Elms Bank Specialist Arts College has opened a new state-of-the-art hygiene facility to ensure its ‘outstanding’ special needs provision extends to personal care.
The Bury-based college has opened a new, two-storey extension accessible for young people with complex learning and physical disabilities.
The new building includes three hygiene rooms, with equipment supplied by Total Hygiene and installed by Saunders & Taylor.
Each of the rooms is equipped with a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet, in addition to a touch-sensitive operating switch, electrically height-adjustable basin, full room hoist and a shower with a shower seat or changing bench.
Manufacutured by Total Hygiene, the Clos-o-Mat looks like a standard WC, yet has built-in optional douching and drying. This eliminates the need for the user or their carer to wipe clean after use.
Operated via flush pads attached on either side of the cistern, the toilet can also be controlled via a touch-sensitive switch.
Joshua Beaver-Gallagher, Elms Bank Business & Resource Manager, commented: “Accessibility is paramount at Elms Bank, and we have made the most of advancements in technology – state-of-the-art lifts and hoists, automatic door assists, and push-button and sensory activation to allow everyone to access the entire, and develop.”
“All of our students require various levels of special care hygiene, yet many have or want the independence to care for themselves in everyday life. By providing the hygiene rooms, students have the necessary facilities for their dignity to be maintained and respected, with as much or as little help as required. No two students are the same; the flexibility the Clos-o-Mat provides allows our students to maintain dignity and independence whilst using the hygiene room, more than a conventional WC would.”
With over 50 years’ experience, Total Hygiene has a range of equipment and support services to meet every personal hygiene need.
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