Care home professionals battling to make ends meet as local authority fees fall behind the true cost of providing care, are being urged to save time washing and drying residents in the toilet as a way to save money.
Laing Buisson estimates that local authority fees are on average £30 per resident per week lower than the true cost of residential care, but Clos-o-Mat believes that switching to its wash & dry toilet can save this cost and more.
The Clos-o-Mat looks like, and can be used as, a conventional toilet, but it also washes & dries the user.
The need for care assistants to wipe clean after toileting is eliminated, the company claims. As a result, care staff can spend their time on other duties, reducing staff requirement and costs.
The £2800 capital cost of a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita approx. £2800 will be saved inside eight months, the company calculates, after which savings in staff costs start to accrue.
Amanda O’Neil, manager at Eshcol House which has already installed a Clos-o-Mat, says: “Clients comment on the fact they feel it gives them increased independence, and restores their dignity, instead of the emotional and psychological devastation of having to have someone clean them and deal with a very intimate issue. Our carers can spend more, qualitative time to our clients, as they are not spending as much time on bathroom duties.”