The estates manager of Kingsweston School in Bristol has been full of praise for the Closomat Palma Vita shower (wash & dry) toilet, which has recently been fitted in the school’s new hygiene room.
Kingsweston School has evolved over its history as a special school to focus on the needs of pupils with profound disabilities, partnering with other special schools in the area so the specialist environments for all children with special educational needs in the area are met.
Its mantra is based round the Maslow theory, which specifically itemises excretion as a basic physiological element of the hierarchy of needs.
In line with that approach, the school is updating its facilities to provide appropriate support, which is including the creation of a hygiene room complete with a ceiling track hoist, height adjustable washbasin, height adjustable changing bench, and Palma Vita shower (wash & dry) toilet – all of which is being supplied by Closomat and installed by Aztech Building Services.
The Closomat looks like, and can be used as, a conventional WC – its integrated douching and drying functions guarantee the child will be efficiently and consistently cleaned after toileting, without the need for care staff intervention.
The new hygiene room mirrors the one already installed in the school a couple of years ago, and ensures compliance with the criteria laid down in Building Bulletin 104.
Estates manager, Clive Farmer, commented: “It was important to mirror the facilities we already have, as the children are familiar with that. It makes it easier for them to adjust to being in a different section of the school as they move from primary to secondary.
“When I chose the Closomat shower toilet for the first room, I hadn’t appreciated what a difference it would make to pupils and staff in terms of hygiene. It works really well, as it is better for the staff because they don’t have to wipe the children clean.
“It also means when other special schools, with which we partner use our facilities, have appropriate toilets for their pupils. I therefore requested that not only was a Closomat fitted into the new room, but that Closomat provided all the equipment, as it had previously.”
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