providers are being offered a new resource to create lifetime homes- friendly bathrooms.

Under updated design criteria for lifetime homes, bathrooms should be designed to be accessible, and provision should be made for the structure to be able to accommodate any future provision of a ceiling hoist, particularly between bedroom m and bathroom.

To help architects, social housing providers and builders get it right from the outset, Clos-o-Mat- Britain’s leader in the provision of disabled and elderly toilet solutions in and out of the home- has produced a new white paper – Design Guidance & Considerations for a Domestic Accessible Toilet/Wetroom.

The white paper covers everything from adequate space to manoeuvre a wheelchair through the role of colour and texture to the structural considerations to accommodate personal care assistive technology.

Clos-o-Mat moving & handling expert Kelvin Grimes says

“Our population is ageing and growing heavier. We already have over 1/4million people who cannot move around their home, so the role of ceiling hoists in domestic environments is only going to grow.”

“Yet a little thought at the design stage makes it much easier to adapt the home as the occupant’s needs change, even something as simple as peninsular location of the toilet, and makes the whole process as easy as possible. And, if required, we can supply, install, commission and service/maintain the equipment too, so customers have the reassurance of one, experienced point of contact for the whole process.”

Clos-o-Mat’s ceiling track (X/Y) hoists can carry up to 200kg (31stone) and can, at the push of a button, be moved to wherever needed within the room or on the same storey, precisely positioning the person where the carer requires- from one room to another, and over a bed, chair, toilet, shower seat or changing bench. The hoists are designed to support the user as needed, and be simple for the carer to operate.

The hoists compliment the company’s range of accessible bathroom technology, including the brand-leading wash/dry toilet, the Palma Vita, which is also the only unit of its kind developed specifically for elderly and disabled users.

Since its foundation over 50 years ago, Clos-o-Mat has provided over 40,000 wash/dry toilets throughout the UK. It is unique in its sector in having British manufacturing, supported by in-house technical and after-sales support.

The white paper is available for download, alongside a raft of CAD blocks for domestic and commercial toilet and washroom environments, and associated technical data, at Clos-o-Mat’s website www.clos-o-mat.com.